League of Nations Archives 1919-1946
Documentary heritage submitted by the United Nations Office at Geneva and recommended for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2009.
The League of Nations was conceived in 1919 during the aftermath of the tragedies and suffering caused by World War I. The archives of the League of Nations are a testimony to the will of the League's Member States to create the world's first intergovernmental organization for peace and cooperation, which led to a fundamental change towards an "institutionalization" of international relations. These unique archives attest to the efforts of interwar diplomats, officials and the first international civil servants on promoting cooperation between nations to guarantee peace and security.