Archives of WHO

About us

The mission of the Records and Archives service is to manage and preserve the current and semi-active records and historical archives of the World Health Organization (WHO). It is made up of two units : Records and Archives. The semi-active records are jointly managed by the two units.


WHO records comprise correspondence, contracts, minutes, studies, travel and mission reports, etc.


The WHO Archives conserve more than 3 linear kilometres of documents which have acquired administrative, legal, historic and cultural value. They are WHO's institutional memory and trace the Organization's history.

Archives of the Regional Offices

The WHO Regional Offices also keep archives on their work. If required, the Records and Archives service at Headquarters will get in touch with them.


  • Where to look?
    Distinction between the library collections, the archives and current records.
  • Galleries
    Exhibition of the best photographs kept by the archives.
  • Library
    Link to the WHO Library and Information Networks for Knowledge.

Key WHO Information

Director-General and senior management

Governance of WHO
WHO Constitution, Executive Board and World Health Assembly

Media centre
News, events, fact sheets, multimedia and contacts

International travel and health
Publication on travel risks, precautions and vaccination requirements

World Health Report
Annual report on global public health and key statistics