geneveMonde has established partnerships with international organizations present in Geneva for the enhancement and cross-referencing of a selection of their archives. Other organizations will join us in the coming months.
La Radio Télévision Suisse
The archives of the Swiss Radio Television constitute a collection of some 157'000 hours of videos preserved since 1954 and nearly 550'000 hours of sound archives since 1935. Photographs complete this heritage.
Under the aegis of the FONSART, 65'000 hours of 16mm films and videos and 60'000 hours of radio programs have been digitized and saved since 2005.
The ICRC Archives
The archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross were founded in 1863 when the ICRC was established. This archive - together with the library - is considered the largest repository of documents on international humanitarian law. More than 93,000 digitized photos, about 1,700 films and videos and more than 1,000 audio recordings, illustrating its past and present activities and operations, are available to the public at avarchives.icrc.org/
The United Nations Library and Archives Geneva
The United Nations Archives in Geneva is the official repository for all United Nations documents of long-term historical and administrative value. These documents constitute 8 fonds and collections: Archives of the United Nations Office at Geneva - Archives of the League of Nations - Archives of international peace movements - Private archives - Collections (pamphlets, brochures, iconographic documents).
The League of Nations Archives, listed in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register since 2009, comprise approximately 15 million pages of content, from the creation of the League of Nations in 1919 until its dissolution in 1946. The League of Nations Full Digital Access Project (LONTAD), which aims to digitize, preserve and provide online access to the League of Nations archives, was completed in the fall of 2022.
The International Labour Organization Archives
The historical archives of the International Labor Organization include approximately 70,000 pre-war and wartime records (1919-1947), 200,000 post-war records (1948-1978), and a number of special collections. These include the Records of the Directors and Directors General of the ILO: Albert Thomas (1920-1932), Harold Butler (1932-1938), John G. Winant (1939-1941), Edward Phelan (1941-1948), David A. Morse ( 1948-1970) and C. Wilfred Jenks (1970-1973). Also archived are the private papers of C. Wilfred Jenks (1920-1973), the archives of the International Labor Office (Basel, 1890-1919), and photographic and audiovisual collections.
History of International Organizations Network
Founded in Geneva in the fall of 2008, the HION group aims to bring together the many researchers working on the history of international organizations and to promote collaboration between researchers, archivists of international organizations and international officials.
The International Telecommunication Union
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), driving innovation in ICTs together with 193 Member States and a membership of over 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations. Established over 150 years ago, ITU is the intergovernmental body responsible for coordinating the shared global use of the radio spectrum, promoting international cooperation in assigning satellite orbits, improving communication infrastructure in the developing world, and establishing the worldwide standards that foster seamless interconnection of a vast range of communications systems. From broadband networks to cutting-edge wireless technologies, aeronautical and maritime navigation, radio astronomy, oceanographic and satellite-based earth monitoring as well as converging fixed-mobile phone, Internet and broadcasting technologies, ITU is committed to connecting the world. For more information, visit www.itu.int.
Since 2009, the platform notreHistoire.ch allows the public to publish its own archives. These unpublished documents are in resonance with institutional archives kept in libraries, media libraries, museums in French-speaking Switzerland, and in the collection of the Radio Télévision Suisse. Two other platforms were opened in 2017, lanostraStoria.ch for the Italian-speaking Swiss and nossaistorgia.ch for the Grisons. A German-language version is in the works.
Geneva Vision tells the world from the international Geneva and Switzerland. Created by RTS, the platform publishes content that it produces or that it receives from its partners, including SWI Swissinfo.ch and TV5MONDE. Geneva Vision has links with the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute Geneva.
Discover and enrich the history of International Geneva
The diplomacy of banquets
The League of Nations moved to Geneva in 1920. The sociability of the diplomats was facilitated by the fact that Geneva had large hotels, parks and gardens that favored dinners and cocktail parties. This sociability will remain an important component of the functioning of the League of Nations.