Public Reference Service

The United Nations Archives and Records Management Section is committed to providing a quality service to all its clients. Our research room staff will offer professional advice on aspects of your research that are relevant to United Nations archives.


UN Archives in New York is available for consultation in the Archives and Records Management Section (ARMS) facilities in New York, subject to public access regulations.


Members of the public may have access to:

  • Documents that were accessible at the time of their creation.

  • Documents which are more than 20 years old and not subject to restrictions imposed by the Secretary-General.

  • Documents which are less than 20 years old and not subject to restrictions imposed by the Secretary-General, on condition that the originating office has given written consent for access.


Sending a Reference Enquiry to UN Archives

Staff is available to:
  • Discuss research interests
  • Provide information on relevant sources
  • Arrange an appointment for an on-site visit
Some suggestions for making a reference enquiry:
  • Be as specific as possible about your topic. If your research concerns an individual include full name, previous name, dates, places, etc.
  • Be sure to mention sources already consulted.
  • Please mention any previous contact with staff members.

The Archives will provide information about sources relevant to your topic, but due to the number of requests we cannot undertake extensive research. The archivist will assist you in locating possible records of interest, and in reserving a desk for you in our reference room. As we are often booked weeks in advance, it is advisable to plan your visit with as much notice as possible.You will only be able to access the archives on the days for which you have pre-registered.

ARMS receives enquiries by e-mail (preferred), mail and fax. If you do not receive an answer within 5 business days please resend your email as we may not have received it. 

E-mail (preferred) 



Reference Archivist
RMS FF-103
United Nations
New York, NY
USA 10017