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Section Files

"Section files" represent files of certain Sections of the Secretariat of the League of Nations which were kept in parallel with those of the Registry. Within the Nansen fonds these include one file from the Political Section (1930), files of the Evian intergovernmental conference (1938-39), and archives of the Delegation in Greece (1924-1941).

Sections of the Secretariat of the League of Nations
S542/1 · Series · 1930.03-1930.11
Part of League of Nations Refugees Mixed Archival Group (Nansen Fonds)

The reorganisation of the refugee work was initiated following the decisions taken during the 10th Assembly to wind up the refugee organisation within 10 years. The file contains discussions, comments made by Messrs. T. Lodge, I. Kerno, Avenol, Walters on the operation and financial arrangements and the transfer of refugee operations to the League of Nations through the creation of a "International Refugees Office". It also proposed to creat an Executive Council or Committee to oversee the liquidation. It mentioned the nomination of a new High Commissioner following the death of F. Nansen. There was correspondence with other officials of the League, with individual who looked for openings in the new organisation and with an NGO called the "American Society for Relief of Russian Exiles, Inc.", "Joint Foreign Committee of the Jewish Board of Deputies and the Anglo-Jewish Association". It also contains the inputs to the draft report of the Secretary-Genera on the future organisation of refugee work and a League document A.34.1930.XIII dated 5 September 1930 on "Russian, Armenian, Assyrian, Assyro-Chaldrean and the Turkish Refugees - Report by the Inter-Governmental Advisory Commission attached to the High Commissioner for Refugees".

League of Nations Political Section file (Mr. Kerno)
Prisoners of War
42 (Reg. 19-27) · Sub-series · 1920-1924
Part of League of Nations Refugees Mixed Archival Group (Nansen Fonds)

Files in this sub-series reflect the activities of F. Nansen as High Commissioner for Prisoners of War (later High Commissioner for Russian Refugees), of the League of Nations and of the International Committee of the Red Cross on the repatriation of prisoners of war of various nationalities mainly from Russia after the World War I.
This sub-series contains official League of Nations documents, administrative, financial, and other documentation, correspondence, printed documents of external origin (newsletters), some photographs.