Archival Collections

During 2013, members of the project’s research team located, collected and assessed a variety of archival and documentary repositories containing material relevant to the ICEM’s establishment, function and activities up to 1960. These researchers have examined documents and materials produced by the PICMME-ICEM, including statistical data, agreements between member-states, internal and external correspondence, reports and proceedings, newsletters, journals and publications, the minutes of meetings, as well as material produced by other international organizations, such as the ILO and the UNHCR, that collaborated with the ICEM.

More specifically research in person has been conducted  at:

1.              the archives of the IOM’s Headquarters in Geneva.

2.              the archives of the IOM’s local mission in Athens.

3.              the US National Archives in Washington D.C. and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt    Archive in Poughkeepsie N.Y.

4.              the National Archives of Australia in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne.

5.              the Archive of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens.

6.              the archives of the ILO and the UNHCR in Geneva.

The above-mentioned archives are described in more detail in the present catalogue.

The relevant archival material from Argentina, Brazil and Spain was itemized by Maria Damilakou, who has worked extensively on migration patterns in Latin American countries and particularly, Argentina.

The description of the material researched in the archives of Germany, Canada and New Zealand is based on the online catalogues of the archives and is therefore, shorter. It should be noted that online research has also been conducted in the national archives of Austria, Italy, Belgium, France, Israel, Luxembourg and the Netherlands without significant results.

Apart from the textual archival material, the archives of the IOM in Geneva contain photographs and films that document the ICEM’s activities. However, as mentioned in the appropriate section, these collections have not been catalogued and remain inaccessible to researchers.


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Deliverable 2.1 Archives' Catalogues