Archives of the International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation, 1925-1946
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The International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation (1925-1946) was created as an agency of the League of Nations by the French Government. The Institute worked on a wide range of intellectual questions, such as university collaboration, textbooks and the teaching of history and geography, libraries and museums, translations and the use of new media (radio and moving pictures) with the overall idea of promoting a peaceful, international spirit.
The archives of the Institute consist of 115 linear meters of files, documents and publications, which are in the custody of the UNESCO Archives and are kept at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris. They reflect the activities of the Institute and the involvement of personalities and intellectuals from different parts of the world, including Rabindranath Tagore, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Miguel de Unamuno, Henri Bergson, Thomas Mann and Gabriela Mistral. These archives provide unique evidence on the hopes, dreams and practical actions of the interwar international intellectual community. They are nominated for the Memory of the World Register because of their universal significance, documenting successes and failures of a minor utopia. Knowledge of these archives will promote deeper understanding of international intellectual cooperation and of the interwar activities that anticipated the creation of UNESCO.