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Documentation

Series consists of documentation files with newspaper clippings, typed speeches and other printed or published material gathered by the Comité to document a subject. The series does however extend to 1939, after the Comité was officially dissolved. It seems then that the staff of the Institute continued to add to the series in 1939. It is arranged into five subseries according to the original alpha-numeric classification scheme.

Film archives

The film archives of UNESCO are divided into three parts:

  • The archives of film productions, containing about 7500 film cans of material produced by UNESCO itself.

  • The archives of reference films, containing about 1100 works which not have been produced by UNESCO itself but have been given to the organisation by NGOs, foreign film producers or member states.

  • The archives of distributed films, containing around 2500 copies of 210 films. These films have been produced by the organisation and concern different programmes or projects.

Online search of a portion of Unesco film material is possible via: UNESCO Archives Multimedia Database. Digitizing Our Shared Unesco History

All other film material is indexed in an electronic database, originally created and maintained by the Division of Public Information.

For questions regarding access to the film archives, or to request a search for film titles in the electronic database, please contact: archives@unesco.org

Audio archives

The sound records contain mostly sound recordings of conferences and other events, speeches of the Director General and other important persons, but also music recordings, interviews and the UNESCO radio programs.

Photo archives

The photo archives cover the period from the foundation of UNESCO until today and contain photographic material of all big events, conferences, meetings which include the participation of the Director General, visits of the important persons and missions of the Director General. They further contain pictures used for exhibitions or publications of UNESCO and material donated by other institutions, member States of delegations.

Documents de travail en tant que Délégué permanent de la France auprès de l’UNESCO

Cette série contient des documents de travail de Jacqueline Baudrier, au sein de l'UNESCO, et des documents généraux sur l'UNESCO et ses activités. Elle est constituée des deux sous-séries suivantes :
-Conférences générales, Conseils exécutifs et Comités
-UNESCO : Conférences, actualités et généralités

Retrait américain et crise de l’UNESCO

Cette série contient des documents de l'UNESCO, des coupures de presse et des correspondances autour de la crise de l'UNESCO. Elle est constituée des deux sous-séries suivantes :
-Commentaires et réactions officiels dont coupures de presse
-Coupures de presse et interventions de Jacqueline Baudrier

Communication et information – PIDC et NOMIC

Cette série contient des documents relatifs au PIDC (Programme International pour le Développement de la Communication), au NOMIC (Nouvel Ordre Mondiale de l'Information et de la Communication), et à la communication de manière générale. Elle est constituée des trois sous-séries suivantes :
-Programme International pour le Développement de la Communication (PIDC)
-L’UNESCO et la communication
-Documents divers sur la communication

La France au sein de l’UNESCO et la Francophonie

Cette série contient des documents relatifs à l'action, à la place, et aux représentants de la France à l'UNESCO, ainsi que des documents relatifs à la francophonie, notamment dans le cadre de l'UNESCO et des organisations auxquelles participe Jacqueline Baudrier. Elle est constituée des deux sous-séries suivantes :
-CNF et Délégation de la France
-Francophonie

Dossiers professionnels et personnels divers

Cette série contient des documents extrêmement divers, pouvant être relatifs aussi bien à des activités officielles auprès de l'UNESCO qu'à des activités exercées à l'extérieur. Elle est constituée des trois sous-séries suivantes :
-Documents autour des interventions de Jacqueline Baudrier et conférence à Abidjan
-Documents divers
-Autres types de documents : photographies et agendas

General Assembly Sessions

The General Assembly met for 13 ordinary sessions and 6 extraordinary sessions. The documents include information on: decisions made at each session; financial reports; and, reports on the activities and budget of the Organization. Records from the 8th session of the General Assembly are missing from the series.

Committee for the Revision of the IBI Convention

The Committee for the Revision of the IBI Convention (REVCO) was an ad hoc committee of the IBI General Assembly. The Committee was convoked when a new revision of the Convention was being discussed. The subseries in particular contains examples of possible revisions to the Convention and to the internal regulations of the Organization since its creation. The subseries consists only of working documents from the Committee’s work in the 1980s.

