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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, London office (UNHCR), Audio Visual collection

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 2381 C182665
Held at: University of East London
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Full title: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, London office (UNHCR), Audio Visual collection
Date(s): 1968-2005
Level of description: collection
Extent: 37 boxes and 18 shelves of videos
Name of creator(s): UNHCR | United Nations High Commission for Refugees x United Nations High Commission for Refugees


Administrative/Biographical history:

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was founded in 1950, the successor to the earlier United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. The UNHCR is an impartial humanitarian organisation mandated by the United Nations to lead and co-ordinate international action for the world-wide protection of refugees and the resolution of refugee problems. Based in Switzerland, UNHCR has two basic and closely related aims: to protect refugees and to seek ways to help them restart their lives in a normal environment. In the UK the UNHCR's London office offers both legal and information services.


Scope and content/abstract:

Audio-visual collections of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), London, 1968-2005, comprising photographs, slides, videos, DVDs, CD-ROMs and audio tapes. Includes UNHCR audio visual presentations, 1981-1983; audio tapes of UNHCR seminars, radio broadcasts and recorded interviews relating to refugee and migration issues, 1981-2002; CD-ROMs, 1996-2001, including information on UNHCR, statements by the High Commissioner; Executive Committee papers; fundraising reports, evaluation and policy analysis and statistics. Educational packs on refugees produced by the UNHCR for schools, 1981-1983, comprising pamphlets, slides and audio tapes. VHS videos and DVDs, 1980-2005, chiefly produced by the UNHCR, on topics including the lives of refugees, conditions in war torn countries, appeal videos, the work of the UNHCR, environmental problems in and around refugee camps; music videos, child refugees, educational videos, asylum seekers in the UK, women refugees and training videos for UNHCR staff.

The UNHCR Photograph and Slide Library comprises slides and photographs produced by UNHCR, including of refugees in the Horn of Africa, 1980-2000; East Africa, 1980-1999; the African Great Lakes region, 1984-1997; West Africa, 1981-1999; Southern Africa, 1968-1994; North Africa, 1990-1998; Central Africa, 1981-1998; Nepal, 1992-1995; South East Asia, 1979-1999; Croatia, 1992; Macedonia, 1999, Albania, 1999; Azerbaijan, 1993-1994; the former Yugoslavia, 1991-1999; the former Soviet Union, 1986-2001; Central America, 1982-1997; Europe and the USA, 1961-1996; Afghan refugees in Iran, Europe and Pakistan, 1979-2002; Indochinese refugees in South East Asia, 1984-1993; Iranian, Iraqi and Kurdish refugees; Bosnian refugees in Yugoslavia, Slovenia and Croatia, 1992-1998; Chechen and Georgian refugees in the Russian Federation, 1996-2000; refugees from Tajikistan, 1995; Kosovar refugees, 1991-1999; UNHRC photo series of refugees in Africa, 1970; elderly refugees in Cambodia, 1982; child refugees in Senegal; women refugees, 1988-2002 and photographs used for UNHCR campaigns and events including the International Year of Shelter for the Homeless, 1987; UNHCR fiftieth anniversary, 2000 and a UK poster campaign.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order

Conditions governing access:


Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to copyright and the condition of the original, may be supplied. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the archivist.

Finding aids:

Box lists are available, enquire for details.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from UNHRC, London office, May 2005.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Apr 2008

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