Colección Photo - Photographic archives

Área de identidad

Código de referencia

FR PUNES AG 12-Photo


Photographic archives


  • 1945- (Criação)

Nivel de descripción


Volumen y soporte

All quantities are approximations:

  • 140,000 black-and-white photographic prints and negatives (in a variety of formats)
  • 1,000 colour 35mm negatives
  • 15,000 duplicate colour slides
  • 29,000 35mm colour slides

Área de contexto

Institución archivística

Historia archivística

Origen del ingreso o transferencia

The bulk of UNESCO's historic photo collection was transferred from the Division of Public Information to the UNESCO Archives in 2015. The transfer included the Office of Public Information Photo Library negatives, prints and slides in three Kardex filing machines; the portraits collection; and photographic prints kept in a separate depot.

Other photographic materials preserved in the UNESCO Archives were transferred from the Office of Public Information beginning from the 1970s (OPI/Photo.1 and OPI/Photo.2 series).

Área de contenido y estructura

Alcance y contenido

The photographic archives span the period from the foundation of UNESCO until 2000 and contain photographic material of UNESCO programmes, activities, and events (conferences, meetings, Director General visits). In addition, the photo archives consist of images used for exhibitions or publications of UNESCO (e.g. the UNESCO Human Rights Exhibition prints and negatives found in the series MC).

Valorización, destrucción y programación


Continuous accruals

Sistema de arreglo

Chronologically and by subject

Área de condiciones de acceso y uso

Condiciones de acceso

A significant portion of the UNESCO photographic archives is currently available online for public consultation until end of October, 2021, on a temporary website created for the Digitizing Our Shared UNESCO History project.

Undigitized photographs are inventoried at only a basic level (see below under Finding Aids) and may be accessed upon request by contacting:


UNESCO photographs are the exclusive or non-exclusive property of UNESCO or of third parties and copyright holders. Prior written permission is required to reproduce photographs in print or electronic format in low or high resolutions. Such permissions are granted on a one-time non-exclusive basis and may be renewed. No rights granted to the requestor may be assigned, loaned or transferred to any third party.

Should you wish to obtain licensing permission to reproduce UNESCO photographs, please contact: and, indicating the Reference Code and the intended use of the photograph. Third party permission forms are not accepted.

Credit must be given by mentioning the following obligatory copyright notice adjacent to each item: © UNESCO/[Photographer]. Collection of UNESCO Archives.

Idioma del material

Escritura del material

Notas sobre las lenguas y escrituras

Características físicas y requisitos técnicos

Instrumentos de descripción

AG 12/3: Register of Negatives, 1945-

AG 12/3: Register of Diapositives/Slides

AG 12/3: Transfer lists for OPI/PHOTO.1 - UNESCO events and activities - prints (1944-1996)

AG 12/3: Transfer lists for OPI/PHOTO.2 - UNESCO General Conferences - negatives (1958-1980)

Generated finding aid

Área de materiales relacionados

Existencia y localización de originales

Existencia y localización de copias

Unidades de descripción relacionadas

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Área de notas

Identificador/es alternativo(os)

Puntos de acceso

Puntos de acceso por materia

Puntos de acceso por lugar

Puntos de acceso por autoridad

Tipo de puntos de acceso

Área de control de la descripción

Identificador de la descripción

Identificador de la institución

Reglas y/o convenciones usadas

Estado de elaboración


Nivel de detalle

Fechas de creación revisión eliminación

Draft created by Julia Pohle, September 2009. Revised/updated by Eng Sengsavang, September 2020.




Área de Ingreso

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physical storage

  • Archivador: Kardex - Prints