Collection Photo - Photographic archives

Zone d'identification


FR PUNES AG 12-Photo


Photographic archives


  • 1945- (Production)

Niveau de description


Étendue matérielle et support

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

Zone du contexte

Histoire archivistique

Source immédiate d'acquisition ou de transfert

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).

Zone du contenu et de la structure

Portée et contenu

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).

Évaluation, élimination et calendrier de conservation


Continuous accruals

Mode de classement

Chronologically and by subject

Zone des conditions d'accès et d'utilisation

Conditions d’accès

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:

Conditions de reproduction

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.

Langue des documents

Écriture des documents

Notes de langue et graphie

Caractéristiques matérielle et contraintes techniques

Instruments de recherche

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)

Générer l'instrument de recherche

Zone des sources complémentaires

Existence et lieu de conservation des originaux

Existence et lieu de conservation des copies

Unités de description associées

Descriptions associées

Zone des notes

Identifiant(s) alternatif(s)


Mots-clés - Sujets

Mots-clés - Lieux

Mots-clés - Noms

Mots-clés - Genre

Zone du contrôle de la description

Identifiant de la description

Identifiant du service d'archives

Règles et/ou conventions utilisées



Niveau de détail

Dates de production, de révision, de suppression

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




Zone des entrées

Sujets associés

Personnes et organismes associés

Genres associés

Lieux associés

entreposage physique

  • Classeur: Kardex - Prints