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Hiẓb al-Ba'th al-'Arabī al-Ishtirākī Records (Ba'th Party Records)


More than ten million digitized page images and fifteen hundred video files collected by the Muʼassasat al-dhākirah al-ʼIrāqīyah (Iraq Memory Foundation) from the Ba'th Regional Command headquarters and other sources are housed in the Hoover Archives. This vast array of digital files illuminates political conditions in, and governance of, Iraq during Saddam Hussein's regime.

The materials are divided into two collections according to origin. The larger collection, which consists of documents created by the Regional Command of the Hiẓb al-Ba'th al-'Arabī al-Ishtirākī (Ba'th Party) and other administrative and security agencies during the Ba'th Party’s reign in Iraq, is accordingly titled the Hiẓb al-Ba'th al-'Arabī al-Ishtirākī Records, 1968–2003. A smaller set of video files and printed matter was created by the Muʼassasat al-dhākirah al-ʼIrāqīyah and other parties after the fall of the Ba'th Party and thus was assigned to a second collection, Muʼassasat al-dhākirah al-ʼIrāqīyah Records, 2003–2010.

Researchers must sign a user agreement before being granted access to the Ba’th party records because this collection contains personally identifiable information (PII) about human subjects.

Records may be viewed via a custom portal on computer workstations in the Hoover Institution Library & Archives reading rooms, with some printed matter of the Muʼassasat al-dhākirah al-ʼIrāqīyah available as hard copies. 


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Lisa Blaydes speaks about her research in Hoover’s Ba’ath Party Archives

Lisa Blaydes, assistant professor of political science at Stanford University and a Hoover national fellow, spoke Tuesday about her research in the Hoover Institution’s Ba’ath Party Archives, which were acquired through the Iraq Memory Foundation.

July 29, 2013
'The war will never end': Saddam's regime in Hoover Institution Archives

Millions of documents at Hoover give us an unprecedented view of the inside workings of Saddam’s authoritarian regime and how his Baath Party became a bloated bureaucracy, fed by an unending atmosphere of war. The Institution's collection on the Baath Party, which arrived at Stanford in 2008, includes nearly eleven million digitized pages and 108 video files. Hoover’s holdings on Iraq comprise fifteen collections, of which the Baath Party collection is the largest. (Another big collection includes video recordings of 190 survivors of Baath Party repression.) Click here to read the full article.

August 01, 2011
Saddam papers come to Bay Area

Amid the chaos of the U.S. lead invasion of Iraq there was discovery. There are volumes of records found in the basement of the Baath Party's regional headquarters in Baghdad. Go to the story

June 17, 2008
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