- 1945- (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
- circa 29,000 35mm colour slides
- 140,000 black and white 35mm negatives
- 1,000 colour 35mm negatives
- in addition 15,000 duplicate colour slides
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
The photo archives of the Bureau of Public Information handles and preserves most of the photographic material produced by UNESCO.
Some more photographic material is preserved in the UNESCO Archives and includes photos produced by UNESCO and other photographic material used for exhibitions and publications.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Part of the photography holdings - mainly the most interesting and important pictures - have been scanned and are accessible online via the UNESCO photobank.
All other photographic material can be searched and accessed via the Audiovisual Section of the Bureau of Public Information or the UNESCO Archives.
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Around 25,000 photos with a high public interest are indexed in the the UNESCO photobank.
All other photos kept by the Bureau of Public Information are inventoried on card indexes and on chronological lists, available in the photo archives of BPI.
Besides this, there are lists of all photos preserved in the UNESCO Archives available.