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  • History and chronology of the League of Nations.
  • An organization which "monitors policy making at the United Nations,promotes accountability of global decisions, educates and mobilizes for global citizen participation, and advocates on vital issues of international peace and justice."
  • "Northwestern University Library's digital collection "League of Nations Statistical and Disarmament Documents" contains the full text of 260 League of Nations documents. The League existed from 1919 to 1946. Although Russia and the United States refused to join, its members included countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and North and South America.
  • "Although the League of Nations ceased to exist in 1946, its archives and historical collections survive as invaluable resources for historical research. In 1957, the Archives of the League of Nations was created. The Archives includes official records as well as portraits, paintings, caricatures, original artworks and unique objects d'art." Along with the Photo Archive, this collection includes "a digital copy of The Illustrated Album of the League of Nations, which includes a very concise overview of the League plus other photos and diagrams.
  • Site available in English, French, Russian, and Spanish versions. Keyword searching can retrieve information in textual as well as multimedia formats and can include official documents as well as unofficial informational material.
  • Quarterly publication of the United NAtions Department of Public Information. From 1997 to the present.
  • United Nations news reports, udated daily. Searchable from April 2001.
  • The site for this non-profit, non-partisan organization features facts sheets about the U.N., educational resources, news alerts and related resources.
  • Provides basic research tools for deciphering document symbols, codes, numbering systems, and indices to UN documents.
  • "Created in 1947 by the United Nations Participation Act, the Missions purpose is to assist the President and the Department of State in conducting United States policy at the United Nations."

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