What We Do

We strive to give the public greater access to a more complete and nuanced understanding of Iraqi history. While so many important historical documents are out of reach for the vast majority, locked away in archives or hidden behind paywalls; a great many are available, scattered across the internet. Archive Iraq has gathered as many of those sources as possible, organized them in an open-access website, and made them as available as possible within the constraints of copyright law. 

Compliance with Copyright Law and Fair Use Doctrine

We collect and preserve primary and secondary historical sources on Iraqi history, as well as producing our own sources (see our oral histories and the chapters on our timeline). However, we cannot make copyrighted materials available in their entirety due to copyright restrictions. In such cases, we offer guidance on where and how individuals can find those materials. 

There are a great many journalistic articles that are essential primary source materials. These articles are cited in our chapters and linked to our Zotero library, where readers can find permalinks to the original source. Reports from NGOs are similarly copyrighted items, but the links in our Zotero library will guide readers to the original reports. 

Academic journal articles are also cited in our chapters and linked to our Zotero library. However, many articles remain unavailable without a subscription.

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