Collection REG - Central Registry Collection

UNESCO Institutes in Germany - Legal Matters UNESCO Institutes in Germany - Governing Boards UNESCO Institutes in Germany - Personnel Mission of Experts to Evaluate the Work of the UNESCO Institutes in Germany Visit of UNESCO Institutes in Germany by Members of the Executive Board Subcommittee Statement on Race - Expert meeting of physical anthropologists and genetists Educational Mission to Afghanistan – Follow-up Educational Mission to Afghanistan – Equipment Statement on Race - Part I Statement on Race - Part II Study on the positive contributions by immigrants - Part I Study on the positive contributions by immigrants - Part II Comité sur les Principes Philosophiques des Droits de l’Homme - Part I Comité sur les Principes Philosophiques des Droits de l’Homme - Part II Public Opinion Enquiries on Human Rights UNESCO Education Institutes – Germany – Meetings & Seminars 1952 UNESCO Education Institutes – Germany – Site Educational Mission to Afghanistan Educational Mission to Afghanistan - Reports Relations with the Union of South Africa - Official

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Central Registry Collection


  • 1946-1989 (Accumulation)

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Archival history

In 1984, a fire in a Central Registry filing room destroyed approximately 740 linear metres of official correspondence subject files. The material mostly dated from 1965 to 1977. A list of the file titles and/or CDU codes of destroyed and damaged files exists and can be consulted on site. UNESCO Archivists have identified possible alternative sources of information for the material that was lost.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of UNESCO records that were routed to and organized by a centralized Registry Section. The principal and system of classification used by the Registry was Universal Decimal Classification. The collection is further organized into three series based on three chronological periods: 1946-1956; 1957-1966; and 1967 to roughly 1989.

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Conditions governing access

As a general rule, Secretariat correspondence and administrative files are open for consultation after twenty years, counted from the most recent item in the file.
Access to a document or file not yet within the open consultation period may be granted by the Chief Archivist on an exceptional basis with the agreement of the appropriate official(s) or unit(s) of the Secretariat.

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Finding aids

Different indexes available:

  • Abridged filing plan for the official dossiers in use by the Secretariat of UNESCO (GES/WS/2), AG 8/2.1
  • Index of inactive correspondence files, 1st series, 1946-1956, AG 8/2.2 REG
  • Index of inactive correspondence files, 2nd series, 1957-1966, AG 8/2.3 REG
  • Registry files: card index, 1946-

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For the present moment, lower-level descriptions are being entered only for subsubseries and files considered a high priority. Some of the files have also been scanned. For a more complete idea of the different files in the series, please see the Abridged filing plan or the Index of inactive correspondence finding aids mentioned above.

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Revised slightly AWT 31/03/2011.




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