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Kostelecký, Václav
Kost/Pp329-335/1- · Sub-Fonds · 1946-2007
Part of Private Archives

The collection primarily contains items concerning Mr. Kostelecký's career with the United Nations, namely his activities with the United Nations Appeal for Children (UNAC) and his work with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), including his work on as a consultant on the official history of UNECE: “Three Decades of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe” (E/ECE/962).

There is also correspondence between Kostelecký and Myrdal about the ECE history project, including the preparatory work for Kostelecky's book “The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe: The Beginning of a History”. This material includes records of interviews with figures prominent in the UNECE, including Gunnar Myrdal, Walt Rostow, and Evgeny Chossudovsky, among others.

The collection also contains correspondence with the Kostelecký and Myrdal families and the Swedish Labour Movement Library and Archives about donations of Kostelecký and Myrdal's Papers, as well as Kostelecky’s publications and several books from his personal library.

There are numerous photos, four framed portaits, and several film negatives in the collection, including portraits of Kostelecky and other United Nations staff members, as well as more personal photos of the Kostelecky and Myrdal families. Primarily, however, there are photos relating to the work of the UNECE. In total, there are over 300 photographs in the collection.

Kostelecky, Vaclav
PoCCol/IPB/Cit · Sub-sub-series
Part of Collections

The Archives of the International Peace Bureau with its 32 linear meters of records is one of the oldest holdings of the League of Nations Archives. It consists of records of the former Registy of the Bureau covering the years 1891 to 1951.

From 1891 to 1914, Elie Ducommun was acting as Secretary-Gneral of the IPB. He was followed by Henri Golay, who stayed until 1951 in this position. Under their administration, the Registry, a collection of Documents, Books and Brochures and a small Library was set up. Due to this situation, the IPB Archives clearly shows two parts: the papers covering the pre-war period until 1914 and the second part containing all the assembled records covering the period 1914-1951.

In 1994, the League of Nations Archives was able to start a project set up in cooperation with the Swiss authorities in the field of preservation of the League of Nations Archives. The project would concentrate on preservation and indexing measures for the Archives of the International Peace Bureau. A four-year plan was set up. During the first year, physical preservation measures of the entire holding would be concluded by Mr. Rubens Bassotto and Mr. Philip Barras. While the papers were freed from all metal, the individual dossiers were transferred into new non-acid folders and the folders into new boxes. At the same time all photos, postcards and posters were removed from the files and integrated either in the IPB photo and poster collection or in a separate postcard collection.

The original postcards are stored with the Postcard Collection of the League of Nations Archives.