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ILO International Labour Organisation

ILO Archives

Telephone: +41.22.799.81.06

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The Archives cover the entire administrative cycle of records and serve as a repository for Headquarters units and Field Offices. The Archives contain correspondence and administrative files transferred from the Registry and decentralized filing stations.

Fonds and Collections

  • about 70,000 pre-war and wartime files (1919−1947)
  • 200,000 post-war files (1948−1978), t
  • Special collections:  These include the ILO Directors and Directors-General Archives: 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 C. Wilfred Jenks’ private papers (1920−1973), the records of the International Labour Office (Basel, 1890−1919) and photographic and audiovisual collections. These collections represent a total of more than 7,000 linear meters of occupied shelving.

How to access

By appointment only.
The Reading Room is located on R2-38 (ground floor north, room 38).

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday
09:00−12:00 and 14:00 −17:00