The central files are considered to be the "heart" of the World Health Organization's archives. At the time of the Interim Commission of WHO in 1946, a "Registry" was set up to ensure that the documents produced and received by WHO were registered and centralized. This service was the predecessor of the current "Records and Archives" service.
This fonds paints a broad picture of the work of WHO since 1946 and represents a resource of considerable historic value, as it covers most of the health topics with which WHO has dealt since its beginnings. The fonds is divided into four chronologically distinct sub-fonds.