- 1950- (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
Since 1966/68 the sound recording is under two different responsibilities: the Bureau of Public Information kept the responsibility for the production and custody of all material used for the UNESCO radio transmissions; meanwhile the new founded sounds archives took over the recording of conferences, speeches and all meetings of the General Conference and the Executive Board.
The UNESCO radio program stopped in 1999 when UNESCO decided to give priority to information spreading via internet, but the recordings from the period 1950 to 1999 are still kept by the Bureau of Public Information.
In recent times, a significant decrease in demands of sound recording can be noticed and thus, much less audio material is produced by UNESCO.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
The sound material is not easily accessible for outside researchers. Especially for the recordings of the General Conference and Executive Board meetings access is gained - as a general rule - only to member of the Secretariat, Member States or member of the Executive Board. All other sound records might be accessible upon request.
A growing number of sound records of particular interest will be made available on the UNESCO Archives Multimedia website.
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Recent recordings are entirely digital.