This section of the guide covers United Nations organizations, which do not have archives in either New York or Geneva.
It should be noted that some organizations do not keep archives or have simply proven incommunicado. In such cases, it is still worth contacting the switchboards of organizations in question, just in case the situation has changed.
UNESCO/SIO Guide: http://www.unesco.org/archives/sio/Eng/presentation.php?idOrg=1031
7, Place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP
(00) 33 1 45 68 19 49/55
(00) 33 1 45 68 56 17
Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm
Metros 6 (Cambronne), 8 (Ecole Militaire), 10 (Segur); Buses 28, 87
The UNESCO Archive is held at UNESCO in Paris. A registration form must be sent by email, and an appointment made for a first visit to the archives: photo ID must be brought for entrance via the main UNESCO lobby.
Many files are constantly being made available online via UNESCO’s digitization project. The physical archives stretch over 10,000 metres, and include not only the records of UNESCO, but the International Institute for Intellectual Cooperation, and UNESCO’s formal predecessors. It also holds nearly 4,000 films, 200,000 photographs, and 30,000 radio tapes. Field records are ordinarily kept at the field office in question, but the UNESCO archive holds the records of the UNESCO Research Center on Social and Economic Development in Southern Asia; the UNESCO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean; the Middle East Science Co-operation Office; the UNESCO School Building Institutes; the International Institute of Educational Planning; the UNESCO Liaison Office with the UN Economic Commission in Africa; the Washington and Venice Offices; and many more.
The UNESCO History Project was founded in 2004: a list of research already completed is hosted at UNESDOC.
AtoM (archival descriptions):
Finding aid (clickable .pdf):
Washington, D.C., USA
UNESCO/SIO Guide: http://www.unesco.org/archives/sio/Eng/presentation.php?idOrg=1020
International Monetary Fund
Archives and Records Management
700 19th St., NW
Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 12.30pm, 1.30pm – 4.45pm
The IMF Archive is held at IMF Headquarters in Washington, D.C.. The archives hold a wide range of materials, including institutional and audiovisual files. There is also a collection on the Bretton Woods conference of 1944, mostly composed of American views.
At least 10 days in advance of a visit, which must be scheduled in consultation with the IMF, researchers must contact the archive in English only, giving details of the research subject and the files to be consulted. Researchers must present a valid photo ID.
Photocopying is not possible in the archive, and visitors are strongly advised to bring a digital camera (a stand is provided to aid this). Visitors without a camera can use the archives’ own, but must bring their own AA batteries (4). Digitized documents can be found be downloading the appropriate finding aid and, if available, clicking the link.
IMF Archives Catalog: http://www.imf.org/external/adlib_IS4/default.aspx
IMF Archives FAQ: http://www.imf.org/external/np/arc/eng/searchfaq.htm
Washington, D.C., USA
UNESCO/SIO Guide: http://www.unesco.org/archives/sio/Eng/presentation.php?idOrg=1040
The World Bank Group
1818 H Street, NW
Monday – Friday, 10am – 4.30pm (by appointment only)
The World Bank Archive is held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C.. Files extend to over 193,000 linear feet, including lending project files, country files, sector and policy studies, oral histories, and audiovisual materials.
Request access to holdings: http://go.worldbank.org/447LASKWQ0
Finding aids (A-Z): http://go.worldbank.org/7WIP106QV0
Bank for International Settlements
(00) 41 61 280 8061; (00) 41 61 280 8281
(00) 41 61 280 9100; (00) 41 61 280 8100
Monday – Friday, 9am – 12.30pm, 2pm – 5.30pm (by appointment only)
The archives of the Bank for International Settlements, set up in 1930, are held in Basel and operate under a thirty-year rule. Only two researchers are allowed access to the files at any given time, and then solely if they are working on the same project. For access, potential researchers should apply to the mailing address given, with the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of two referees, one of whom (if appropriate) should be a thesis supervisor. Valid photo ID will then be required on arrival, if access is granted.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
UNESCO/SIO Guide: http://www.unesco.org/archives/sio/Eng/presentation.php?idOrg=1011
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
Phone: (00) 39 06 5705 2832, (00) 39 06 5705 2289
Fax: (00) 39 06 5705 4057
Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm
The FAO Archives reflect the organization's development and administrative history, its policies and major working programs and methods. The Archives are located at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, and have been maintained by the Records and Archives Unit since 1957. There is a 15-year moratorium on FAO files before they are opened for research.
