National Commissions for intellectual cooperation

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Type of entity

Corporate body

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National Commissions for intellectual cooperation

Parallel form(s) of name

  • Commissions nationales de coopération intellectuelle

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Description area

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The National Commissions for intellectual cooperation began to be established in 1922-1923, following a CICI study on the conditions of intellectual workers. National Commissions, affiliated with the CICI, were national working groups responsible for questions on intellectual cooperation in their respective countries. They were composed of intellectuals who were initially charged with alerting the CICI to the post-war situation and needs with respect to intellectual cooperation in their respective countries. The National Commissions evolved to play a liaison role between the CICI and their national institutions. The Commissions had varied statuses in their states: governmental, semi-governmental, or private (for the majority). By 1940, 40 National Commissions were operating. The Commissions ceased their activities during the Second World War, and then briefly recommenced their activities in 1946, avant que l'IICI ne disparaisse.


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Relationships area

Related entity

International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation

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Category of the relationship


Dates of the relationship

1922 - 1946

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History written by Marie Caillot November 2011. Authority record created by AWT 5/12/2011. English translation by AWT 06/12/2011.




  • Renoliet, J.-J. (1999). L'UNESCO oubliée. La Société des Nations et la coopération intellectuelle (1919-1946). Paris : Publications de la Sorbonne. P. 32-33, 280-296.
  • UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1 : CICI/461. Organisation de Coopération intellectuelle, "Les Commissions nationales de Coopération intellectuelle", Préface de Gonzague de Reynold. P. 5-14.
  • UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1 : IICI/17. Henri Bonnet (1938). L’Oeuvre de l’Institut international de Coopération intellectuelle. Académie de Droit international (extrait du recueil des cours). Paris : [s.n.]. Librairie du Recueil Sirey. P. 26, 28-29.
  • UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1 : boîte 8. IICI. A. I. 76 (Correspondance générale du Directeur, 1939-1940). Henri Bonnet, "Activité de l'IICI au lendemain de la déclaration de guerre. Projets pour 1940" (4 p.).
  • UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1 : subsubseries A.III."Relations avec les Commissions nationales" (1925-1946).
  • United Nations Office at Geneva. Archives Catalogue entry for Intellectual Cooperation and International Bureaux Section, 1919-1946 (Sub-Fonds). Accessed online 5/12/2011:

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