Information Section, 1919-1946 (Sub-Fonds)

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Information on identification

Title:Information Section
Creation date(s):1919 - 1946

Information on extent

Archival Material Types:Paper File(s) / Document(s)
Extent:103 boxes

Information on context

Administration history:The Information Section represented the Press Office of the Secretariat.

The Covenant of the League of Nations stipulated that all matters brought before the Assembly, the Council and other bodies of the League of Nations were to be made available to the public whenever possible.

The Information Section provided journalists, press representatives, special correspondents and other interested parties, with information on the work of the League of Nations. It was also responsible for collecting and supplying information to the Secretariat and was, thus, allowed to send information missions outside.

The Information Section published press releases, reports and specific articles, collected from the League of Nations' monthly "Official Journal". It also published the annual reports of the Secretary-General, the registered Treaties, as well as the periodicals, monographs and other documents (pamphlets, films etc.) of the various Sections of the Secretariat, when these documents had to be circulated outside. However, not all documents intended for the public or the press were prepared by the Information Section. Its primary task was preparing documents about general questions or advertising concerning the League of Nations' activities, and was helped in the publication of these documents by the Publications and Reproduction of Documents Service.

The Information Section also prepared the work for the League of Nations' radio, called "Radio-Nations", that started its bi-weekly broadcasts in 1932.

External offices (in London, Paris, Tokyo, Bombay, New Delhi, Roma, Berlin etc.) were more or less directly dependent on the Information Section, but their archives are considered as external fonds.

In 1934, the Information Section was merged into the Political Section headed by
J. Nogueira. Although this Section officially disappeared in 1940 its activities were carried on by Department I.

Information on related materials

Related material:For this Section, see also:

- the Section files of Latin America, the Political Section and the Publications and Reproduction of Documents Service;

- the External Fonds such as the Berlin Office and the London Office;

- the Private Fonds, such as the Fonds of the International Union of League of Nations Associations;

- the Collections of "Publications and documents" of the League of Nations, as well as audio-visual documents;

- and outside Geneva, see files of the Information Section of the League of Nations Office in London (Public Record Office, London), as well as some audiovisual files at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Related units of description

Related units of description:see also:
Pel/Pp191-207/1-44 Pelt, Adrianus, 1920-1970 (Sub-Fonds)


End of term of protection:12/31/1986
Permission required:None
Physical Usability:Without limits

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