Damages to Archives in Iraq

Graham Shaw, Director of the British Library Oriental & India Office Collections, has posted on IFLANet an
„assessment of damage to Libraries and Archives in Iraq“, which gives a useful concise summary of what is known (and not known) so far about the fate of printed books, MSS & archival collections in Baghdad, Mosul, Basra and elsewhere. It can be found at
http://www.ifla.org/VI/4/admin/iraq0205.htm

[Iraqcrisis List]
Excerpts:
National Archives of Iraq (which shared the same building as the National Library): containing documents from the Ottoman period onwards – size of contents unknown (no published catalogue
traced) – likewise looted and burnt, but again some material at least (e.g. Ottoman cadastral registers) reported to have been evacuated beforehand and to be safe […]
[Basra] Archives of the Court of Justice: contain the Ottoman period documents on the Basra region – nothing known […]
[Conclusion] Most serious ‚irreplaceable‘ loss = National Archives – probably some documents from the Ottoman period will be duplicated in archives in Turkey – some documents from the British period will also be found in BL (India Office Records) – but by no means all
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See also the French „APERCU SUR L}ETAT DES BIBLIOTHEQUES ET DEPOTS D}ARCHIVES IRAKIENS AU TERME DE LA GUERRE D}AVRIL 2003“ in the same Mailing List.

19. Tätigkeitsbericht des Bundesdatenschutzbeauftragten

Im heute vorgestellten Bericht (PDF) von Joachim Jacob kann nach „Archiv“ gesucht werden. Man findet neben einem Hinweis auf das Zwangsarbeiterprojekt vor allem unter Punkt 17.2.2 Archivrelevantes: Muss das Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz Akten an das Bundesarchiv abgeben? Das wird eindeutig bejaht.