Series - Reference films

Identity area

Reference code


Reference films


  • 1946- (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

About 11,000 works

Context area


Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

These films have not been produced by UNESCO itself but have been given to the organisation by NGOs, foreign film producers or member states. UNESCO has a legal responsibility to maintain these films.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Wide range of subjects and types

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


Normally no further accruals

System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

On demand at the Audiovisual Section of the Bureau of Public Information.

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Indexed in an electronic database which is accessible at the Audiovisual Section of the Bureau of Public Information.

Two catalogues have been published for internal use only:
Film reference library catalogues, 1972 and 1973-1980

Generated finding aid

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Original material of the reference films kept by UNESCO might be available in archives of the member State

Existence and location of copies

Copies of the reference films kept by UNESCO might exist

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Description control area

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Dates of creation revision deletion




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