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http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/icrc-archives/index.jsp
Geneva, Switzerland

UNESCO/SIO Guide: http://www.unesco.org/archives/sio/Eng/presentation.php?idOrg=1017

Address:       
International Committee of the Red Cross
19, Avenue de la Paix
CH – 1202 Geneva
Switzerland

Phone:           
(00) 41 22 730 29 66
(00) 41 22 730 29 43
Email:           
fbensi@icrc.org

Hours:           
Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm (by appointment)

The archives of the ICRC hold files from 1840 onwards, and range from records of the committee to private papers, to audiovisual and photographic records.

Researchers should, in advance of their visit, notify the head of the historical archives unit, Mr. Fabrizio Bensi, of their intent by email, telephone, or letter. Valid ID will be required for a visitor’s pass to be issued. The use of digital cameras is allowed in the reading room, as long as other readers are not disturbed.

Holdings:  
  http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/icrc-archives/index.jsp (.pdfs in French)
Contacts:   
http://www.icrc.org/eng/resources/documents/misc/contact-archives-290506.htm

 

http://www.rockarch.org/
Sleepy Hollow, New York, USA

Address:     
The Rockefeller Archive Center
15 Dayton Avenue
Sleepy Hollow
NY 10591

Phone:      
(00) 1 914 631 4505; (00) 1 914 366 6300
Fax:           
(00) 1 914 631 6017
Email:       
archive@rockarch.org

Hours:       
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5.15pm
Closed:       
Holidays

The Rockefeller Archive Center holds the archives of the Rockefeller family, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Rockefeller University. Researchers should contact the Archive Center in advance of a visit specifying the details of research, with the names of people and institutions interested in, dates, and so on. An archivist will then respond with details before a visit (for which photo ID is required).

The papers of the Rockefeller Foundation date back beyond the Foundation’s founding in 1913, and include correspondence, administration files, oral histories, and information on specific projects. The papers of several field offices are also held, detailing on-the-ground activities. Aside from the Foundation proper, the Archive Center also holds the personal papers of many key personages from the Foundation’s activities, other of the Rockefeller family’s philanthropic activities, and other non-profit organizations.

On online archive is currently under construction.

The use of cameras is permitted in the reading room, and photocopying is provided with a charge. The Archive Center is easily accessible by car and by public transport (the Metro-North Hudson Line from Grand Central Station in Manhattan): a shuttle bus is provided from Tarrytown station at the beginning and end of the working day.

About:               
http://www.rockarch.org/about/
Information:           
http://www.rockarch.org/research/inforesearch.php
Foundation Finding Aids:   
http://www.rockarch.org/collections/rf/#admin

List of Collections:       
http://www.rockarch.org/collections/
Catalogue search:       
http://racweb.rockarch.org/rockglobal/

 

 

http://carnegieendowment.org/about/library/
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/archival/collections/ldpd_4078585/
New York, USA

Address:       
Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Butler Library, 6th Floor
Columbia University
535 West 114th Street
New York, NY 10027
United States of America   

Phone:           
(00) 1 212 854 5153
Fax:               
(00) 1 212 854 1365
Email:           
rbml@libraries.cul.columbia.edu

Hours:       
http://hours.library.columbia.edu/?library=rbml

The archives of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, prior to its move to Geneva in 1954, are held in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University in New York. The archives contain correspondence, memoranda, photographs, etc., from the Endowment’s New York Office, as well as the files of the Centre Européen and the Carnegie Endowment in Europe.

Files relating to the Endowment’s activities after 1954 are not archived, and are unavailable to the public.

Researchers are strongly advised to contact the library before arrival, though no appointment is strictly necessary. Digital photography is allowed in the reading room, and internet is provided.

