Archive Group AG 12 - Audiovisual archives

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Audiovisual archives


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Extent and medium

12,500 film cans; 9,000 video tapes; 29,000 35mm colour slides; 140,000 black and white 35mm negatives; 1,000 colour 35mm negatives; 15,000 duplicate colour slides; over 30.000 radio tapes.

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Scope and content

The Audiovisual Section, Sector for External Relations and Public Information, keeps the major part of the audiovisual collections covering the period 1945 to present, namely:

- A film collection of 12,500 cans, containing a little over 1,000 titles, starting in 1951

  • About 5,000 video tapes, corresponding to approximately 2,500 titles, starting in 1983

A photograph collection containing about

  • 29.000 35mm colour slides
  • 140,000 black and white 35mm negatives
  • 1,000 colour 35mm negatives
  • In addition there are 15,000 duplicate colour slides

  • Over 30.000 radio tapes

A minor part of film and photo material is preserved in the UNESCO Archives.

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Conditions governing access

A growing amount of the film and audio material kept by the UNESCO Archives is accessible via the UNESCO Archives Multimedia website.

Part of the photography holdings are accessible online via the UNESCO photobank.

Other film, photo and audio material kept by the Bureau of Public Information (BPI) is accessible upon request.

Please see sub-fonds for further information.

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Finding aids

AG 12/1: Audiovisual archives: references

AG 12/2: Sound archives: catalogues, 1946-1971

AG 12/2: English language radio recordings

AG 12/2 : Catalogue de programmes radiophoniques

AG 12/2: Catalogo des programas seleccionados

AG 12/2 Video: UNESCO video catalogue", 1992

AG 12/3: UNESCO film reference library catalogues, 1953, 1958, 1972/1974 and 1973-1980

AG 12/3 UN: Films of the UN Family: 16 mm. Catalogue, 1980-1981

AG 12/4 C: General Conference: list of speakers on tape recordings, 1968-

AG 12/4 EX: Executive Board: list of speakers on tape recordings, 1968-

AG 12/5 TV: Unesco: television video catalogue

AG 12/5 VHS: Unesco: video programmes

AG 12/5 Photo: BPI: Register of photographs, 1945-

AG 12/5 Negatives: BPI: Register of Negatives, 1945-

AG 12/5 Diapo: Diapositives/Slides UNESCO

AG 12/6 IMC: UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music

  • Bureau of Public Information (BPI): register and indexes on cards to radio programmes, 1949-

  • Bureau of Public Information (BPI): Register of photographs, 1945-

  • Bureau of Public Information (BPI): indexes on cards to films, 1945-

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Most of the material is not located in the UNESCO archives but kept by the Bureau of Public Information.

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Created by Julia Pohle, September 2009. Revised AWT 9 March 2011.




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