The Archives contain about 2,000 linear meters of files, 500,000 scanned documents, 25,000 microfilms, and audio-visual material.
The FAO Archives are available for consultation by FAO members at their request and based on their research priorities. Requests for access to the archives should be sent through the permanent representations to FAO. Contact the permanent representation of your country to FAO to seek endorsement of your request and request that it be channelled to FAO.
Once the request is received, the Organization will evaluate it and request additional information if needed and propose a period for the visit to take place.
Please note that typically access to the FAO Archives is for one week.
Use of FAO Archives materials should be acknowledged in any research output.
UNESCO/SIO Guide: http://www.unesco.org/archives/sio/Eng/presentation.php?idOrg=1013
Mr. Leopold Kammerhofer
International Atomic Energy Agency
MTGS/Archives and Records Management Section
P.O. Box 100
(00) 43 1 2600 21191; (00) 43 1 2600 23030
Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5.30pm
The archives of the International Atomic Energy Agency hold files dating back to the agency’s founding in 1957. It also holds sound recordings from 1946 onwards (from the UN Atomic Energy Commission), and films from 1957. The files cover all of the IAEA’s activities.
There is, as of yet, no website for the archives, though the UNESCO/SIO page is soon to be updated. Researchers may have access to the IAEA files under a forty-year rule. Access is by appointment only at the archive in Vienna: researchers should contact the archives directly for further information. Finding aids and databases are available onsite.
Some information is online, and unpublished documents may be available soon.
Information Management Unit
Information Services Section
United Nations Settlement Programme
PO Box 30030-00100
(00) 254 20 7621234
(00) 254 20 7623120
(00) 254 20 7623477
UN-HABITAT is the UN agency responsible for human settlement. It is mandated by the General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable urban settlements, with the ultimate goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
The current UN-HABITAT Archives and Records Management policy was approved in 2007, and the organization is still in the process of instigating an archive. Many of the records have been appraised, but no archive is yet described, and there is as of yet no finding aid.
However, scholars interested in working on UN-HABITAT can contact the organization, as paper archives are stored centrally, and information is provided to individuals on request as long as the records have reached their public viewing date.
Vienna International Center
P.O. Box 300
(00) 43 1 260260 (switchboard)
(00) 43 1 2692669
The archives of UNIDO are held at the organization’s Vienna headquarters. There is almost no access to scholars, mainly for technical cooperation projects, and some financial and procurement documents.
There are no specific contact details with which researchers might contact the archives. Individual requests can be received through the main UNIDO email address. A separate request would likely also have to be sent to General Support Services for prior approval.
However, researchers should also check the new feature on the UNIDO website called ‘Industrial Development Abstracts’. This contains many unpublished documents, and may be of some assistance.
The Hague, The Netherlands
UNESCO/SIO Guide: http://www.unesco.org/archives/sio/Eng/presentation.php?idOrg=1016
International Court of Justice
2517 KJ The Hague
(00) 31 70 302 23 23
(00) 31 70 364 99 28
The Library and Archives of the International Court of Justice are closed to the public, and access from ‘outsiders’ is absolutely forbidden.
The Archives of the International Military Tribunal of Nuremberg consist of film footage, written documents, recordings of the hearings, and so on. These archives are open to the public: a request (in English or French) should be addressed to the Registrar of the Court.
The Archives of the Permanent Court of International Justice, the forerunner of the ICJ which operated between 1922 and 1946, are all available for download online at http://www.icj-cij.org/pcij/index.php?p1=9.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
UNESCO/SIO Guide: http://www.unesco.org/archives/sio/Eng/presentation.php?idOrg=1015
International Civil Aviation Organization
999 University Street
H3C 5H7 Montreal, Quebec
(00) 1 514 954 8219 (switchboard)
(00) 1 514 954 6077
firstname.lastname@example.org (Registry and Archives Unit)
Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
The archives of the International Civil Aviation Organization, as well as the Provisional International Civil Aviation Organization, are held at ICAO headquarters. They include all ICAO publications, as well as unpublished documentation, and a large collection of photographs, maps, and charts.
Potential researchers are advised to contact the ICAO direct, in advance of any visit: all requests for access and help with scholarship are dealt with on an ad hoc basis.