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Contacting the ICRC archives


Address, telephone numbers, email address, opening hours, research procedures.

Public archives (1863 – 1965)

Most archive documents are in French.

If you wish to consult the ICRC's historical archives, please contact Fabrizio Bensi in advance (by e-mail, telephone or post) to make an appointment. When you arrive at ICRC Headquarters, please report to the reception desk, which will contact the archives personnel.

You can use digital cameras and laptops in the ICRC archives reading room as long as you don’t disturb other readers. Scanners are forbidden.


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.

We will be launching an online film archive database in 2013.


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.

You will receive your audio documents either via FTP or on a data storage medium (CD-ROM, etc.), depending on your requirements.

We will be launching an online audio archive database in 2013.



Agency archives

The Agency archives contain information collected by the ICRC about individuals during its humanitarian work in armed conflicts.

If you are seeking information about a person who was held as a prisoner of war or a civilian internee in connection with a conflict in the twentieth century, the ICRC may be able to assist you, subject to certain conditions.

We accept requests submitted by the person directly concerned, those linked to administrative procedures or a compensation claim, and those connected with the search for a natural father or grandfather. We do not accept any other types of request. More information.

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