UNESCO’s past orientations and actions have contributed to shape its present, and we might therefore all find some inspiration in taking a closer look at the history of our Organization. Organizational charts are useful tools to understand the functioning of an organization and to track changes over time. Thereby, they can also be helpful for archival searches.
UNESCO Archives had posted a selection of scanned files to the website from 2004 to 2007. You may now find these files (put into context with descriptive information on our holdings) in our ICA AtoM catalogue
60 years of UNESCO Documents
A long-term UNESCO Archives project is the objective is to make all official documents of a public nature since 1946 available on-line. In this framework 2,000 historical documents, reflecting the activities of the Organization during its early years, had been indexed and scanned in 2006-2007. As a preview of the Organization’s accumulated assets of knowledge and know-how that will progressively emerge, you can, for example, access a sample of documents on the following topics:
- From the International Institute for Intellectual Co-operation to UNESCO
- First steps towards the reconstruction of a world devastated by war
- Venice 1952: the status of the artist in society (texts by Thornton Wilder, Henry Moore, Georges Rouault, Arthur Honegger, Lucio Costa and others)
- Of a truly historic character, this groundbreaking project on cultural diversity opened up new horizons for international understanding and laid the foundations for a dialogue among cultures: Major Project on the Mutual Appreciation of Eastern and Western Cultural Values, 1956-1967
- During the implementation of the Major Project, studies and debates on the improvement of textbooks, teaching materials and curricula received a new impetus, especially in regard to a more satisfactory presentation of Eastern cultures in Western textbooks: Education for International Understanding, with reference to the improvement of textbooks and teaching materials
- Created in 1948, UNESCO’s Programme of Literary Translations was integrated into the Major Project in 1956, but continued beyond it. Although these books are not yet accessible on-line, they are available for consultation in the Archives, and for either consultation or on loan from the Library: UNESCO Collection of representative works
- And finally, an Archives/BPI/Clearing House co-production: The UNESCO Courier online, 1948-1953
These documents and many more are available on-line in UNESDOC, UNESCO's documentary database.