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Sound Recordings 


The historical sound recordings collection includes radio reports, specially-produced programmes, interviews and other recordings from the late 1940s to 1980s. For example, the UNESCO World Review was launched in 1949 to present developments in the fields of UNESCO interest, to show concrete examples of international cooperation within these areas, and in those of other United Nations Specialized Agencies, and to make those items alive and interesting ("Weekly Radio Review to Start February 19," pg. 3).

There are an estimated 30,000 recordings in the collection. By digitizing 8000 hours, the 'Digitizing Our Shared UNESCO History' project aims to digitize most if not all the recordings in the collection.

Please note that the information you see about each sound recording (i.e., its metadata) is being presented “as is”. It has been extracted from inventories and registers that up until now have existed only on paper. In some cases, important metadata (e.g., date, etc.) may be missing. We aim to improve the quality of the metadata over the course of the project.


Digital objects will start to be available online Summer 2019.


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