Archive of historical documentation

CELS has compiled and archived its own documentation since its beginnings, along with material it has received throughout its history. The main purpose of the archive is to strengthen actions in defense of human rights, collaborate on the historic reconstruction of events and provide elements for investigations. The archive is consulted by documentarians, researchers, students, educators, journalists, victims of state terror, family members and lawyers. Offices of the judicial, legislative and executive branches also consult it.

The CELS archive covers the period from 1974 to the present. The historical section includes material related to the first denouncements and documentation of state terrorism, and legal help and assistance to the families of victims. It also includes records of actions to promote and defend human rights during the democratic transition on issues such as institutional violence and economic, social and cultural rights, among others.

The 974 boxes in the CELS archive are divided into seven documentary groups: legal documents; press documents; records and documentation of state terrorism; institutional paperwork; actions and areas of work; documents from other organizations; thematic documents.

Because of the historic, political and legal importance of the documentation contained in the archive linked to the gross human rights violations committed under state terrorism, the archive was registered in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register as human rights documentary heritage.

The description of the sets of documentation can be accessed via this link.

Emilio Fermín Mignone archive

The Emilio Fermín Mignone Personal Archive, composed of 127 boxes, is a reflection of his work in the field of education and the promotion and defense of human rights. Given his vast trajectory in the public sphere, his personal collection is a valuable source for research, debate and reflection. This archive is complemented by the one donated by the Mignone family to the National University of Luján, also open for consultation at the university library.

To consult the archive, please complete and send this form.
The consultation itself is made at CELS’ offices.