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Preparatory Commission of UNESCO

  • FR PUNES AG 3
  • Archive Group
  • 1945-1947

The archives of the Commission can be divided into two main parts: Official Documents and correspondence files.
It should be noted that documents and copies of documents were often put into the files. In some cases there is no printed document, or, in a few cases, the existing original typescript has been bound with the documents. If a document is missing from the bound volumes, the original could also possibly be found in the file. Therefore, it is important to consult both the documents and files.

The documents, by their nature as working tools of the Commission members, Member Governments and the Staff, exist in several copies and were distributed to all those mentioned above.

Preparatory Commission of UNESCO

Prep.Com. Documents

Subseries consists of 71 documents (excluding any revisions and addenda) which were issued under the general code Prep.Com. The subseries is arranged in numeric order based on the codes.

Editorial Committee of the Study on Fundamental Education

Subseries consists of the documents of the Editorial Committee responsible for editing the material gathered from world authorities in fundamental education in advance of the First Session of the General Conference of UNESCO. The resulting publication explained UNESCO's suggested programme of action in the field of fundamental education. The Committee's documents have no document code but are arranged roughly in reverse chronological order.

Committee on Libraries, Museums, Publications and Special Projects documents and meetings

Subseries consists of documents issued by the Preparatory Commission's Committee on Libraries, Museums, Publications and Special Projects. It also includes the records of the Committee's meetings. The documents and meeting records have the document code Prep.Com./ L. M. & Sp. Proj. Com./. The subseries is arranged in order of the code with the documents before the meeting records.

Press releases

Subseries consists of press releases issued by the Preparatory Commission. They have the code Press/ or Prep.Com./Pub.Inf./Press. There are also documents with no code. The subseries is arranged in order of the document code.

Preparatory Commission of UNESCO fonds

Fonds consists of official documents and correspondence files produced by the Preparatory Commission in the course of its activities. The fonds is arranged into two series: Documents and Correspondence files.

Preparatory Commission of UNESCO

Executive Committee Documents

Subseries consists of official documents issued by or relating to the Executive Committee of the Preparatory Commission. The documents were issued with the code Prep.Com./Exec.Com./ and a sequential number. The subseries is arranged in this numeric order.

Circular letters

Subseries consists of Circular letters issued by the Preparatory Commission. The letters have the document code CL/. The subseries is arranged in order of the document code.

Unesco Bulletin

Subseries consists of bulletins issued by the Preparatory Commission to inform a general public of news on the Organization's activities. The bulletins are arranged in chronological order based on their issue number.

Press Conference

Subseries consists of one document with a transcribed speech from a Preparatory Commission press conference held 18 October 1946. The speech was made by M. Montagnier, Head Counsellor in charge of the First Session of the General Conference and the Month of UNESCO. The speech is about the Month of UNESCO - the intellectual and artistic exhibitions thqt were to take place at the same time as the General Conference.

Joint Executive Committee and Conference of Allied Ministers of Education Meetings

Subseries consists of documents from a meeting held 18 January 1946 between the Preparatory Commission Executive Committee and the Conference of Allied Ministers of Education (CAME). The transfer of certain activities of CAME to UNESCO was discussed at the meeting. The documents have the code Prep.Com./Exec.Com;/SR of Joint Meeting.

Natural Sciences Committee documents and meetings

Subseries consists of documents issued by the Preparatory Commission's Natural Sciences Committee, as well as the records of the Committee's meetings. The documents and meeting records have the document code Prep.Com./ Nat. Sci. Com./. The subseries is arranged by code number with the documents before the meeting records.

Committee on Letters and Philosophy Documents and Meetings

Subseries consists of documents issued by the Preparatory Commission's Committee on Letters and Philosophy, as well as a record of the Committee's meetings. The documents have the document code Prep.Com./Com. on Letters & Philosophy/ and the record of the meetings has the code Prep.Com./Letters Com./. The subseries is arranged in order of the code with the documents before the meetings.

Finance Sub-Committee documents and meetings

Sub-series consists of documents issued by the Preparatory Commission's Finance Sub-Committee, as well as the records of its meetings. The documents and meeting records have the code Prep.Com./Finance Sub-Com./ or Prep.Com./Finance Sub-Cttee./. The subseries is arranged in order of the document code with the meeting records following the documents.

Staff circulars

Subseries consists of Staff circulars issued by the Preparatory Commission. The circulars were directed at staff to keep them informed of general administrative matters, such as, for example, the working hours or the transfer of the staff to Paris.

Plenary Meetings

Subseries consists of verbatim and summary records of the Plenary Meetings of the Preparatory Commission from the first to sixth session. The documents have codes (Prep.Com./SR, Prep.Com./VR, or similar but with the session number included) and are arranged by this code and in chronological order.

Committee on Education Documents and Meetings

Subseries consists of documents issued by the Preparatory Commission's Committee on Education and the records of the Committee's meetings. The documents have the code Prep.Com./Educ.Com. and are arranged by code, with the documents before the meeting records. There are also documents with no codes.

Media of Mass Communication Committee Documents and Meetings

Subseries consists of the documents issued by the Preparatory Commission's Media of Mass Communication Committee, as well as records from the Committee's meetings. The documents have codes Prep.Com./Mass Media Com./ and are arranged by code number with the documents before the meeting records.

Social Sciences Committee documents and meetings

Subseries consists of documents issued by the Preparatory Commission's Social Sciences Committee, as well as the records of the Committee's meetings. The documents and meeting records have the document code Prep.Com./ Soc.Sci.Com./. The subseries is arranged in order of the code with the documents before the meeting records. There are also some records without document codes.

Fine Arts Committee Documents

Subseries consists of documents issued by the Preparatory Commission's Fine Arts Committee. The documents and meeting records have the document code Prep.Com./ Fine Arts Com./. The subseries is arranged in order of the code.

Technical Sub-Committee on the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Needs of Devastated Areas

Subseries consists of documents issued by the Preparatory Commission's Technical Sub-Committee on the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Needs of Devastated Areas. It also includes the records of the Sub-Committee's meetings. The documents and meeting records have the document code Prep.Com./Tech.Sub-Com./. The subseries is arranged in order of the code with the documents before the meeting records.

UNRRA - Unesco Sub-Committee documents and meetings

Subseries consists of documents issued by the Preparatory Commission's UNRRA and Unesco Sub-Committee, as well as the summary record of the Sub-Committee meeting held 25 March 1946. The documents and meeting record have the code Prep.Com./Tech.Sub-Com./UNRRA Sub-Com./. The subseries is arranged by document code with the meeting record following the documents.

Consultative Committee of Representatives of International Organizations - Relief Appeal Sub-Committee

Subseries consists of documents issued by the Preparatory Commission's Consultative Committee of Representatives of International Organizations - Relief Appeal Sub-Committee. It also includes a record of the Sub-Committee's meeting held 7 May 1946. The documents have code UNRRA/UNESCO Joint Committee/Consult.Com./Relief Appeal Sub-Com./. They are arranged by order of the code with the documents before the meeting record.

Budget Committee documents

Sub-series consists of documents issued by the Preparatory Commission's Budget Committee. The documents have the code Prep.Com./Budget Com./. Some documents do not have a code. The subseries is arranged in order of the document code.