Executive Council sessions

The IBI Executive Council met for 57 ordinary sessions and 4 extraordinary sessions. The series consists of an incomplete set of files on the sessions, containing the Council's decision and reports on the programme activities and finances of the Organization. The series starts at the 18th Session. Information on prior sessions can be found in the reference documents of the office of the Director-General of the IBI (series IBI/5/1/1).

Reflection Committee

The Reflection Committee was established by a decision of the IBI Executive Council during its 54th session in April 1986. The Committee's purpose was to evaluate the present situation of the Organization and to reflect on future orientations and prospects. The Committee was composed of former Presidents of the governing bodies of the IBI - the General Assembly or the Executive Council. The series contains correspondence and records of the meeting of the Committee.

Consultative Programme and Budget Committee

The Consultative Programme and Budget Committee was created by the 53rd Session of the IBI Executive Council. It held its first meetings on 27-28 February 1986 in Rome. The purpose of the Committee was to analyze proposals for programme activities and the budgets submitted by the Director-General for the years 1987-1988 and then to make recommendations based on its analysis to the Executive Council. The series mostly contains documents and correspondence exchanged by members of the Committee around the time of its meetings.

Consultative Scientific Committee

The Consultative Scientific Committee was created by a decision at the 13th Session of the General Assembly of the IBI as part of a larger initiative of reflection on the Organization, its present situation and its future prospects. The Scientific Committee was proposed as a supporting body to IBI programme activities which would meet every two years to study and propose state of the art technologies and their use for the socio-economic and cultural development of member states.

The series consists of correspondence about the Committee exchanged between 8 January to 2 February 1987. One of its sessions seems to have been held on 20-21 January 1987. Any possible official documents from these meetings are missing.

Correspondances avec les organisations et pays membres et non membres de l'IBI

Les correspondances du comité de liquidation concernent avant tout les modalités de règlement financier des employés licenciés et du matériel de l'IBI. Une part importante de la correspondance est faite avec le gouvernement italien d'une part, et l'UNESCO d'autre part. Les correspondances avec l'UNESCO concernent les modalités de versement des archives de l'IBI à l'UNESCO. Les correspondances avec les organisations internationales et les autres pays sont essentiellement des courriers de demande d'information sur la publication de l'IBI AGORA, les conférences et programmes en cours de l'IBI et les notifications de liquidation de l'organisation par Dino Valenza.

Outgoing correspondence

Subseries consists of outgoing mail as registered by the Secretariat of the Director General. The series is incomplete. Files prior to 1985 are missing except for one dating from 1983. There are small gaps in files from the beginning of 1985; however, files from that point onwards to 1988 are more complete.

Reference documents

The series consists mostly of summaries of the decisions taken and agendas for the meetings of the General Assembly and Executive Board. Although the material partly duplicates information found elsewhere, the series was retained to compensate for gaps in the subfonds IBI/1 General Assembly records and IBI/2 Executive Board records.

External relations records

The External Relations service in the Cabinet of the Director-General was responsible for maintaining relations with member countries, non-member countries and organizations operating in the field of informatics (with or without formal cooperation agreements with the Organization). The service kept up-to-date information on the IBI's relations with these actors as well as reports on shared activities. The files consist primarily of correspondence exchanged between the IBI and the country or organization. Beyond letters, telegrams and telexes, the files include reports, brochures, and copies of agreements. The series has been arranged into three subseries:
-IBI/6/1/1 Governmental organization files
-IBI/6/1/2 Non-governmental organization files
-IBI/6/1/3 Country files

Information and documentation

The IBI Documentation Centre maintained a library of material related to informatics or information technologies. The material was organized according to thematic groupings which were assigned a classification code. The series has three subseries, including one on the history of the organization from its creation to the 1980s entitled "Histoire de l'IBI."

