UN History Projects

Guide to archives of international organizations
This Guide to the archives of intergovernmental organizations is a joint project between UNESCO and the International Council on Archives, Section of Archivists of International Organizations (ICA/SIO).

UNESCO History Project
The UNESCO History Project was launched by UNESCO’s Director-General in conjunction with the Organization’s 60th anniversary in 2005. The objective is to encourage research on the history of the Organization, in particular on its ideas and the set of values UNESCO has worked for since its creation in 1945.

United Nations History Project
The United Nations History Project aims to illustrate the scholarly importance of studying the history of the United Nations and international organizations in general. It offers a set of teaching materials for UN history, including annotated bibliographies, timelines, and featured sources on thirteen major themes of UN history. There are resources from a course taught on the global history of the UN at Harvard in spring 2011 as well as a compilation of other syllabi on UN topics.

United Nations Intellectual History Project
The United Nations Intellectual History Project (UNIHP) began operations in mid-1999 when the secretariat was established at the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies of The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. The project, which finished in 2010, had two main components: a series of books on specific topics and oral histories.

United Nations Oral History Collection

The United Nations Oral History collection is comprised of close to 200 interviews conducted over the course of 25 years. Covering many major events since the Organization's founding, the collection sheds light on the rich history of the United Nations. Select interview transcripts and audio files are available online for streaming and downloading through the United Nations Oral History website.

WHO Oral History Project
The autonomous Association of Former WHO Staff Members launched the WHO Oral History Project in 2005 to record the narrative memories of distinguished former WHO staff. The objective is to add information and insight to the collective memory of WHO by providing a unique, primary historical information resource for researchers.