Contacting the ICRC archives
Address, telephone numbers, email address, opening hours, research procedures.
Public archives (1863 – 1965)
Most archive documents are in French.
If you wish to consult the ICRC's historical archives, please contact Fabrizio Bensi in advance (by e-mail, telephone or post) to make an appointment. When you arrive at ICRC Headquarters, please report to the reception desk, which will contact the archives personnel.
You can use digital cameras and laptops in the ICRC archives reading room as long as you don’t disturb other readers. Scanners are forbidden.
The film archives cover the work of the ICRC in conflicts throughout the world, from 1921 to the present day.
We have over 2,800 titles, containing 700 hours of footage.
We will be launching an online film archive database in 2013.
The audio archives cover the work of the ICRC in conflicts throughout the world, from 1940 to the present day.
We have over 10,000 digitized documents, containing thousands of hours of sound.
We supply sound recordings in electronic form, free of copyright restrictions.
You will receive your audio documents either via FTP or on a data storage medium (CD-ROM, etc.), depending on your requirements.
We will be launching an online audio archive database in 2013.
The Agency archives contain data on individuals that the ICRC has collected during conflicts, such as the archives of the Central Agency for Prisoners of War.
Please contact the Agency archives if you are seeking information about a person who was held as a prisoner of war or civilian internee in connection with a conflict during the twentieth century.