Archives of WHO

Special collections

The WHO archives have the privilege of holding special collections, besides the traditional paper documents. They include five main collections, which are described under the following links.

Lauritz Melchior, an opera singer and philatelist, receives the stamp series on malaria

STAMP COLLECTION

WHO has always had close links with stamp collecting. Since it was set up, numerous stamps have been issued in order to put messages across to the population.


5 medals representing a children's circle

NUMISMATIC COLLECTION

WHO has received and issued medals and coins throughout its history. They are issued to reward good deeds and to commemorate significant achievements.


Different types of sound archives

SOUND COLLECTION

The archives keep sound recordings of some major events in the history of WHO including the New York Conference in 1946.


Oral History teaser

ORAL HISTORY

Oral History project is endeavouring to create and present the institution's oral history by interviewing retired staff members who played an important role in WHO. These interviews supplement the more formal written sources.


Former Staff History teaser

FORMER STAFF HISTORY

Former WHO staff members share their experiences and writings during their terms in office at WHO.

INFORMATION RECORDS AND ARCHIVES

  • Where to look?
    Distinction between the library collections, the archives and current records.
  • Galleries
    Exhibition of the best photographs kept by the archives.
  • Library
    Link to the WHO Library and Information Networks for Knowledge.

Key WHO Information

Director-General
Director-General and senior management

Governance of WHO
WHO Constitution, Executive Board and World Health Assembly

Media centre
News, events, fact sheets, multimedia and contacts

International travel and health
Publication on travel risks, precautions and vaccination requirements

World Health Report
Annual report on global public health and key statistics