Contacting the ICRC archives

03 January 2017
  • General archives

The general public archives cover the history of the Institution since its foundation in 1863 until 1975. They contain general files as opposed to the "Agency archives" which contain individual data. If you wish to consult the ICRC's historical archives, the public reading room is open, by appointment with Fabrizio Bensi, from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Most archive documents are in French. Digital cameras and laptops are allowed in the reading room, scanners are forbidden.

Fabrizio Bensi, archivist
+ 41 22 730 2966
fbensi@icrc.org

Daniel Palmieri, historical research officer
+41 22 730 2943
dpalmieri@icrc.org

General contact
publicarchives@icrc.org

  • Agency archives

The Agency archives contain data about individuals that has been collected by the ICRC in the course of its humanitarian work in armed conflicts and other situations of violence.

  1. First World War: visit the ICRC's digital archives on individuals from the First World War.
  2. Spanish Civil War and Second World War : more information on how to seek informations about a person - military or civilian - detained during the Spanish Civil War or the Second World War
  3. Current armed conflicts and other situations of violence : to trace people caught up in current conflicts and other situations of violence, visit the Restoring Family Links website.
  • Film archives

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.

Marina Meier, film archivist
+41 22 730 2808 (except Fridays)
filmarchives@icrc.org

Visit our audiovisual archives portal

  • Photo library and archives

The photo library and archives covers ICRC activities in conflicts throughout the world from the 1850s to the present day.

We have over 800,000 images, with 120,000 available to the public in digital format. The collection increases following ICRC activities in the world.

photolibrary@icrc.org

Visit our audiovisual archives portal

  •  Audio archives

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. Audio documents are shared either via FTP or on a data storage medium (CD-ROM, etc.), depending on the requirements.

Florence Zurcher, audio archivist
+41 22 730 2358
audioarchives@icrc.org

 Visit our audiovisual archives portal

 

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