Rescuing two key series of the Old Prison Isla Teja Archive, Valdivia-Chile

The Isla Teja Old Prison archive contains records from the prison's operation from 1973 to 2007 as a standard and political prison during Pinochet's dictatorship. The materials that remain contribute to understanding the institution's history as well as the lives of its prisoners.

This project will work with the two most important series in the archives of Isla Teja Old Prison of Valdivia, Chile: the Prisoners’ Book Records and the Prison Incident Logbooks. Containing key information for recent history and human rights violations, this unpublished and unknown material will be organized, classified, described and preserved by an interdisciplinary team from the Universidad Austral de Chile in close collaboration with Gendarmería de Chile, the owner institution of these resources.

Project Details

Location: Chile, South America, Americas Organiser(s): Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP), Universidad Austral de Chile Project partner(s): Universidad Austral de Chile; Isla Teja Old Prison Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $15,000 Commencement Date: 05/2022 Project Status: Active
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