UN Archives Geneva Archival Material Usage Guidelines


The United Nations provides access to archival material for non-commercial, personal, or research use only.


The United Nations holds the copyright for all archival materials produced by the Organization and the League of Nations. However, the United Nations generally does not own rights to secondary or external material in its collections and cannot give or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute these materials. It is the patron’s obligation to determine and satisfy copyright and / or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the United Nations Archives Geneva’s collections.


Prior written permission is required to reproduce United Nations Archives Geneva archival material in print or electronic format, including CDs, DVDs, websites, videos, exhibits, etc. Such permissions are granted as a one-time non-exclusive basis and may be renewed.

Written permission is not required for the reproduction of archival material for Fair Use. Fair Use applies solely to scholarly, academic, non-profit, or journalistic use of properly credited United Nations Archives Geneva archival material.


All United Nations Archives Geneva archival material, whether used in print, electronic or online format, must be credited as follows: United Nations Archives at Geneva.


Low resolution images (PDFs) can be downloaded directly from the UN Archives Geneva Platform free of charge for non-commercial use.

Fees apply when more than four images of archival material are used in commercially published monographs, including textbooks, as well as online pieces, film videos. The fee is minimum of 390 USD per half day of research and selection of archival documents (including high resolution material online delivery).

For more information, please contact us through the Ask an Archivist button at the bottom of the page.