The several items in this issue revolve around the theme of human rights documentation. In 2007, CRL convened a Global Resources Forum on that subject. The forum, cosponsored by Columbia University Libraries and the University of Texas Libraries, brought together activists, scholars, jurists, librarians, and archivists to probe the issues surrounding the survival and integrity of evidence of human rights violations. The event inspired a number of subsequent, innovative library efforts to preserve critical documentation pertaining to recent campaigns of genocide in Rwanda, Guatemala, the former Yugoslavia, and elsewhere. These efforts and CRL’s longstanding work in this field, which has ensured the survival of such important bodies of evidence as the files of the Khmer Rouge’s notorious Santebal police and the records of Brazil’s secret military trials of the 1960s and ’70s, represent the important contribution of North American research libraries to modern society. CRL is pleased to continue to support such worthy undertakings.
Bernard F. Reilly, Jr.