The Agency’s Archives documents the history and administrative structure of the IAEA, as well as its policies and procedures; programme activities; official records of the IAEA Policy-Making Organs (Board of Governors and General Conference); and agreements relevant for the Agency’s work and treaties under IAEA auspices.
The Archives provides access to this information to staff, researchers and others interested in the IAEA’s historical records, and organizes walking tours and public presentations of its material. The IAEA maintains the Archives as part of its framework for the management and governance of authentic, reliable and useable records supporting the legal, operational, audit and fiscal responsibilities of the IAEA, for as long as they are required.
A key function of the Archives is the long-term preservation, accessibility and usability of historical records to authorized users. It also ensures the digital continuity of the Agency’s institutional memory. It manages around 10,000 linear shelf metres of records in different media. Apart from paper records, it maintains a large audio-visual collection with films, sound recordings and photographs, publications, meeting reports and architectural plans.