Open Source Archives

We strive to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and the implementation of progressive and  participatory research methods, with the goal of generating tangible, durable changes in the way research about Haiti is conceptualized, implemented and applied.


Research Hub & Open Source Archives

EKO HAITI Research Hub is a research and knowledge mobilization platform focused on creative, collaborative and interdisciplinary research and associated research-based learning. We aim to become the intellectual “home” for research about Haiti by creating and providing open access to the largest crowdsourced research archive dedicated to Haiti, by fostering cross-disciplinary research and innovation, and by providing support for progressive research in the form of contextual expertise and training.

“The trees fall from time to time, but the voice of the forest never loses its power. Life begins.”

Jacques Alexis, Les Arbres Musiciens (Paris, 1957)
Haiti is the birthplace of a rich literary heritage that deserves more attention. Haitian authors open a window into this Caribbean nation’s vibrant culture and tumultuous history.

EKO HAITI collections include all works, published and unpublished by Anthropologists Gerald Murray, Glenn Smucker and Timothy Schwartz
Dedicated to the late great, Kreyolicious (Katheline St. Fort), our photographs archives holds a large collection of images dating back to the late 1800's .
40 years of development reports, evaluations and survey databases many of which are not publicly available, are buried in drawers, closets, private libraries of NGOs and government donors.


Oral histories are a powerful tool in developing historical understanding

Oral history offers an alternative to conventional history, filling gaps in traditional research with personal accounts of historically significant events or simply life in a specific place and time. Oral histories do more than provide charming details to dry historical accounts. In fact, oral histories help others recapture lived experiences that are not written down in traditional sources.

> Transcripts archive

" Bwa pi wo di li wè lwen, men grenn pwomennen di li wè pi lwen pase l "

The tallest tree says that it sees far, but the seed that travels says that it sees even further.



As an independent institute, we rely on crowdsourcing and donations to continue expanding the depth and scope of our archives.  Your contribution enable us to provide open access to a vast collection of ethnographic and research material which in turn aims at fostering further research and contribute to a better understanding of the country.

From GENÈSE DE L’ÉTAT HAÏTIEN (1804-1859) 2018. eds. Michel Hector and Laënnec Hurbon (ed.) p. 225-241

Une partie de ce document a été l’objet de ma conférence à la table ronde sur la « Création de l’É (…) Haïti a conquis son indépendance vis-à-vis de la France le 1er janvier 1804, soit après plus de trois cents ans de colonisation et d’esclavage (1492-1803). Dès sa naissance, l’État haïtien en construction avait voulu établir un système éducatif pour instruire son peuple, dont la majorité était composée d’anciens esclaves. En 1805, les fondateurs de cet État avaient établi six écoles nationales dans les six districts militaires du pays. Plus tard, ils avaient ouvert des écoles supérieures à Port-au-Prince pour former les cadres du pays. Ainsi, pour comprendre la place de « l’école dans la construction de l’État haïtien1 », on peut s’interroger : quelles étaient les caractéristiques de ce nouveau système éducatif ? Quelle était sa mission ? Quelle a été la nature et l’orientation de ce nouvel État ? Quel type de citoyen voulait-il former ? Ces questions nous invitent à examiner les politiques éducatives des fondateurs de la République d’Haïti, surtout entre 1801 et 1860, période charnière où la base et la structure du système éducatif haïtien ont été établies.