Information about IASA

The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) is an international non-governmental association, maintains operational relations with UNESCO, and was founded in 1969.


The association supports the professional exchange of information and fosters international co-operation between audiovisual archives in all fields, especially in the areas of:

  • acquisition and exchange
  • documentation
  • access and exploitation
  • copyright
  • conservation and preservation

IASA membership

About 380 members from almost 50 countries represent a broad palette of audiovisual archives which are distinguished by their focus on particular subjects and areas, e.g. archives of all sorts of musical recordings, historic, literary, folkloric and ethnographical sound documents, theatre productions and oral history interviews, bioacoustic, environmental and medical sounds, linguistic and dialect recordings as well as those for forensic purposes.

Information and communication

The IASA Journal is published twice a year containing special contributions, reports and reviews. News of interest to the Association is published in the Information Bulletin which appears quarterly. Members receive both publications free of charge. Back issues are available in limited numbers.

IASA maintains a website which includes links to many related sites as well as current information. Here you will also find The IASA Cataloguing Rules as an electronic publication:

IASA activities

A yearly conference gives members the opportunity to meet and exchange news and information by open presentations, workshops, round tables, exhibits and demonstrations. The venue changes from year to year and is not restricted to a particular country or continent.

Further information is available from

Secretary-General, IASA
Gunnel Jönsson
Radio Archive
Swedish Broadcasting Resources
SE-10510 Stockholm, Sweden
Phone: +46 8 784 15 35
Fax:     +46 8 784 22 85