Video: Conducting Primary Source Research on North Korea

October 30, 2018

As part of its August 2018 "Knowing North Korea" conference, NCNK co-hosted an event with the Library of Congress exploring different ways of conducting historical research on North Korea through primary sources. The discussion focused on three major sources of information: declassified Communist Bloc documents, the North Korean Serials Database at the Library of Congress, and the captured North Korean records (1945-1950) held at the National Archives (Record Group 242). The speakers discussed the process of finding and sorting through these materials, as well as some of the analytical challenges associated with them.

The Knowing North Korea conference brought together a group of graduate students and young professionals with a strong academic or professional interest in North Korea, offering them opportunities to connect with leading scholars and policymakers in Washington, DC. 


Sonya Lee, Korea Reference Specialist, Library of Congress 

James Person, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies

Eric Van Slander, Reference Archivist, National Archives and Records Administration


Daniel Wertz, Program Manager, National Committee on North Korea


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