The South Caribe Roots Archive documents the people, places and events in southern Caribbean, Costa Rica, through family photographs and stories.

The project aims to work with the community to develop a digital information platform that is reflective of local knowledge, experience, and social justice objectives. 

The SCRA's primary objectives are to create and mobilize knowledge about this history and identity of residents of the southern Caribbean zone of Costa Rica; to build bridges and dialogue between academic and non-academic stakeholders, and to create a community-based digital archive that preserves community-identified cultural heritage.





Interviewed by the Rich Coast Project on January 28, 2014 Selvin's Restaurant, Punta Uva, Limón, Costa Rica
Enrique Joseph looks back on his days growing up in the Talamanca region of Costa Rica, reflecting on life before the development of the road that eventually connected the communities between Limón and Sixaola.
George Hansel discusses his memories of growing up in Punta Uva, Costa Rica and the spirit of community he experienced.






Video musical para "Mi Lindo Limón" Canción escrito para The Rich Coast Project Música y Letra por MATIXANDO David Dávila, Paulo Quiros, Lui Mora 7th Floor Studios San José, Costa Rica Fotografía por Joao Cabrita Silva Edición por Joao Cabrita Silva y Katie Beck Producción por Katie Beck KNOW YOUR ROOTS.
Estudiantes de la Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR TCU 127) apoyaron el Rich Coast Project en una semana de video y fotografía participativo con el fin de documentar la historia y cultura local de Puerto Viejo.
A short film produced by Teaira Charlton for the Rich Coast Project exploring the indigenous communities of Talamanca. Produced in collaboration with the IU Media School and the RCP Service Learning Program in November 2016. Music by Proyecto Jirodai (http://www.jirondai.com/).

Get involved

Contribute your History

The first step of the process involves obtaining a digital version of your archival items. These items may include photographs, documents, writings, videos, and audio clips, or artwork.  You can get them to us in one of four ways:

1. Home Visit

Members of the Rich Coast Project team occasionally pay personal visits to the homes of community members to work with the individual collaborator to collect the photographs, documents, or memories they wish to contribute to the archive. Depending on the collections being offered to the archive, the RCP team brings with them the appropriate technology (scanner, camera, audio recorder, etc.).

Let us know you or someone you know would like to request a home visit:

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2. Email

Some collaborators are located far away and/or have either already digitized their personal collections or have access to the technology necessary to do so. In this case, we accept submissions of photographs via email to caribearchive@gmail.com. Once the files have been received, an RCP team member will follow up to collect more details and information about the photographs submitted. 

3. Scanning Station

We have partnered with the local copy center Libreria Caribe to provide a stable local scanning station. Contributors can bring the photographs and documents they wish to contribute directly to Sonia and the staff of the Libreria Caribe, who have been trained on scanning and uploading according to our collection and processing guidelines.

4. Local Events

We occasionally host local archiving events in order to both collect additional archival material and share existing SCRA collections. These events allow us to create space in the community for collective memory and collect additional information from attendees. Check out the events page for more information.



We are looking for local (in Caribe Sur) volunteers to assist with interview and photograph collection, and location-independent volunteers to help us with online interview transcriptions.

Let us know if you're interested in joining our team.

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We gratefully accept donations to help support our operating costs and the expenses of our team members.

The Rich Coast Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Cash donations from the U.S. are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

We also accept material donations of (gently used) smart phones, cameras, and audio recording devices. Please email us at caribearchive@gmail.com if you're interested in making an equipment donation.