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International Olympic Committee Archives

Page history last edited by Paul Keenan 10 years, 6 months ago

Date of tip :  March 12, 2006

Source: Heather Dichter, heather.dichter@utoronto.ca


Location: Château de Vidy, 1007 Lausanne, Switzerland  (along Quai d’Ouchy)


How to get there: The IOC Museum is on every Lausanne city/tourism map, but it is right along the lake, just east of the Ouchy, at the southern edge of the city.


Language: English and French (the official languages of the IOC)


Getting started: You absolutely need to contact the archives prior to your visit.  You can either contact Marie-Hélène Geux at marie_helene.guex@olympic.org or the general contact address on the website.  Regardless of how much you tell them in advance, they will still sit down with you (at your appointment) on the day you arrive before you can get started.  


Opening Hours:  9:00 a.m. – noon, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  However, if you have materials already from the morning, they might let you go back to work before the two-hour lunch break is over.


General working conditions: They are pretty quick with getting your files and leaving them on a shelf so that you can go through them at your own pace.  There is a special room off of the library for the researchers, and each desk has a windows PC that is connected to the internet.  The IOC is also a Swisscom hotspot in Lausanne, so you can either buy wireless internet time for your own computer or use your current Swisscom or partner account (should you happen to have one already).  


Consultation: There is no limit to the amount of files that they will bring you in a day, except perhaps limited to the space on the shelf.


Policy on technology: You are allowed to bring your own laptop, and you can take digital photographs of the documents.  

Photocopy policy: You make the photocopies yourself and then tell them how many you made to pay at the end of the day or your visit.  The photocopy policy should be on the web, but last time it was 10 cents (swiss) a page.  If you have the IOC people make your photocopies, it is 40 cents a page. 


Particularities:  If you do research at the IOC archives, they should give you a free pass to the museum, which is nice.  There is a restaurant, but it is really expensive.  There are also a lot of restaurants along the road that lines the lake, though they tend to be a bit pricey.  The crepe place is tasty, if you are willing to spend the money.  There is a Migros (supermarket) about two blocks west of the IOC along the Ouchy.   


How to apply for classified files:  As far as I know, the IOC will not release files before the closed period is over, which varies according to personal papers vs. organizational papers, if I remember correctly. 


Contact name in case of questions regarding classified files:  n/a


Etc:  There is also a grant that the IOC has for scholars, though it is quite competitive from scholars all over the world.


Places to Stay: Lausanne Guest House (Chemin de Spinettes 4, +41 21 601 80 00) – you can book online, and reserve your room with a credit card, but you have to pay in cash (either CHF or euros) when you arrive.  Rooms are 4-person dorms for CHF 30 without sheets, CHF 35 with sheets, and you also have a locker which is large enough for a laptop and other items.  They also have private rooms, too.  It is right by the train station, and about a 15-20 minute walk to the IOC, though there are buses that run, too.

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