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Research Guide for the League of Nations Archives

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About the League of Nations Archives Resource Guide

Welcome to the resource guide for the League of Nations Archives! 

This guide is designed as a practical tool intended to facilitate research in the League of Nations Archives. It contains information about:  
  • the holdings and structure of the archive
  • catalogues and guides 
  • research themes, with bibliographies and a selection of primary sources
  • useful databases and online resources
  • links to related collections and further resources

Overview of the League of Nations Archives

Original files of the League of Nations
Secretariat of the League (correspondence and documents); the Refugees Mixed Archives Group (“Nansen Fonds”); Commission files (records of external League offices and entities).

Private Papers
International Peace Movements, 1870-, including the papers of Bertha von Suttner (1843-1914) and Alfred Fried (1864-1921), and the International Peace Bureau (1892-1951); Private Papers (1884-1986) contain materials from League of Nations officials and persons or associations related to the League of Nations, such as Sean Lester, Thanassis Aghnides, the International Association of Journalists, etc.  

The League of Nations documents collection 
Official publications (printed or mimeographed), minutes, working papers and documents of the various League organs.

Archival Reports

A great first help in your research, prepared by students of the Graduate Institute in Geneva, in the framework of their research training workshop. 

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