This section guides you to the historical development of the IAMCR from a European-American initiative of journalism and mass communication scholars, promoted by Unesco since the late 1940s, to a worldwide association of media and communication academics in the new millennium. In it you will find the History in a Nutshell and a longer article, Overview of IAMCR History, both by Cees Hamelink, former President, and Kaarle Nordenstreng, former Vice-President.
A pictorial publication by the same authors, entitled IAMCR in Retrospect and published in 2007 at the 50th anniversary conference in Paris as a printed publication, is available online here. You can access it via the menu on the right or download it as a PDF file: IAMCR in Retrospect (4.2 MB)
An introductory booklet by Hamelink and Nordenstreng is available as PDF file: Basics of IAMCR History - second edition, December 2020.
See also Michael Meyen: The IAMCR Story. In: Michael Meyen/Thomas Wiedemann (Hrsg.): Biografisches Lexikon der Kommunikationswissenschaft. Köln: Herbert von Halem 2018. http://blexkom.halemverlag.de/iamcr-story/ (23/01/2022).
In addition, three accounts are given in this page by key witnesses: founder member Hifzi Topuz, member since the 1960s Walery Pisarek and former President Hamid Mowlana.
Moreover, for all interested researchers and students a digital archive of the most essential IAMCR documentation is accessible. A comprehensive hard copy archive of these documents is placed in the Unesco Archives in Paris.
The archive has been arranged by Hamelink and Nordenstreng, who have been working for several years on a book on the history of IAMCR. It is expected to be completed in 2023/24.