- 1950- (Creation)
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About 30.000 sound records
The systematic production and archiving of sound records started in the 1950s when a special audio section of the Bureau of Public Information was established. Before, conferences and speeches had been recorded as well and were integrated in the new sound collection.
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.
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Scope and content
The sound records contain mostly sound recordings of conferences and other events, speeches of the Director General and other important persons, but also music recordings, interviews and the UNESCO radio programs.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Continuous accruals, especially in the collection of sound recordings of the General Conference and the Executive Board meetings.
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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
Reproduction upon request within the access restrictions mentioned above.
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Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Sound records on tapes, partly digitized.
Recent recordings are entirely digital.
AG 12/2: English language radio recordings; catalogue as at November, 1965
AG 12/2: Une Sélection de programmes en langue française: I. Programmes divers, II. Evocations radiophoniques de livres de la collection UNESCO des Oeuvres représentatives, III. Série Grands anniversaires, 1992
AG 12/2: General Conference: list of speakers on tape recordings, 1968-
AG 12/2: Executive Board: list of speakers on tape recordings, 1968-
12/2: UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music (IMC)
12/2: Bureau of Public Information (BPI): register and indexes on cards to radio programmes, 1949-
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Created by Julia Pohle, September 2009