Souvenir programme : victory celebrations (signing of peace), Sydney, New South Wales, July 19th, 1919 Government Printer [Sydney 1919]
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Primary Source Media
In Search Guides, select League of Nations Documents and Serial Publications, 1919-1946 before entering your search terms
United Nations Library and Archives from the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)
The LONSEA database, created by historians at Heidelberg University, illustrates the networking activities of the various connections of international organisations. It is based on source material collected by the League of Nations.
The Internet Archive has digitised articles and other historical items from the world’s libraries.
League of Nations publications are still of interest to researchers and students, as a primary source for history of the period, e.g. for international economic developments of the period 1920-1945.
Australia was a member of the League and held two mandates (for trust territories of Nauru and New Guinea) under the League.
What does the library hold?
The Library’s collection of League of Nations publications includes:
- official papers that were distributed to members of the League
- sales publications that were of interest to the public
- archival records of individuals, institutions, and governments e.g. the personnel files of League employees
Because it was a member of the League, Australia received two sets of the League’s publications. The National Library has more than one set of some of the serial titles and two sets of the Documents, which are reports presented to the Council or Assembly. The two sets are separately filed by sales number and Assembly or Council documents number (the official number). Use the following finding aids to locate them:
- official number
- sales number
- Assembly or Council document (e.g. Suplement number of the Official Journal)
Print finding aids
- League of Nations documents, 1919-1946; a descriptive guide and key to the microfilm collection. Edited by Edward A. Reno, Jr (1973-75). Note that The National Library does not hold the microfilm collection, only print copies. In the Main Reading Room Reference Collection, RFq 341.22016 R418
- Guide to League of Nations publications; a bibliographical survey of the work of the League, 1920-1947 by Hans Aufricht (1951). This includes an introduction to the League’s complex documentation system and lists Assembly and Council meeting records.
- Consolidated catalog of League of Nations publications offered for sale by Mary Eva Birchfield (1976)
- Catalogue of selected publications on economic and financial subjects, a guide to the documents of value in connection with the formulation of postwar economic policies (1943) lists documents of permanent interest in the area of finance
- A repertoire of League of Nations serial documents, 1919-1947 by Victor Yves & Catherine Ghebali (1973) includes information on limited and classified documents.
Series and Serial Publications in the National Library’s collections
- Armaments Year-book : General and Statistical Information. 1924-1939/40.
- Bulletin mensuel de statistique/Societe des nations = Monthly Bulletin of Statistics
- I.L.O. Yearbook (International Labour Organisation) 1920-1946.
- League of Nations Papers [for Council and Assembly documents].
- League of Nations Publications. 1, General.
- League of Nations Publications. 2, Economic and Financial.
- League of Nations Publications. 3, Health.
- League of Nations Publications. 4, Social.
- League of Nations Publications. 5, Legal.
- League of Nations Publications. 6A, Mandates.
- League of Nations Publications. 6B, Slavery.
- League of Nations Publications. 7, Political.
- League of Nations Publications. 8, Transit.
- League of Nations Publications. 9, Disarmament.
- League of Nations Publications. 10, Financial and Administrative.
- League of Nations Publications. 11, Opium and Other Dangerous Drugs
- League of Nations Publications. 12A, Intellectual Cooperation.
- League of Nations Publications. 12B, International Bureaux.
- League of Nations Publications. 13, Refugees.
- Official Journal. 1920-1940.
- Official journal. Special supplement 1920.
- Publications of the Permanent Court of International Justice. Series A.
- Publications of the Permanent Court of International Justice. Series B.
- Publications of the Permanent Court of International Justice. Series A/B.
- Publications of the Permanent Court of International Justice. Series C.
- Publications of the Permanent Court of International Justice. Series D.
- Publications of the Permanent Court of International Justice. Series E.
- Records of the … Assembly. Meetings of the Committees. 1922-1925.
- Records of the … Assembly. Plenary Meetings. 1920-1925
- Records of the ... Ordinary Session of the Assembly. Meetings of the Committees. 1926-1938.
- Societe des nations = Der Volkerbund = The League of Nations. 1919-1940.
- Treaty Series. 1920-1946
Portrait of Stanley Melbourne Bruce [picture]
Australian Department of Information
Stanley Melbourne Bruce (1883-1967) represented Australia at the League of Nations from 1932 to 1939, with a seat on the Council from 1933 to 1936. He was President of the League of Nations Council in 1936.
More information about Bruce and the League of Nations is found at Australia's PMs from the National Archives of Australia.
Search Trove newspapers for contemporary reports such as The First Time Australian President: The League Council from the Launceston Examiner, 20 February, 1936
The National Library of Australia holds several manuscript items for Bruce however not all are relevant to the League of Nations. They include newspaper clippings and a circular, 1921-1939