The activities and projects of the CDF Library, Archive & Museum include, among others, the publication of original, unpublished or recovered materials, conserved in our collections; the Galapagos Oral History Project; the recovery of pieces belonging to the social memory of the islands based on archival documents; and the location and identification of pieces that belong to the island's cultural and historical heritage. Here we present the general lines of action, along with some outcomes.
The Galapagueana collections include a good number of unpublished documents: reports, diaries, manuals and other manuscript or typescript elements. One of the objectives of the CDF Library, Archive and Museum is to recover, edit and publish such materials, especially in digital format, to facilitate their access and dissemination. This section describes the processes and final products of this activity, and provides the download links for the materials, distributed in accordance with the copyright policies of this site.
The Environmental Education Guides of the CDF were created in 1998 as a way to support the processes of the Galapagos community. Today they see the light again in digital format.
A history of Galapagos in fifteen documents
A history of Galapagos in fifteen documents is a book that compiles and presents, with a simple informative purpose, textual materials that, from a heritage perspective, represent milestones in the history of Galapagos.
A considerable part of the knowledge and memory of the human species is transmitted through orality: the spoken word. Galapagoan history is no exception: memories, anecdotes, legends, family events and intimate moments are some of the elements preserved through word of mouth that are not recorded in any document. Oral history is essential to complete the fragmentary account of island history. That is the objective of this project of the CDF Library, Archive and Museum, the results of which are partially shared in Galapagueana.
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The spoken word
The CDF Oral History program focuses on recovering fragments of memory that are not preserved on physical media, but through words. An introduction to the phenomenon of orality is shared here.
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The importance of Galapagos' orality
Since, in many cases, there is no other documentary source available, orality has become the main repository of the social memory of Galapagos and, therefore, of its potential history. Hence the importance of CDF's Oral History program.
The set of memories, experiences and traditions treasured by a community, group or collective as part of their life experience makes up social memory: a series of stories and objects that allow maintaining and recovering the path traveled in the past to build present identities and design future projects. The CDF Library, Archive and Museum's social memory project aims to recover fragments of the social memory of the Galapagos, especially through archival documents.
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The Renacer Club was an environmental education proposal developed in the late 80's in the archipelago, and led by the CDF. Part of the social memory of a whole generation of Galapagos, here we recover its history.
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The slides of the Baltra base
The audiovisual collection of the CDF Archive contains at least two series of slides related to daily life at the base that the US Army Air Force established on Baltra Island between 1942 and 1946.
Documents and artifacts with historical value or significance are considered heritage pieces: cultural heritage, both tangible (three-dimensional objects, documental materials) and intangible (knowledge, oral tradition). The heritage pieces are knots in which numerous threads of knowledge and memory intersect, and represent essential moments and processes in the timeline. The Galapagueana (in)tangible heritage project focuses on the search and identification of elements that belong to the island's cultural heritage.
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A little tortoise
The tangible heritage of the Galapagos, poorly protected, is an essential part of the history of the islands. Constructions, signs, marks and objects are its components. Including the inaugural plaque for the Charles Darwin Research Station.
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The incubator at the CDRS
Among the structures that can be considered as part of the tangible cultural heritage of the Galapagos Islands (and part of its scientific memory) is the CDRS incubator, built by Anders Rambech in 1969 and still visible near La Ratonera beach.
Text & picture: Edgardo Civallero (email@example.com).
Publication date: 1 December 2021
Last update: 1 May 2022