International Council on Archives

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The International Council on Archives (ICA; in French: Conseil international des archives) is an international non-governmental organization which exists to promote international cooperation in archiving. It was set up in 1948, with Charles Samaran, the then director of the Archives de France, as chairman, and membership is open to national and international organisations, professional groups and individuals. In 2009 it grouped together over 1,400 institutional members in 190 countries. Its mission is to promote the conservation, development and use of the world's archives.

ICA is part of the International Committee of the Blue Shield (ICBS), which works to protect the world's cultural heritage threatened by wars and natural disasters, and whose Director General is currently[when?] the Frenchman Julien Anfruns from the International Council of Museums (ICOM).


It is organised in several regional sections with varying levels of activity, such as the European section, EURBICA.

It is based in the Marais quarter of the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, rue des Francs-Bourgeois, in the premises of the French national archives.


It publishes a review Comma, which appears once or twice a year and includes material in United Nations languages as well as German.[1]

It also hosts the annual meetings of CITRA, the International Conference of the Round Table on Archives, which brings together heads of national archival institutions, presidents of national professional associations and the ICA sections and committees. The 2009 CITRA will take place in Malta from 17 to 21 November.[citation needed]


See also: ISAD(G)

In 1993, the International Council on Archives approved the first draft of ISAD(G) (General International Standard Archival Description), intended to be a standard for elements that should be included in a finding aid register for archival documents produced by corporations, persons and families.

A revised version, known as ISAD(G)2, was issued in 2000.

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