ICRC Archives

The ICRC’s archives team collects and preserves ICRC documents that date from the organization’s inception to the present day and makes 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.

War 1939-1945. Central Prisoners of War Agency.

Historical archives

General Public Archives (1863–1975): Research tools

Part of the inventories covering the ICRC’s public archival series is available for information on this website in PDF format (see above). However, we advise users to search through the Archives Portal Europe, which offers more exhaustive research functionality. 

For information about the archives available to the general public – including questions about their content, working procedures and the reading room – please contact publicarchives@icrc.org.

Archive of press releases