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ICRC archives

First World War. Rath Museum, Geneva. International Prisoners-of-War Agency, tracing service.

The ICRC archives collect and preserve ICRC documents dating from the organization's inception to the present day, and make them available for research. The ICRC's historical archives comprise 6,700 linear metres of textual records and a collection of  photographs, films and other audio archives.


On 8 August 1864, 150 years ago, a diplomatic conference opened in Geneva initiated by the future International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and organized by the Federal Council. Discussions concluded on 22 August 1864 with the signing of the First Geneva Convention, for the improvement of conditions for soldiers  wounded in the field. Switzerland was one of the twelve countries who signed the convention.

To mark the 150th anniversary of the First Geneva Convention, the Swiss National Library, in collaboration with the ICRC library, has digitized many original images and recordings. These are presented on the websites of the Swiss National Library and the ICRC and you can use them in your work.

For further information, please contact:
Beat Scherrer, Swiss National Library, tél. 058 46 50382, beat.scherrer@nb.admin.ch
David-Pierre Marquet, ICRC, Tel. 022 730 22 21, damarquet@icrc.org