The ICRC archives collect and preserve ICRC documents dating from the organization's inception to the present day, and make them available for research. The ICRC's historical archives comprise 6,700 linear metres of textual records and a collection of photographs, films and other audio archives.
The public archives of the ICRC for the period 1966-1975 are open to the public since 15 June 2015. The archives cover a number of important historical events including the Nigeria-Biafra War (1967-1970), the Vietnam War (1964-1975), the military junta in Greece (1967-1974) and the coup against President Allende in Chile (1973).
Other important archives which will be made public, include ICRC work in South Africa during the period of Nelson Mandela's detention, the Cyprus conflict and the wars of independence in Mozambique and Angola.
Photo: CC BY-NC-ND / ICRC / T. Gassmann