The FRI Community Archive is an independent community-based archive located in Calbor and Făgăraș, Romania. The archive works on the principles of participation, research, open access, and debate.
The archive collaborates with the local community that participates actively in the process of collecting archival records and collections. Our aim is to capture the living memory of the community through diverse sources including oral history interviews, personal collections, images, and artefacts.
The Community Archive actively supports research with the archival collections through special courses, workshops, and summer schools for working with archival sources and curated collections. Researchers working at the archive aim at regular publications based on the documents. Besides scholarly publications, our team encourages reflections on new approaches for using non-conventional sources, exhibitions, documentary movies, online evens, and experimental ways to communicate research to a wider audience.
The FRI Community archive develops its own methodology for oral history training for creating new archival collections while actively collaborating with researchers from the local community.
Archival records from the community archive are linked to important research areas for Făgăraș and the region.
Prospective Collections and Research Areas Include:
Dictatorship and Resistance: The archive of the Fagaras anti-communist resistance.
Military Technology and Industry under Communism: The Combinat archive.
Cultural Heritage: Archival collections focused on the villages in the area.
Migration: Memories and stories from XX century transatlantic migration, recent labour migration.
We encourage open unrestricted access to all collections with the permission of the contributors. The archive develops projects for digitization and online access to archival sources.
The archive has a special focus on the recent history of the XX century and organizes discussions and public events that stimulate the interest in the common recent past in the local community.