Publications

The Publications service of the IBI was responsible for the production and distribution of the Organization's periodicals, such as, for example, Agora, IBI Press and the IBI Newsletter. The service was also responsible for the official documents for conferences, the working documents and the studies published by IBI. The audio-visual unit produced video and audio recordings of conferences, as well as audio-visual material publicizing the activities of the organization. The series contains all types of publications created by the IBI (reports, working documents, conference documents, etc.) in either draft form or in printed, final form which was ready for distribution within or outside the organization.

Circular Letters

Circular letters (CL) signed by the Director-General are addressed to the Governments of Member States or National Commissions for UNESCO in the course of official business. For example, they are used to inform the Governments, to solicit information from them and ask for their position on certain questions, to send invitations to conferences, to invite applications for higher posts in the Secretariat.

Instruments signed with Member States

Series primarily consists of legal instruments signed between UNESCO and member states, including state agencies and corporations. Instruments include co-operation agreements, host-country agreements, funds-in-trust agreements and plans of operation. UNESCO agreements signed with local governments are also filed in this series. The series also contains agreements signed between UNESCO and international, regional or other multilateral organizations as well as all multilateral conventions and recommendations adopted by the General Conference or other intergovernmental conferences which designated UNESCO as a depository. United Nations University (UNU), University for Peace (UPEACE) and World Maritime University (WMU) agreements are filed in this series, but other agreements signed with universities, including state universities, can be found in series B. UNITWIN agreements may be filed in this series or series B. Instruments are given a reference code and registered upon receipt in the Archives and are therefore in rough chronological order.

Instruments signed with organizations, companies and private individuals

The series consists of legal instruments signed between UNESCO and non-governmental organizations, universities, foundations, private companies, or individuals. The series includes state universities and academies, but not research institutes with reporting relations to branches of government. United Nations University (UNU), University for Peace (UPEACE) and World Maritime University (WMU) agreements are filed under series A as they were established by the UN system. All UNESCO Chair agreements are filed in this series, but UNITWIN agreements may be found in series A or B. The Archives staff also used this series at first to register special documents or objects of intrinsic value, such as medals, emblems, speeches, recordings, and stamps. The series further contains subseries of agreements for the safeguarding campaigns. Agreements are arranged in order of the reference code given upon registration in the Archives and are, therefore, roughly in chronological order.

Donations, bequests and legacies

Series consists of legal instruments or other documents generated when UNESCO received a donation of property. It does not include instruments related to gifts of art (with the exception of photograph C/9) or smaller regular donations of books, objects and equipment. The files are arranged in order of the reference code given upon registration in the Archives and are, therefore, roughly in chronological order.

ODG Subject Files

Series consists of subject files of the Director-General on diverse matters. The first transfer dates from the tenure of René Maheu, however, records in some files date from before this time. Each transfer is arranged in rough alphabetical order and thus the series as a whole is arranged in a repeating alphabetical order. In general, the files were transferred at the end of a Director-General's term in office. Files contain correspondence, speeches, reports, and handwritten notes.

Hammarskjold Commission files

Series consists of ODG files on the Hammarskjold Commission - an independent body commissioned to advise the Director-General on ways and means of improving staff efficiency and management in the UNESCO Secretariat. The files are in original order.

Executive Board private meeting files

Series consists of files of the ODG generated from the Private Meetings of the Executive Board. Senior posts are discussed at such meetings, including matters such as nominations, appointments, extensions of contracts, salaries, and the structure of the secretariat. The files consists of PRIV documents issued from the meetings (open for consultation after 20 years in another series), as well as notes and internal memoranda circulated between members of the Directorate. Series begins at the 70th Session of the Executive Board (1965) and ends at the 155th Session (1998).

Department/Sectors files

Series consists of files on departments and sectors of UNESCO as created during the tenure of Directors-General Maheu and Matsuura. Files primarily contain memoranda exchanged between the Director-General and the Assistant Director-General or Director of the unit concerned. Files are arranged in rough alphabetical order by unit acronym.

