The Radio Haiti Archive, housed in the Human Rights Archive at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, will be an invaluable resource for scholars, educators, and members of the public interested in twentieth-century Haitian politics, society, and culture. The project will result in the preservation of the comprehensive archives of Radio Haïti-Inter, the voice of Haitian democracy from the station’s genesis in the 1960s to its closure in 2003.
In the coming years, the entire audio archive will be digitized and preserved in an institutional repository at Duke, with free online access for all. In the interim, the Forum for Scholars and Publics has created this website to showcase a small selection of recordings from the Radio Haiti Archive. More than 3000 additional recordings, on cassette and reel-to-reel tapes, remain to be digitized.
We welcome your comments and suggestions about the site, your memories of Radio Haïti, as well as particular topics, themes and recordings you might find of interest. Thank you for visiting the site!
The Radio Haiti Archive site was created by the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University.
Laurent Dubois, PhD, Director of the Forum for Scholars and Publics,
Meagan Bonnell, Communications and Media Director
Margaret L. (Lou) Brown, PhD, Director of Programs
Meagan Bonnell designed and built the website. Laura Wagner, PhD curated the website content in English and in Haitian Creole. Sandie Blaise provided exceptional organizational and technical expertise.
Very special thanks to Michèle Montas and J.J. Dominique for their generosity, collaboration and patience throughout this process.
This website would not have been possible without the hard work, forbearance and ongoing technical and archival support of Kat Stefko, Craig Breaden of the Rubenstein Library Technical Services, Zeke Graves of the Digital Production Center, and Patrick Stawski of the Rubenstein Library Human Rights Archive .
And finally, with gratitude to the many people in Haiti and beyond, living and gone, who contributed their voices and energy to Radio Haïti through the years, and who preserved, protected, and saved these tapes despite uncountable obstacles.
Homepage images courtesy of:
Jean-Louis, Maxan. Yo touye Jando. 2001.
Duval-Carrié, Édouard. Little Crippled Haiti. 2006.