Archive Group AG 10 - Archives of Staff Associations

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Archives of Staff Associations


  • 1947- (Creation)

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70 boxes and about 20 folders in the UNESCO archives including all documents from 1947 until 1974. Circa the same quantity of records still kept by the STU for the period after 1974. Some photographs.

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Administrative history

The first Staff association of UNESCO (STA) was established in 1947. For the first 35 years of UNESCO existence, this organisation was the only association officially recognized by the Administration as representative of the UNESCO's staff.
In 1981 another staff association emerged: the ISAU (International Staff Association of UNESCO). Both associations, the STA and ISAU represent all different groups of UNESCO Staff members and have the same functions and activities.
In 1995/96 the STA changed its name from UNESCO Staff Association into UNESCO Staff Union (STU) in order to respond to a demand of FICSA (Federation of International Civil Servants' Associations). Despite the change of name, the organisation and activities of the associations stayed the same.

Over the years, there have been several attempts to divide the existing two staff associations in order to create associations who would be responsible for only the General or Professional Staff. But none of these attempts have been successful or would have been recognized as representative for UNESCO Staff.

In 1991, a new kind of association emerged: the AFUS (Association of former UNESCO Staff) who deals with all kind of questions concerning the former Staff members of UNESCO.


Archival history

The records of the STA were transferred to the UNESCO Archives little by little from 1950 to 1976. With the agreement of the STA, part of these records have been destroyed after a certain period of time. Others are still kept in the UNESCO Archives.

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The archival holdings of the UNESCO Staff Associations concern all activities of the associations (cultural activities, journeys, sports, gala, tombolas, incl. photos of the events), the relations between the association and the Director General, the resolutions of the Staff Assembly and social questions. The fonds further contains all correspondence files with internal and external correspondence partners, the donated personal files of staff members, the circular letters of the STA and all documents and records of commissions and committees about staff issues.

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Further accruals expected

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Arranged by year and kind of record

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Authorization of the STU necessary for the most recent records.

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  • English
  • French

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Finding aids

Inventory of Archives of UNESCO Staff Association (STA), 1946-1974

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All record of the STA until 1974 available in the UNESCO Archives. From 1974 all documents are kept by the STU and will be transferred to the UNESCO archives soon.

The archives of the ISAU and AFUS are kept by the associations themselves.

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Created by Julia Pohle, July 2009. Revised slightly by AWT 20 March 2012.




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