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International Council on Archives

The International Council on Archives (ICA; in French: Conseil international des archives) is an 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 the Frenchman Julien Anfruns from the International Council of Museums (ICOM).


  • Organization 1
  • Activities 2
    • ISAD(G) 2.1
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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.


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.

See also


  1. ^ "ICArchives : Comma : International Journal on Archives". Retrieved 2 April 2011. 

External links

  • ICA website
  • European Branch website
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