Subfonds WLO - Archives of the Washington Liaison Office

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Archives of the Washington Liaison Office


  • 1978 - 1986 (Creation)

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4.6 linear meters of textual records

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(May 1978 - March 1986)

Administrative history

The UNESCO Liaison Office in Washington opened in May 1978 and closed down on March 31, 1986, in consequence to the withdrawal of the United States from UNESCO.

Between 1963 and 1965 there had already been a Liaison Office in Washington which mainly served to establish a co-operation programme between UNESCO and the World Bank. In 1965 this office had been transferred to the New York Liaison Office.


Archival history

The Washington Office was closed in March 1986. In October 1988, the Records of the Washington Liaison Office were transferred from the External Relation Sector of UNESCO to the UNESCO Archives. On that occasion, a preliminary inventory was established.
Formerly, from 1963-1965, there was already a Liaison Office in Washington, for which no archives exist in UNESCO Archives.

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Scope and content

Subfonds consists of documents, reports, publications and other material from the Washington Liaison Office, covering the period May 1978 to March 1986.

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No further accruals.

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Preliminary inventory from 1988 available from UNESCO Archives upon request.

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When being dissolved, the Office undertook some efforts to leave its publications collection intact, so that there would remain an integral source of information about UNESCO in Washington.
While unsuccessful in this effort, they had been able to place some parts with institutions in Washington:

  • The General Conference, Executive Board and other UNESCO meeting documents were turned over to the Library of Congress Serial and Government Publications Division;
  • Key reference works were given to the library of the United Nations Information Center;
  • Materials on ecology and the Man and the Biosphere programme were sent to the United Nations Environmental Programme Office (UNEP);
  • Communication materials were transferred to the Academy for Educational Development;
  • Information on cultural preservation was donated to the US Committee of the International Council of Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS).
    All institutions agreed to grant access to these materials.

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See Central Registry files with UDC code X07.55 ODG/WLO.

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Created by Julia Pohle, August 2009. Revised, AWT, September 2009.




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