NYC/Washington Finding Aid:   
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/eresources/archives/rbml/CEIP/index.html
Centre Européen Finding Aid:   
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/eresources/archives/rbml/CEIPEuro/index.html
Online Catalogue:       
http://clio.cul.columbia.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBRecID=4078585&v2=1

 

 

http://www.ipu.org/english/home.htm
Geneva, Switzerland

Address:   
Inter-Parliamentary Union
5, Chemin du Pommier
Case Postale 330
CH–1218 Le Grand-Saconnex / Geneva
Switzerland

Phone:       
(00) 41 22 919 41 50
Fax:           
(00) 41 22 919 41 60
Email:       
postbox@mail.ipu.org

Hours:       
Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm

The archives of the Inter-Parliamentary Union date back to 1889, and are held at IPU headquarters in Geneva. The archives contain IPU statutes, conference records, records of study committees, IPU national groups, administrative records, correspondence, and a few photographs. The documents of the Executive Committee and the Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians may be accessible on application. The principal finding aid is a paper inventory, with collection level descriptions. This is available only onsite.

The summary records of IPU conferences have been scanned, and will eventually be published online.

 

 

http://www.worldwildlife.org/home-full.html
Washington D.C., USA

Address:       
Information Resource Center
World Wildlife Fund
1250 24th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
United States of America

Phone:           
(00) 1 202 495 4636
Fax:               
(00) 1 202 331 8836
Email:           
library@wwfus.org

The World Wildlife Fund does not, at this time, have established archives. The library, however, does possess a large amount of historical material which has been used in the past, such as annual report series, minutes of board meetings, etc.. There is no finding aid. Potential researchers are advised to get in touch directly with the library or the wider WWF for more details.

 

 

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/
Vancouver, Canada; Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The archives of Greenpeace International are split between Vancouver, where it was set up, and Amsterdam, where it currently resides.

Address:       
City of Vancouver Archives
1150 Chestnut Street
Vancouver, B.C.
V6J 3J9
Canada

Phone:           
(00) 1 604 736 8561
Fax:               
(00) 1 604 736 0626
Email:           
archives@vancouver.ca

Hours:           
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

The city of Vancouver holds many papers relating to the founding of Greenpeace in its municipal archives. Documents, photographs, financial records, and correspondence are all held in the archive.

Researchers must bring photo ID and fill in a registration form; it is suggested that they contact the library before arrival, and remember that a reply might take a while.

Fonds: http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/greenpeace-foundation-fonds;rad
City of Vancouver Archives: http://vancouver.ca/your-government/city-of-vancouver-archives.aspx

Later papers of Greenpeace, especially from 1980 onwards, are held in Amsterdam.

Address:   
International Institute of Social History
Cruquiusweg 31
1019 AT Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Phone:       
(00) 31 20 6685866
Fax:           
(00) 31 20 6654181

Email:       
General:
       
info@iisg.nl

Reading Room:   
ask@iisg.nl


Hours:        
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

These archives contain correspondence, minutes of board meetings, some files of regional offices, files of directors, and so on. Many papers are still held by the Greenpeace central office (especially financial records).

Permission is required to use these files, and may be granted by filling in a form. Files will be pre-fetched with 24 hours’ notice, but contacting the library before arrival is not strictly necessary.

Description:       
http://www.iisg.nl/archives/en/files/g/10918786.php
Finding aid:       
http://www.iisg.nl/archives/pdf/ARCH02597.pdf
About IISH:       
http://www.iisg.nl/address.php
Reading room:   
http://www.iisg.nl/services/readingroom.php
FAQs:           
http://www.iisg.nl/services/faq.php

 

 

http://www.iisg.nl/archives/en/files/a/10739035.php
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The papers of the International Secretariat of Amnesty International are held at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. AI’s secretariat is based in London, and has consultative status with the UN, UNESCO, and the Council of Europe. Papers date back to its founding in 1961, and include notes of meetings, working papers, internal correspondence, papers of Secretaries-General (including the personal papers of Eric Baker), and various other documents. There is also an oral history collection. For further information on the International Institute of Social History, see the entry for Greenpeace International in this guide.

