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The Archives Holdings

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UNHCR's archives contain information from the founding of the organisation in 1951 to the present day. They also hold several pre-UNHCR collections, which provide valuable background to the development of protection work.

The archives are organized into "fonds", which are groups of records from a single office or a donation of records from outside UNHCR. The list of fonds is constantly expanding, as records are received from field offices and headquarters. There are three main fonds, known as the Headquarter Fonds, the Field Fonds and the External Fonds.

The UNHCR Archives Access Policy opens research files that are more than 20 years old. Before research is possible, UNHCR must review each file to ensure there is no risk of releasing personal information related to refugees or to other persons of concern to UNHCR.




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