DG chronological files

Series consists of out-going letters, memoranda, telexes and telegrammes signed by the Director-General. They are roughly in chronological order with some later files also being organized by Sector or Department.

Records of Deputy Director-General M.S. Adiseshiah

The series contain mostly copies of letters, memos, cables, mission reports signed by Adiseshiah or his Executive Assistants, as well as speeches and addresses delivered by him. Most items are of official character, however some are semi-official or personal. There are a few letters received in the files, however the majority of correspondence is out-going mail. There are also inspection reports and mission reports, documents on the negotiations with the representatives of Member States, as well as discussions with UNESCO representatives, officials and experts in the field. The series is arranged in 11 subseries, however, files are numbered sequentially despite the subseries.

Adiseshiah, Malcolm S.

Fellowship files

Series consists of fellowship files created by the Division of Training Abroad. It is arranged roughly in chronological order. Files contain applications to the programme and administrative correspondence. They are often very slight (3-5 documents), but can also have final reports and more substantive correspondence.

Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Series consists of files on Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) with whom UNESCO maintains or maintained official relations. It reflects the process of admission to categories of official relations as well as the ongoing activities undertaken in observance of the obligations of such categories. The files contain information on the NGO itself, but not necessarily on projects undertaken jointly with UNESCO. Files are arranged chronologically reflecting different transfers over time, and then roughly alphabetically by the French name of the NGO.

UNESCO. Section for Non-Governmental Organizations

Division for Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace

The Sub-fonds includes the records of the Division of Freedom of Expression, Democracy and Peace and its antecessors, part of the Information and Communication Sector of UNESCO, of all projects and programmes of CI/FED and of the numerous committees, boards, and commissions related to CI/FED whose records were/are the responsibility of UNESCO.

CIHDSCH 2 Manuscripts

Series consists of typed or mimeographed manuscripts that, for the most part, have no annotations. They are arranged in order of volume and chapters.

Division for Human Settlements and the Socio-Cultural Environment files

Series consists of files transferred directly from the Division for Human Settlements and the Socio-Cultural Environment (SHS/ENV) and its successor the Division of Population and Human Settlements (SHS/POP). Files cover programme activities on rural and urban habitat, reconstruction, quality of life and human ecology. Activities include missions, training programmes and division contributions to conferences such as the 1982 World Conference on Cultural Policies (Mondiacult). Files contain general correspondence, internal memoranda and final documents. They are in no particular order.

UNESCO. Division for Human Settlements and the Socio-Cultural Environment

Division of Human Rights and Peace Files

Series consists of the files of the SHS Division of Human Rights and Peace (HRS) as well as some files from its successor unit. The files date from the creation of HRS to the mid-1990s. The files cover programme activities such as the production of publications and studies, the organization of meetings, and the coordination of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education. There are also two specific subseries: a subseries of correspondence files (COR) organized by year or by staff member; and a subseries of files (PP) on the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education .

UNESCO. Division of Human Rights and Peace

UNESCO Peace Games files

Series consists of files related to the 1995 and 1996 UNESCO Peace Games. Documents date from the early conception and development of the games, and include research related to youth and the theme of peace; correspondence related to potential sponsorships; day-to-day correspondence; correspondence with Director-General Federico Mayor as well as delegates from Member States; an evaluation of the feasibility and success of the games; press and media coverage files; and three-dimensional souvenir objects or gifts from or related to the games. The series is arranged in four subseries, however, files are numbered sequentially despite the subseries.

UNESCO Peace Games

Population Division Files

Series consists of files from the Population Division (SHS/POP) and the Division of Population and Human Settlements (SHS/POP). The files mostly pertain to programme activities in the fields of urbanization, architecture, family planning and population. Activities include the execution of UNFPA and Participation Programme projects, as well as information dissemination and training. Files are in no particular order.

UNESCO. Population Division

Information Society Division Files

The series includes the records of the Information Society Division (CI/INF). Files include records on the Division's projects and programmes, and on the work of numerous related committees, boards, and commissions.

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