- 2003 - ? (Creation)
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The NATO Information Service was established by Council resolution on May 18, 1950, in order “to promote and coordinate public information in furtherance of the objectives of the Treaty, while leaving responsibility for national programmes to each country.” The Information Service first operated from London to provide public relations services for NATO and the newly formed international staff. In 1957, the Information Service was put under the Political Affairs Division, where it remained until 1990, when it split off to become the Office of Information and Press. The Information Service was renamed and restructured as the Public Diplomacy Division (PDD) in March 31st, 2003.
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Scope and content
The PDD Series contains NATO’s official publications from the organisation’s founding until the present.
The largest section of the Series includes regularly updated and published Handbooks, which were used to describe the history, goals and functions of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The Fonds also includes speeches, articles, documents, brochures, pamphlets and informational guides that were collected and published by PDD.
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System of arrangement
The Series is organized into 2 Sub-series:
• Reference Publications
• Non-Periodical Publications
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Conditions governing access
All content taken from NATO and republished must be clearly credited or sourced to NATO. For material that was not produced by NATO’s own information service (the Information Division, the Office of Information and Press, etc) or that contains copyrighted material from third parties, requests must be addressed directly to the originator.
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Language and script notes
There are 204 English documents, 152 French and 12 bilingual (ENG-FRE) and 1 Trilingual (ENG-FRE-RUS) documents in the Series.
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Related units of description
Paper versions of these publications exist at PDD and the NATO Archives.