Permission may be required to access some files, but many are open. Researchers should best check directly with the reading room to find out if permission (which may require up to two months) is required. If the information required was created after 1990, it may be available via an online search.

Contact page:       
http://www.iisg.nl/address.php
Complete finding aid:   
http://www.iisg.nl/archives/pdf/10739035.pdf

The papers of Amnesty International USA are held by the Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research at Columbia University, via the Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Researchers wanting to use AIUSA’s papers should contact the Rare Book and Manuscript Library directly.

Address:       
Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Butler Library, 6th Floor
Columbia University
535 West 114th Street
New York, NY 10027
United States of America   

Phone:           
(00) 1 212 854 5153
Fax:               
(00) 1 212 854 1365
Email:           
rbml@libraries.cul.columbia.edu

Hours:       
http://hours.library.columbia.edu/?library=rbml

CHRDR:       
http://library.columbia.edu/indiv/humanrights/about.html

Information:       
http://library.columbia.edu/indiv/humanrights/archive_collections/aiusa.html

Finding aid:       
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/AIUSA_NatOffice.pdf

 

 

http://www.hrw.org/en/node/75134
New York, USA

The papers of Human Rights Watch, including regional files relating to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, are held by Columbia University’s Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research, and are therefore available through Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The HRW collection also contains over 270 feet of records of the Helsinki Watch group. There is currently only a finding aid for the Helsinki Watch portion of the papers; other papers are more recent. The papers of HRW are held off-site, and therefore 24 hours’ notice is required for use (contact the library directly).

Address:       
Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Butler Library, 6th Floor
Columbia University
535 West 114th Street
New York, NY 10027
United States of America   

Phone:           
(00) 1 212 854 5153
Fax:               
(00) 1 212 854 1365
Email:           
rbml@libraries.cul.columbia.edu

Hours:       
http://hours.library.columbia.edu/?library=rbml


CHRDR:       
http://library.columbia.edu/indiv/humanrights/about.html
Collections:       
http://library.columbia.edu/indiv/humanrights/archive_collections/hrw.html
Helsinki Watch:       
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/archival/collections/ldpd_6062290/index.html
Helsinki Watch Finding Aid:   
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/HRW_Helsinki.pdf

 

 

https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/learning-reference/about-rotary/research
Lincolnwood, Illinois, USA

Address:     
Rotary History and Archives
7100 N. Lawndale Avenue
Lincolnwood IL 60712
United States of America

Phone:        
(00) 1 847 866 3193
Fax:           
(00) 1 847 866 3276
Email:         
history@rotary.org

Hours:       
Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm

The archives of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation document the activities of notable Rotarians, and contain correspondence between Rotarian presidents and leaders, photographs, and so on. The archives also contain collections of the issues of The Rotarian magazine, proceedings of conventions, and an official directory, all from 1910 to the present day.

Access to the archives is by permission only and priority is given to Rotarians. Research questions should be emailed, and answers may require six weeks. For an appointment, contact should be made with the library at least one week in advance.

Research Information:
https://www.rotary.org/en/research

 

http://www.olympic.org/historical-archives
Lausanne, Switzerland

Address:       
Olympic Studies Centre
Quai d’Ouchy 1
1001 Lausanne
Switzerland

Phone:           
(00) 41 21 621 6318
Fax:               
(00) 41 21 621 6718
Email:           
studies_centre@olympic.org

Hours:       
April – October:        Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
November – March:  Tuesday – Friday, 9am – 5pm


The archives of the International Olympic Committee date back to the modern Movement’s founding in 1894, and document the Committee and the Movement’s activities up to the last twenty years. Paper folders and microfilms equate to one linear kilometre of files, and the archive also contains collections related to the Movement and private archives. Though many files are opened under a twenty-year rule, personal papers of IOC members, as well as the minutes of the Nominations and Ethics commissions, are opened under a hundred-year rule.

Access to the archives is by permission only, by the filling in of an online form. The Olympic Studies Centre makes several grants available every year for postgraduate students embarking on research involving the IOC or the Olympics.

