- 1952 - 1999 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
Name of creator
The NATO Information Service published its first handbook on January 1st, 1952, published both in English and in French. The handbooks were updated and new versions were published every one to three years.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The Handbook Series contains NATO’s official reference publications, which are used to describe the history, goals and functions of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
The handbooks are organized chronologically, starting in 1952 with the first publications and extending into the present.
Conditions of access and use area
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.
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
All handbooks are available in French and English versions.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Paper versions of these publications exist at PDD and the NATO Archives.