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International Council on Archives(ICA)

60, rue des Francs-Bourgeois

75003 Paris, France

Tel: +33 0 1 40 27 63 06

Fax: +33 0 1 42 72 20 65

Email: 100640@compuserve.com

Website: http://www.archives.ca/ICA/

The ICA is the professional organisation for the world archival community, dedicated to the preservation, development and use of the world’s archival heritage.  The International Council on Archives brings together national archival institutions, professional associations of archivists, regional, local and other archival facilities and individual archivists.  The ICA has more than 1,450 members in 170 countries and territories. It is a non-governmental organization, and it works in close co-operation with inter-governmental organizations like UNESCO and the Council of Europe.  It also maintains close links with other non-governmental organizations.

ICA’s wide-ranging international activities include

a general programme of publications and conferences

a development programme, promoting co-operation within and between regional branches

a European programme promoting archival co-operation in Europe

a professional programme carried out by the sections and committees

a series of special projects, many in conjunction with UNESCO and other international organizations.

The ICA has a full-time Secretariat of five people, based in the Paris headquarters, which undertakes the general administration of the organization.  The professional output of the ICA comes from its network of members and contacts throughout the world who give their time and their professional expertise on a voluntary basis.  The ICA publishes a number of valuable works including Janus, Archivum and the ICA Bulletin as well as proceedings of various conferences and a regularly updated ICA Directory.  The ICA includes regional branches, sections, committees and project groups involved with a range of records and archives issues.  These various groups are listed below.

The International Council on Archives is the professional, international, nongovernmental organisation representing the interests of archives and archivists world wide.  Is aims are to promote the preservation, development and use of the world’s archival heritage.  The ICA brings together national archive administrations, professional associations of archivists, regional, local and other archives and individual archivists.

Regional Branches

ALA: Asociacion latinoamericana de archivos

ARBICA: Arab Regional Branch

CARBICA: Caribbean Regional Branch

CENARBICA: Regional Branch for Central Africa

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