Access regulations:       
http://www.olympic.org/Assets/OSC Section/pdf/Info P_3E.pdf
Permission form:       
https://secure.registration.olympic.org/en/visit
Finding aids (.pdf):   
http://www.olympic.org/content/the-olympic-studies-centre/categories-container/list-of-resources/
Research grants:       
http://www.olympic.org/olympic-studies-centre?articleid=126964
Academic network:   
http://www.olympic.org/content/the-olympic-studies-centre/categories-container/academic-activities-and-network/
University relations:       
http://www.olympic.org/university-relations
Image archive:       
http://www.olympic.org/image-archives
Library:           
http://www.olympic.org/library

 

 

http://scout.org/
Geneva, Switzerland

Address:     
World Organization of the Scout Movement
Rue du Pré-Jerôme 5
P.O. Box 91
CH-1211 Geneva 4 Plainpalais
Switzerland

Phone:       
(00) 41 22 705 10 10
Fax:           
(00) 41 22 705 10 20
Email:         
worldbureau@scout.org

In addition to any records held by national scout groups or elsewhere, the central office of the World Scout Bureau in Geneva holds historical documents dating back to Baden Powell.

There is no website for the archives section, but a catalogue by subjects is available in Geneva, and visitors can consult it together with the archives on site.

Potential researchers should contact the Geneva office directly to make an appointment.

 

 

http://www.archiviosegretovaticano.va/
Vatican City

Address:        
Archivio Segreto Vaticano
Cortile del Belvedere
00120 Città del Vaticano

Phone:           
(00) 39 06 69883314
(00) 39 06 69883211
Fax:               
(00) 39 06 69885574
Email:           
asv@asv.va

Hours:       
Monday – Saturday, 8.15am – 1pm (afternoons by permission only)

The Vatican Secret Archive allows access to papers up to 1939 (the death of Pius XI) for researchers already possessing a university degree.

A request for an entry card must be made to the Prefect of the Archive, providing personal details, profession, research outline, a letter of introduction from a professor, a photograph, and a copy of valid ID. An entry card will then be issued between 8.15am and 10.30am by the Admission Secretariat on the day of arrival (provided that nobody is already working in the archives on the same topic).

Rules:           
http://www.archiviosegretovaticano.va/?file_id=8
Outline:       
http://www.archiviosegretovaticano.va/en/patrimonio/

 

 

http://archives.oikoumene.org/en
Geneva, Switzerland

Address:       
World Council of Churches Library and Archives
P.O. Box 2100
[7, Route des Morillons]
CH-1211 Geneva 2
Switzerland

Phone:          
(00) 41 022 791 62 79
Fax:               
(00) 41 022 791 62 75
Email:           
library@wcc-coe.org

Hours:       
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

The archives of the World Council of Churches, which brings together innumerable denominations and national Churches in a single ecumenical body, are held in Geneva. The archive holds hundreds of thousands of documents, as well as sound recordings, photographs, and videos.

Researchers are kindly requested to read and follow the Archives Rules, fill in and sign the Archives inscription form and send it two weeks in advance to planned visit to archives[at]wcc-coe.org

Access/hours:   
http://library.oikoumene.org/en/home/access.html
Archives:       
http://library.oikoumene.org/archives.html
Papers:       
http://library.oikoumene.org/archives/paper-collection.html
Search:       
http://archives.oikoumene.org/Query/archivplansuche.aspx

 

Address:
Digital Collections and Archives
Tisch Library Building
35 Professors Row
Medford, MA 02155
United States

Phone:
(00) 1 617 627 3737
Email:
archives@tufts.edu

The collection contains materials related to the World Peace Foundation between 1899 and 2009. The bulk of the material dates from 1912 to 1941. Materials range from books, pamphlets, maps, correspondence, minutes, agendas, and activities related to the peace movement.

Holdings:
http://dl.tufts.edu/catalog/ead/tufts:UA069.001.DO.MS076

Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.