Archives of WHO

Centralized files, 1st & 2nd generations, Sub-fonds 1 & 2

People entering WHO Headquarters
Entrance to WHO Headquarters at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, 1955
  • Reference code : ARC010-1
  • Title : Centralized files, 1st generation, Sub-fonds 1
  • Date(s) : 1946-1950
  • Level of description : Sub-fonds
  • Extent and medium : 55 linear cm, microfilms
  • Reference code : ARC010-2
  • Title : Centralized files, 2nd generation, Sub-fonds 2
  • Date(s) : 1950-1955
  • Level of description : Sub-fonds
  • Extent and medium : 35 linear cm, microfilms
  • Accruals : No
  • Conditions governing access : Open for consultation subject to the deadlines and restrictions in force at WHO.
  • Conditions governing reproduction : The archives are subject to WHO author's copyright.
  • Finding aids : Paper inventory
  • Rules or conventions : Descriptive notice in conformity with ISAD(G) norm

From 1946, the mission of the "Registry", was to register and index documents produced and received by WHO. The two sub-fonds, commonly referred to as the 1st and 2nd generation files, originate from and reflect the archiving activity of this service, better known nowadays as "Records and Archives".

They contain documents dating from the beginnings of WHO and from its administration together with the first major programmes taken over from OIHP, UNRRA and from the League of Nations Health Section.