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This section documents UN archives in New York, USA. For further archives based in New York, see the sections of the guide on NGOs, and Personalities and Other Collections.

 

https://archives.un.org/
New York, USA

UNESCO/ICA Guide: http://www.unesco.org/archives/sio/Eng/presentation.php?idOrg=1030

Address:

ARMS FF-109
United Nations
New York, NY USA 10017

Fax: (00) 1-212-963-4414
E-mail: arms@un.org
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
Closed: Holidays (including UN holidays)


The archives of the United Nations, the United Nations Archives and Records Management Section (UNARMS) are based at the UN site in New York. Access can be granted after contact with an archivist via email, fax, or mail. Valid identification (ID Card, passport, driving license, etc.) is required for use of the Reading Room.

The public can access files unclassified at the time of their creation; files more than twenty years old which are declassified; and files fewer than twenty years not subject to classification on condition that the originating office has given written consent.

UNARMS holds files relating to:

UN Predecessor Organizations (International Penal and Penitentiary Commission, 1893-1951; UN Information Organization, 1941-1946; UN War Crimes Commission, 1943-1949; UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), 1943-1949; UN Conference on International Organization, San Francisco, 1945; UN Preparatory Commission, 1945-1946)

Secretariat Departments (including the Central Registry; the Office of the Secretary-General; Office of Legal Affairs; Department of Economic and Social Affairs; Office of Public Information, etc.)

Secretaries-General, from Trygve Lie to Kofi Annan

UN Missions, Commissions, Related (including UNEF, 1956-1967; UN Operation in the Congo; and innumerable other missions)

UN Related Organizations, Agencies and Conferences (including the UN Children's Fund; the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the UN Korean Reconstruction Agency), which as of yet has no finding aids available.

For further files of interest, see throughout this guide. Of particular note will be the section on 'Personalities of Internationalism', particularly relating to the Secretaries-General, as well as the UN Office at Geneva Archive (incorporating the League of Nations Archive)

Cameras are allowed in the Reading Room. Digital scans of documents (as .pdf files) are $1.50 per page, plus $5 if a CD is required, plus a minimum of $5 postage for the US and Canada, and more for other countries.

For further information on the UNARMS archive, declassification, and citing, see here.

 

http://www.unmultimedia.org/photo/photo_library.jsp
New York, USA

Address:       
UN Photo Library
5th Floor, Room IN-506B
300 East 42nd Street
New York, NY
USA 10017

Mail Address:
UN Photo Library
Department of Public Information
Room S-805
New York, NY
USA 10017

Phone:           
(00) 1-212-963-6927; (00) 1-212-963-0034
Fax:               
(00) 1-212-963-1658
Email:           
Contact form

Hours:           
Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm
Closed:          
Holidays


The UN Photo Archive is based on and near the UN site in New York. Access is by permission only, by appointment. The Archive (increasingly digitized) holds over 800,000 photographs and negatives, dating from the mid-1940s onwards. Many photographs, especially from recent years, are available online at http://www.unmultimedia.org/photo/.

 

http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/library/about.html
New York, USA

Address:       
UN Audio Library
Department of Public Information
5th Floor, Room IN-503C/D
300 East 42nd Street
New York, NY
USA 10017

Phone:           
(00) 1-212-963-9513
Email:           
Contact form


Hours:           
Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 5.30pm
Closed:          
Holidays

The UN Audio Library is based near the UN site in New York. Access is by permission only, by appointment. The Library holds approximately 40,000 hours of digital files (available instantly online up to two weeks after the event in question, and by request thereafter), and over 30,000 audio recordings in other formats, from CDs to shellac discs.

Former programmes broadcast on UN Radio can be found at http://www.unmultimedia.org/radio/library/classics/.

 

http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/archives.html
New York, USA

Address:       
Multimedia Resources Unit
Visual Material Library           
Department of Public Information           
Room S2B-66
United Nations           
New York, NY
USA 10017

Fax:               
(00) 1-212-963-4501
Email:           
gonzalezm@un.org
teza@un.org

The UN Film and Video Archives are mostly designed to help filmmakers, but can also be accessed by scholars. The holdings including UNTV coverage, UN programmes, and raw footage from field operations. Major series include: the League of Nations; coverage of the work of UNRRA, especially in Europe between 1945 and 1947; Security Council and General Assembly meetings and special events; worldwide field activities, especially regarding development and peacekeeping; and various thematic and historical compilations.

Researchers have access to card catalogues (1945-1986) and various databases (1987-), but only onsite. Service fees are charged.

 

http://www.cf-hst.net/UNICEF-TEMP/CF-hst redesign/archives.htm
New York, USA

UNESCO/SIO Guide: http://www.unesco.org/archives/sio/Eng/presentation.php?idOrg=1033

Address:       
UNICEF Records and Archive Management Unit
UNICEF House
3 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY
USA 10017

Phone:           
(00) 1-212-326-7064
Email:           
uyoung@unicef.org

The UNICEF archive holds records in Long Island City, Secaucus in New Jersey, and a few at UNICEF House in New York. Files operate under the same classification system as UN files, but ‘reasonable’ requests to view files fewer than twenty years old are usually approved.

There are few online finding aids, though there is a guide to UNICEF documents. The database of archived files, RAMP, is accessible only at UNICEF itself.

Researchers must apply by email to use the archives, including, where applicable: the nature of research; institution name; degree sought; previous records consulted; publications; topics to be searched for in the UNICEF RAMP database; dates of material sought; contact details; and potential dates for visiting UNICEF in New York.

Researcher Guidelines:    http://www.cf-hst.net/UNICEF-TEMP/CF-hst%20redesign/researcher-guidlines.doc