- 1948- (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
7500 film cans, some thousands of video tapes
Since 1948, all big events of UNESCO have been filmed, indexed and the material stored in the archives of the Audiovisual Section of the Bureau of Public Information.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The first documentary films produced by the organisation were published in the 1950s in order to show the activities of the organisation and to promote them to the external public. In 1958 a unit for radio and television production was established and started to broadcast regularly images taken on the occasion of official visits of state presidents, journeys of the Director General, inauguration etc.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
The archives of film production are stored by and accessible via the Audiovisual Section of the Bureau of Public Information (BPI/AUD) on demand.
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
1945-1988 film material
1988-1988 3/4 Inch (BVU, Umatic)
Since 1988 BETA SP, BETA NUM DV CAM
Online search of a small part of the film material is possible via the UNESCO Archives Multimedia Database.
All other film material is indexed in an electronic database which is accessible at the Audiovisual Section of the Bureau of Public Information.