The project aims to illustrate the scholarly importance of studying the history of the United Nations and international organizations in general.
It is a starting point for scholars who wish to research in UN archives or find online materials related to the UN. The website provides comprehensive guides to physical and online sources on the United Nations. It also collates many of the research guides on the United Nations that already exist. In addition, leading scholars on the UN have written about their experiences working in UN archives and discuss further research possibilities.
The website offers a set of teaching materials for UN history. There are annotated bibliographies, timelines, and featured sources on thirteen major themes of UN history. There are resources from a course taught on the global history of the UN at Harvard in spring 2011 as well as a compilation of other syllabi on UN topics.
The website helps to connect scholars and archivists. It lists scholarly networks for those working on similar topics.
We warmly welcome contributions relating to archives, scholarly networks, and syllabi in English and other UN languages.
The project was made possible by the generous support of the United Nations Foundation, and was completed in cooperation with the Harvard Asia Center and the Joint Center for History and Economics.