The Slave Trade Archives Project, initiated by UNESCO, is concerned with the access to and preservation of original archive materials relating to the slave trade. The project, which is funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), will be implemented within the framework of UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme, in collaboration with the International Scientific Committee for UNESCO's "Slave Route" Project and with the International Council on Archives (ICA).
The countries foreseen as participating in the project at this stage are: Angola, Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haïti, Mozambique, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Senegal, and Togo.
Within these limitations the project would act urgently to solve some of the problems involved in preserving and providing access to materials essential to the memory of the world and the common cultural inheritance of all its peoples.
A questionnaire was designed to gather as clear a picture as possible on the conditions of conservation of and access to these archives. A detailed programme will be drawn up from the results of the survey, taking into account the priorities desired by the regions and by participating countries, and by the relative urgency of their needs.
Persons and institutions willing to participate in this project are invited to fill in the questionnaire.