Digitisation of Audiovisual Archives

 

 

Search Guide

Audio Recordings
The Information Life Cycle Division is in the process of digitising the audio archives and making them available to the public online. The first archives available are audio recordings produced in 1949 and 1950, such as speeches by the Founding Fathers of the Council of Europe.

Videos
The media are asked to send their requests for audiovisual recordings to the Communications Directorate at pressunit@coe.int
Staff of the Council of Europe should contact the Archives Helpdesk to obtain audiovisual material.

Collection Description

IDENTITY STATEMENT

Reference code: FrSbCOE

Title: Audiovisual Archives of the Council of Europe

Creation Date: 1949 –

Description Level: Collection

Extent: over 10,000 hours of original recordings:

  • Audio recordings: 3,800 lacquer discs, 100 vinyl discs, 2,800 tapes, 700 audio cassettes, 4,000 CDs
  • Video recordings: 5,500 Betas, 200 films (video-Betacam SP, Digital Betacam, DVcam, MPEG2, DVD, XDcam, Windows media).

Location: Council of Europe
 

CONTEXT

Name of Creator: Council of Europe

Administrative History
The collection known as the "Audiovisual Archives" was created in 2007 when the Directorate of Information Technology took charge of the audiovisual archives. The audio recordings, videos and films were then moved from the Directorate of Communications, where they had been produced, to Central Archives. Archival photos remained under the responsibility of the department having produced them.
 

CONTENT

The collection covers Council of Europe activities from 1949 to the present. It comprises:

  • audio recordings of the speeches made during all sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, as well as speeches made during some sessions of the European Parliament
  • recordings of press conferences and radio broadcasts
  • interviews with leading figures from contemporary history.

 

 ACCESS

The media are asked to send their requests for audiovisual recordings to the Communications Directorate at pressunit@coe.int.

Staff of the Council of Europe should contact the Archives Helpdesk to obtain audiovisual material.

The Information Life Cycle Division is in the process of digitising all audio recordings to make them available to the public online.
 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The files are arranged chronologically. A major programme is underway to re-organise, digitise and ensure the correct preservation of all audiovisual material.
 

DESCRIPTION

Date of description: Compiled on 28/08/2008, updated on 19 January 2016.