The archives of the United Nations covers four broad areas: the Secretaries-General, Secretariat Departments, Peacekeeping Missions, and Predecessor Organizations. The archives are arranged into Series which fall under larger archival groups (or “Fonds”) that are derived from the particular office or agency that created them. The creating agency can be a United Nations department, mission, panel or body, Secretary-General, or other United Nations functional unit. You can do a keyword search (above), or click the links below to browse through the Fonds and Series. Some of our records are digitized, and if so, these items can be viewed online and/or downloaded.
Whether you are a writer or graduate student, genealogist or historian, successful use of archives depends on a carefully planned research strategy. The strategy should allow adequate time for background research, establish which collections hold relevant archives, and include a work schedule which takes into account the extent of the material to be consulted. If you would like to make an appointment to conduct on-site research, please visit our Contact page.