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League of Nations Photo Archive Toolbar: Intro


Although the League of Nations ceased to exist in 1946, its archives and historical collections survive as invaluable resources for historical research. In 1957, the Archives of the League of Nations was created. The Archives includes official records as well as portraits, paintings, caricatures, original artworks and unique objects d'art. In June 2000 Robert Goehlert led a research team to the League of Nations Archives, which included Jian Liu and Kris Bell, to start a digital library project dedicated to digitizing one of the League of Nations Archivesí photograph collections. In the summer of 2001, Bob and Jian returned to Geneva to continue work on the project. This time they were accompanied by Fenton Martin, Kenneth Steuer and Sarah Hammill. The League of Nations Overview of Photo Collections includes photos of: Personalities, Assemblies, Councils, Delegations, Commissions, Conferences, the Secretariat, the Permanent Court of International Justice, the Bureau International du Travail, and miscellaneous photos. The originals of the photos are held with the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) Library, League of Nations Archives Sub-Unit and are its property.  Any other use of the photos on this website, including but not limited to commercial or scholarly reproductions, redistribution, publication or transmission, whether by electronic means or otherwise, without prior written permission and authorization from the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) Library is strictly prohibited. Any research requests or comments should be sent directly to the Archivist, Blandine Blukacz-Louisfert, Chief, UNOG Registry, Records and Archives Unit, United Nations. 

In addition to the League of Nations Photo Collection, we have included a digital copy of The Illustrated Album of the League of Nations, which includes a very concise overview of the League plus other photos and diagrams.  The League of Nations: A Pictorial Survey also includes numerous photos.  Another useful book is The Aims, Methods and Activity of the League of Nations, published by the Secretariat in 1935. It provides a basic introduction designed for the general public about the origins, organization and achievements of the League.  

The League of Nations was an international organization created after the First World War. The Covenant establishing the League was part of the Treaty of Versailles. The aims of the League were to promote international co-operation and to achieve international peace and security. The League of Nations was an association of states which had pledged themselves, through signing the Covenant not to go to war before submitting their disputes with each other, or states not members of the League, to arbitration or enquiry. The League of Nations formally came into existence on January 10, 1920. The two official languages of the League were English and French. The headquarters of the League was Geneva, Switzerland. The organization of the League of Nations included the Council, the Assembly and the Secretariat. Autonomous but closely connected to the League of Nations were the Permanent Court of International Justice and the International Labour Organization. The League also established subsidiary bodies to promote co-operation on economic, social, health, and intellectual matters.  Over time the organization of the League changes.  We have included two organizational charts, one from 1931 and one from The League of Nations:  A Pictorial Survey.


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Blandine Blukacz-Louisfert, Chief, UNOG Registry, Records and Archives Unit, United Nations