International Committee of the Red Cross

Access to the ICRC's Agency archives

Article 13 October 2014

The ICRC's Agency archives contain data on individuals that the ICRC and its tracing agencies have collected during conflict, starting in 1870.

The data was all collected as part of the ICRC's efforts to restore family links and to protect prisoners of war, civilian internees and victims of war. The archives take the form of card files, lists, individual files and general documents.

Documents in these archives become available to the public after 70 years, under certain conditions.

See also:  Rules governing access to the archives of the International Committee of the Red Cross