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From the period 1920-1938, an archive of 85 shelf meters in total has been preserved. The archive reflects the work of the refugee office and contains material at an individual level about prisoners of war, Russian refugees, Asian refugees, famine in Russia, etc. The archive has to a very small extent been subject to scientific investigations. It is in a critical physical condition, which in year 2000 led to a Norwegian initiative for the conservation of the archive through microfilming and digitalization. Together with the foundation Fritt Ord (the Freedom of Expression Foundation), the Director General of the National Archival Services of Norway has in collaboration with the UN library in Geneva made sure that the archive’s information content now is transferred to microfilm. The intention of the project is in turn to digitalize the microfilms and thus make the material available for research.

The document of the month for November 2011 will be devoted to this archive and the efforts that have been made to preserve it. The Nansen Archive in Geneva will also be further discussed in an article.

Utdeling av tran i Odessa, PA 750 Quisling, Vidkun Gk 1_2 glassplate 1, skannet i Riksarkivet. Originalen finnes i arkivet etter Maria Quisling i Nasjonalbiblioteket.

Handing out of cod liver oil in Odessa, PA 750 Quisling, Vidkun Gk 1_2 glassplate 1, scanned in the National Archives. The original is found in the archive after Maria Quisling in the National Library.