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United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991) Série organique
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United Nations Observation Group in Lebanon (UNOGIL) - records

Series consists of cables, correspondence, and reports relating to the activities of the UN Observation Group in Lebanon (UNOGIL), which was set up to monitor internal conflicts between Lebanese political and religious factions. Also includes communications between UNOGIL and other Middle East UN commands, including the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). Correspondents include Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs Ralph Bunche, Special Representative to Jordan, Pier Spinelli, UNTSO Chief of Staff, Carl C. von Horn, UNOGIL mission leader David Blickenstaff, and the permanent representatives of countries providing troops to UNOGIL. Arranged alphabetically by subject.


This short series documents the situation in Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe). In particular, records relate to the implementation of Security Council resolutions upon Ian Smith's government in Southern Rhodesia for armed aggression against the Republic of Zambia. Also included are records related to Lieutenant General Prem Chand's mission to Southern Rhodesia as well as Zimbabwe's admission as a member state of the United Nations (1980). Records include correspondence (official and personal), working papers, and press clippings. Correspondents include Prem Chand and Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim.

Southeast Asia - Kampuchea - Indochina/Vietnam

Series documents United Nations peacekeeping and relief efforts in Southeast Asia, particularly regarding Kampuchea and Vietnam. Documented is UN involvement in the resolution of the refugee problem in Kampuchea resulting from armed conflict between Vietnam and China (1979-1984). Also documented are mediation efforts during the Paris Peace Talks regarding the end of war between Vietnam and the United States. Included is material related to Secretary-General Waldheim's Kampuchea meetings with leaders and representatives of Southeast Asian nations. Records include agreements, correspondence, press releases, etc. Correspondents include Sir Robert Jackson (Coordinator of Relief Assistance in Kampuchea), Dr. Victor Umbricht, M. Raymond Aubrac, Under-Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim.

Personal files

Series consists of the personal office files of Brian Urquhart. Many files contain correspondence with public figures, including senior United Nations and government officials and personal friends. Correspondence includes invitations to speak at universities and private organizations, requests for employment, holiday greetings and congratulatory notes and letters related to Mr. Urquhart's promotion to Under-Secretary-General. Also included are records documenting the negative press about the United Nations generated by United States journalists and private think tanks. Included in the series are lists of speaking engagements and copies of speeches and lectures that Mr. Urquhart presented to national and international institutions and organizations such as the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, the International Peace Academy and Princeton University, and the full texts of and documents related to Brian Urquhart's published writing from 1949 to 1985. These writing files include the background papers and manuscript of Brian Urquhart's book "Hammarskjold" (1972) and his autobiography "A Life in Peace and War" (1987), newspaper and journal articles, editorials, obituaries and statements. Also documenting his role as a public figure are interviews with leading news organizations such as the British Broadcasting Corporation and The New York Times. The series also includes bound volumes of United Nations periodicals; books and other printed material collected by Brian Urquhart; photographs of Brian Urquhart; video cassettes; and audio recordings. Additionally, files related to Ralph J. Bunche, containing biographical data, photographs and writing of Ralph J. Bunche are included in the series. Subject files concern Ralph J. Bunche's retirement from the United Nations; the Ralph J. Bunche memorial at the Rogosin Kidney Center in New York; the Daniel Larue Johnson sculpture dedicated to Ralph J. Bunche, "Peace Form One"; the Dag Hammarskjold Memorial "Single Form", created by sculptress Barbara Hepworth; and the deposit of the Ralph J. Bunche papers.

East Pakistan - Subject Files

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1971-1975: Guyer)

Series consists of correspondence, incoming and outgoing clear cables, and memoranda relating to food relief efforts in East Pakistan and the India-Pakistan fighting, divided into five major groupings as follows: a) background, including early relief efforts, communication between headquarters and India, Pakistan, and East Pakistan, and the High Commissioner for Refugees; b) foreign correspondence, mainly with donor countries and involving some political issues; c) visits, including those of the Secretary-General's Special Representative Vittorio Winspeare Gucciardi and the Secretary-General; d) humanitarian, including the Secretary-General's appeals for funds; e) POW's and DP's, including their treatment and repatriation. Correspondents include Secretaries-General U Thant and Kurt Waldheim, Vittorio Winspeare Gucciardi, Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs Roberto Guyer, and the permanent representatives of India, Pakistan, and East Pakistan to the UN.

