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The archives of the United Nations covers four broad areas: the Secretaries-General, Secretariat Departments, Peacekeeping Missions, and Predecessor Organizations. The archives are arranged into Series which fall under larger archival groups (or “Fonds”) that are derived from the particular office or agency that created them. The creating agency can be a United Nations department, mission, panel or body, Secretary-General, or other United Nations functional unit. You can do a keyword search (above), or click the links below to browse through the Fonds and Series. Some of our records are digitized, and if so, these items can be viewed online and/or downloaded.

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Secretaries-General
• Ban Ki-Moon (South Korea) Term of Office: 2007-present
Kofi A. Annan (Ghana) Term of Office: 1997-2006
Boutros Boutros-Ghali (Egypt) Term of Office: 1992-1996
Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (Peru) Term of Office: 1982-1991
Kurt Waldheim (Austria) Term of Office: 1972-1981
U Thant (Myanmar) Term of Office: 1961-1971
Dag Hammarskjöld (Sweden) Term of Office: 1953-1961
Trygve Lie (Norway) Term of Office: 1946-1952

Secretariat Departments
UN Registry (1946-1983)
Department of Economic and Social Affairs- DESA
Executive Office of the Secretary-General - EOSG
Department of General Assembly and Conference Management - DGACM
Department of Management- DM
Office for Special Political Affairs - SPA
Department of Political Affairs - DPA
Field Service and Successor Bodies
Department of Peacekeeping Operations - DPKO

Missions, Commissions, and Related
Commission for the Investigation of Greek Frontier Incidents (1946-1951)
United Nations Special Committee on Palestine - UNSCOP (1947)
United Nations Palestine Commission - UNPAC (1948)
United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan - UNCIP (1948-1950)
Mediator for Palestine (1948-1950)
United Nations Truce Supervision Organization - UNTSO (1948-present)
United Nations Commissioner in Libya (1949-1952)
Commission for Eritrea (1950)
United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency - UNKRA (1950-1958)
Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea - UNCURK (1951-1973)
United Nations Emergency Force I - UNEF I (1956-1967)
United Nations Observation Group in Lebanon - UNOGIL (1958)
Special Representative in Amman - Spinelli Mission (1958-1967)
United Nations Operations in the Congo - ONUC (1960-1964)
United Nations Temporary Executive Authority in West Irian - UNTEA (1962-1963)
United Nations Yemen Observation Mission - UNYOM (1963-1964)
United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus - UNFICYP (1964-present)
United Nations India-Pakistan Observation Mission - UNIPOM (1965-1966)
United Nations Middle East Mission - UNMEM (1968-1973)
United Nations East Pakistan Relief Operation - UNEPRO; United Nations Relief Operations in Dacca-Bangladesh (UNROD/UNROB) (1971-1973)
United Nations Emergency Force II - UNEF II (1973-1979)
United Nations Iran-Iraq Military Observer Group (UNIIMOG) (1988-1991)
United Nations Transition Assistance Group - UNTAG (1989-1990)
United Nations Advance Mission in Cambodia - UNAMIC (1991-1992)
United Nations Observer Mission in El Salvador - ONUSAL (1991-1995)
United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission - UNIKOM (1991-2003)
International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia - ICFY (1992-1993)
United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia - UNTAC (1992-1993)
United Nations Observer Mission in South Africa (UNOMSA) (1992-1994)
United Nations Operation in Mozambique - ONUMOZ (1992-1994)
• United Nations Protection Force - UNPROFOR (1992-1995) and United Nations Peace Forces - UNPF (1995-1996) [coming soon]
United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda - UNAMIR (1993-1996)
United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia - UNOMIL (1993-1997)
United Nations Political and Peacekeeping Missions in Haiti (1993-2001)
United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan - UNMOT (1994-2000) & United Nations Tajikistan Office of Peace Building - UNTOP (2000-2007)
United Nations International Commission of Inquiry for Burundi - UNICIB (1995-1996)
United Nations Preventive Deployment Force - UNPREDEP (1995-1999)
United Nations Observer Mission in Angola - MONUA (1997-1999)
United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone - UNAMSIL (1999-2005)
United Nations Operation in Somalia II - UNOSOM II (2003-2005)

Predecessor Organizations
International Penal and Penitentiary Commission (1893-1958)
United Nations Information Organization - UNIO (1940-1945)
United Nations Temporary London Office (1941-1947)
War Crimes Commission - UNWCC (1943-1948)
United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration - UNRRA (1943-1948)
United Nations Conference on the International Organization - UNCIO (1944-1945)
Chinese National Relief and Rehabilitation Agency - CNRRA (1945-1947)
Preparatory Commission for United Nations (1945-1958)
International Refugee Organisation - IRO (1947-1952)