Contacting the ICRC 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
Daniel Palmieri, historical research officer
+41 22 730 2943
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.
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)
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.
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.