- 1950- (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
Thus, sound records before 1968 are mostly kept by the Audiovisual Section of the Bureau of Public Information, meanwhile the recordings or the General Conference and the Executive Board are preserved by the Sound Archives.
Recordings of minor conferences are done on command but are given to the organizers of the meeting and should be kept by them.
Since 2005 all recordings are digital and stored on a server.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Chronologically for Executive Board and General Conference
By subject and speaker for older conferences
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
The sound material is not easily accessible for outside researchers. Records kept by the Bureau of Public Information can be accessed with the assistance and authorization of the Audio Section.
The recordings of the General Conference and Executive Board meetings are - as a general rule - accessible only to member states respectively member of the Executive Board and the Secretariat. Authorizations for external researchers might be gained by the Chief Archivist in particular cases.
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.
For General Conference and Executive Board, lists of speakers on tape recordings are available for all sessions since 1968.
For events, conferences and meetings before that date, interviews and recordings of the programme sectors a card index is available in the Audiovisual Section of the Bureau of Public Information.