The idea for an International Institute of Intellectual Cooperation, established with the aid of the French government and located in Paris, was first proposed in 1924. It was to provide a permanent secretariat for the League of Nations' International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation, which aimed to promote international cultural/intellectual exchange between scientists, researchers, teachers, artists and other intellectuals. In 1946, UNESCO inherited all property of the IICI including its archives. Visit the UNESCO Archives AtoM Catalogue to learn more about the IICI.
The 'Digitizing Our Shared UNESCO History' project is digitizing 770,000 pages, or approximately 115 linear metres, of archives of the IICI.
This project has received generous support from the People of Japan