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League of Nations Archives

The archives of the League of Nations are a unique source of information not only about the League (1919-1946), but also about peace movements and international relations in general from the end of the nineteenth century. The collections represent 3,000 linear meters of textual records and documents, as well as brochures and pamphlets, visual materials and museum items.

  • The League of Nations archives proper consist not only of the original files of the Secretariat of the League (correspondence and documents received or produced by the various sections or other administrative units of the Secretariat), but also of the “Commission files” (records of external League organs), concerning the Financial Reconstruction of Austria and Hungary, the Saar Governing Commission, the Mixed Commission for the Exchange of Greek and Turkish Populations, the Upper Silesia Mixed Commission, and the files created by the Economic and Financial Section of the League Secretariat installed in Princeton during the Second World War. The Refugees Mixed Archives Group (“Nansen Fonds”) includes files from the Secretariat of the League of Nations, from the International Labour Office, and from more or less autonomous bodies.
  • Private papers of officials and delegates also form part of the archival collections, as well as other very important collections concerned with the history of peace movements from the end of the nineteenth century, particularly the archives of Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914) and Alfred Fried (1864-1921), and of the International Peace Bureau (1892-1951).
  • The League of Nations documents collection consists of official publications (printed or mimeographed), minutes, working papers and documents of the various League organs.
  • The visual collections consist of photographs of pacifists and postcards taken from the archives of the peace movements; photographs of League of Nations personalities, delegates, and the Palais des Nations; caricatures and other visual material, such as pre- and post-war political posters and original interior designs of the Palais des Nations. The League of Nations Photo Collection is available online at the following address

UNOG Archives

The archives of the United Nations Office at Geneva, which have accumulated since 1945, are composed of three collections:
  • UNOG Registry Collection, First Period (1946-1973): With the establishment of UNOG in 1946, and until the introduction of the new codification system in 1973, the following file series were opened and maintained by the Registry:
  • G. I General (1946-1974)
  • G. IIA Administration - General (1946-1974)
  • G. IIB Administration, Property and Equipment (1946-1974)G.III Finance (1946-1973)
  • G. IV Legal (1946-1973)
  • G. V Documents (1946-1973)
  • G. VI Information (1946-1972)
  • G. VII Library (1946-1973)
  • G. VIII Health (1946-1973)
  • G. IX ECE Transport (1946-1983)
  • G. X ECE Economic (1946-1981)
  • G. XIV Non-Governmental Organizations (only in microfilm format).
  • UNOG Registry Collection, Second Period (1973-present): A new classification system was adopted around 1973. Files are classified by subject:
  • G/OR Organization and Protocol (from 1973)
  • G/LE Legal Matters (from 1973)
  • G/AD Administrative Services (from 1973)
  • G/FI Finance and Budget (from 1973)
  • G/PE Personnel Administration (from 1973)
  • G/PU Public Information (from 1972)
  • G/TE Technical Assistance (Fellowship Section) (1970-1998)
  • G/SO Human Rights (1974-2003)
  • GB/AD Consultative Committee on Administrative Questions (CCAQ) (1973-2003)
  • GB/PO Disarmament (1978-2003) and Apartheid (1978-2001)
  • GB/OR IOB (1977-1983) and ACCIS (1983-1993), ECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (1981-2000)
  • G/CON Contracts (1976-2000)
  • Five series are reserved for the use of the Office of the Director-General

  • Records Retirement Collections (1946-present). Included in the Records Retirement collections are more than 5,000 linear metres of records. These are records which were not processed by the UNOG Registry and were transferred directly from different Secretariat units to the Records Retirement. They include:
  • Records of UNOG Secretariat units
  • Division of Administration (Finance, Human Resources, Central Support Services)
  • Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
  • Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)
  • Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Conference on Disarmament
  • UNOG Library
  • Joint Inspection Unit (JIU)
  • International Bureau for Declaration of Death (IBD)
  • Microfilms and paper collection of the Division for Human Rights (1956-1974)
  • Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the World Refugee Year (1955-60)
  • Joint Unit on Transnational Corporations (ECE/UNCTC).

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