The archives are arranged as series within the United Nations office or agency that created them. The creating agency could be a United Nations department, mission, tribunal or any other United Nations functional unit.
The United Nations archives cover five broad areas.
Archives include those of:
- the International Penal and Penitentiary Commission, 1893–1951;
- the United Nations Information Organization, 1941–1946;
- the United Nations War Crimes Commission, 1943-1949;
- the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, 1943-1949;
- the United Nations Conference on International Organization, San Francisco, 1945;
- the United Nations Preparatory Commission, 1945-1946.
Fonds of the former Secretaries-General from Trygve Lie to Kofi Annan, from 1946 to 2006.
The holdings consist of two main types of archives:
- Registry files (covering all departments):
1946-1947 Central Registry
1948-1954 Branch registries
1954-1983 Central Registry
- Non-registry records (arranged according to the departmental organization of the Secretariat, 1946 – present), and include the archives of:
Office of the Secretary-General, Office of Legal Affairs, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Office of Public Information, Department of Trusteeship and Non-Self Governing Territories, Department of Political and Security Council Affairs, and many others.
These holdings include the archives of: United Nations Emergency Force, 1956-1967; United Nations Organization in the Congo, 1960-1964; Other missions and commissions established by the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Trusteeship Council or the Secretary-General, and cover the areas of Africa, Americas, Asia and the Pacific Europe and the Middle East.
Archives of the United Nations Children’s Fund, United Nations Development Programme, International Refugee Organization, and the United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency. (Will be coming in the future)
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