Accession numbers: 77/207

United Nations East Pakistan Relief Operations (UNEPRO) - Subject Files

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1971-1975: Guyer)

Series conists of correspondence, incoming and outgoing clear cables, memoranda, and reports relating to the UN's food relief operations in East Pakistan before, during, and after the war between India and Pakistan, and is divided into four major subject categories as follows: a) administration, including communications, transportation, markings and insignia, and interaction with other UN agencies; b) staff, including files on senior and lower echelon staff members, as well as some substantive material on the various special representatives; c) evacuation of UNEPRO staff from Dacca, East Pakistan during India-Pakistan fighting of 1971; and d) reports, including progress updates. Correspondents include Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, Under-Secretaries-General Roberto Guyer and Brian Urquhart, Assistant Secretary-General Paul-Marc Henry, Assistant Secretary-General for Interagency Affairs Ismat Kittani, Special Representative B.A. El-Tawil, and UNEPRO Senior Advisor Stephen Tripp.

Accession numbers: A/754; 77/207

Actual series size: 1.5 feet

United Nations Military Observers (UNMO) - National Service Efficiency Reports

Series created and maintained until 1961 by Andrew Cordier, the Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General, and subsequently by Ralph Bunche, the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs. Records are service records of individual military observers, generally following the end of their tenure with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) or other UN operations in the Middle East. Documented are claims made following death or injury, legal status, etc. Correspondents include Andrew Cordier, Leo Malania, UNTSO Chiefs-of-Staff Carl C. von Horn and Ensio Siilasvuo, and permanent representatives of various participating countries. Arranged chronologically.

Subject Files - Korea Missions

Series created by Executive Assistant Andrew Cordier, and later by Ralph Bunche, Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs. Record types include letters, memoranda, clear cables, numbered code cables, an agreement (re National Medical Center), reports of the UN Commission on Korea (UNCOK), summary of a meeting of the UN Commission for the Unification and Rehabilitation of Korea (UNCURK) representatives with the Acting Prime Minister of Korea, photostats of documents captured from the Korean People's Republic (1950), press releases, UN documents. Includes files relating to the UN Temporary Commission on Korea (UNTCOK), UNCOK, UNCURK, and the UN Korean Reconstruction Agency (UNKRA). Correspondents include C.V.Narasimhan, the Secretary-General Trygve Lie, the principal secretaries and other officials of the various Korean Special missions, Chou En Lai of the People's Republic of China, American officials addressing the Secretary-General, and friends and families of missing United Nations military personnel (1955). Arranged alphabetically by subject.

United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC)

UN. Deputy Chef de Cabinet (1962-1964 : Rolz-Bennett)
Series consists of Jose Rolz-Bennett's reference set of letters (mostly copies), memoranda, numbered code cables, ONUC reports on civilian operations, Congo Republic draft constitution (copies), ONUC directives, and UN documents relating to ONUC finances, personnel, and operations. Also included is a copy of a speech given by the Under-Secretary-General Ralph Bunche on March 16, 1964 during the Dag Hammarskjold lecture series relating to ONUC. Correspondents include: Rolz-Bennett, Bunche, Secretary-General U Thant, Moise Tshombe (the provincial president of Katanga), and Permanent Representatives from various countries.
Accession Numbers: Unknown

Subject Files - SPA

Series consists of letters, memoranda, one file containing two unnumbered code cables, numbered code cables, clear cables, drafts of Secretary-General speeches, transcripts of interviews, articles, situation reports, minutes of meetings (various committees), press releases, and United Nations documents. Relates to general administration and operations of various United Nations departments, committees and organizations including: the Committee of Seven, the General Assembly, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Economic Commission for Latin America. Some of the correspondence relating to the Office of Public Information was accumulated while Rolz-Bennett temporarily assumed charge of the Office. Topics include personnel, finance, human rights, disarmament, economic development and trips of the Secretary-General. Correspondents include: Chef de Cabinet C.V. Narasimhan, Jose Rolz-Bennett, Secretary-General U Thant, and the Resident Representative for UNDP (in Mexico and later Argentina) Miguel Albornoz.
Accession Numbers: Unknown

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