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Archives Access

  • Secretariat staff, delegations to the United Nations, members of Permanent Missions and other internal users can consult the archives.
  • External researchers (professors, historians, lawyers…) and university students have access to the archival collections for the purpose of their professional work or research studies.
  • Researchers wishing to consult the archives must apply for a Library reader’s card. In addition, they have to complete a specific registration form in the archives reading rooms.
  • The archival collections can only be consulted in situ. No external loans are allowed.
  • The copying, reproduction and publication of documents to which access is given shall be subject to the following principles:
    1. Researchers shall be warned that the United Nations is not in a position to release them from any obligations in respect of copyright held by persons whose works may be found in the archives;

    2. The reproduction or publication of large bodies of files (whole archive groups or large series therein) shall not be permitted;

    3. The United Nations services shall not be obliged to carry out the actual work of reproduction, even against payment.

For preservation reasons, original League of Nations files cannot be photocopied. Official printed documents may be photocopied.
  • Researchers who have made use of the League of Nations and/or UNOG archives as a source for their work shall supply two copies of any resulting publication to the United Nations Library at Geneva.

Accessing the archives and the Institutional Memory Section

To consult the archives or for other access requests, complete the form below. Contact-us for any inquiry at: libraryarchives@unog.ch / +41 (0)22 917 41 93





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