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League of Nations

Research Guide for the League of Nations Archives

From the LON Archives

The Total Digital Access to the League of Nations Archives Project (LONTAD)

In 2017, the UN Library & Archives Geneva launched the Total Digital Access to the League of Nations Archives Project (LONTAD) that will ensure state-of-the-art free online access and the digital and physical preservation of the entirety of the archives of the League of Nations (1919-1946), containing approximately 15 million pages. The LONTAD project is scheduled to end in 2022 and is made possible through a generous donation by a private Swiss foundation.

Due to the COVID situation, the UN Library & Archives Geneva provides, upon request, individual access to researchers to the materials already digitized through the platform Preservica.

If you are interested by this option, please send us a request through our system Ask an Archivist.

LONTAD documentary

Digitized Collections: League of Nations Official Documents

The League of Nations Council and Council and Member States documents (official documents distributed to members of the Council and to both the Council and all Member States, respectively) are now available in the BETA release of the Enterprise Search for the United Nations

Please note this is a pilot project in collaboration with the Office of Information and Communication Technology; changes and improvements to the search functions and results are likely to occur in the coming weeks.

Digitized Collections: Accessible Online in the Archives Catalogue

The contents of the Bertha von Suttner Papers and the Sean Lester Papers are available electronically in the Archives Catalogue.

To access PDF files of the digitized content, use the links below and stay in 'Detail View'. Select 'Localize in archive plan' to see the documents, files, sub-series, etc., in the archival tree structure.

The Covenant of the League of Nations

League of Nations Photo Archive

International Labour Organization (ILO) Archives

The ILO Archives provide online access to many League of Nations publications: ILOLEX, Database of International Labour Standards (mainly conventions), the Official Bulletin 1919-, and several other important official documents concerned with labour from 1919 onwards. 

World Health Organization (WHO): League of Nations Material on Health

After the demise of the League of Nations, the Health Section became the World Health Organization (WHO), founded 7 April 1948 and based in Geneva.