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United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991) Series
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Assistant Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs - Subject Files

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) (1970-1978: Guyer; 1974-1985: Urquhart; 1979-1981: Perez de Cuellar; 1981-1988: Cordovez)

Note: The position of Assistant Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs does not appear in staff lists until 1981, when F. T. Liu is listed as holding that position.
Series consists of materials documenting the work of the UNCC (United Nations Co-Coordinator), UNDOF (United Nations Disengagement Observer Force), and UNTSO (United Nations Truce Supervision Organization). UNCC and UNTSO materials consist of incoming and outgoing numbered code cables; UNDOF materials include incoming and outgoing numbered code cables; military staff lists; casualty and board of inquiry reports; country files (Austria, Canada, Iran, etc.); incident reports and strength and location reports. Subjects include the Christian Armed Forces and Lebanese Christian fellowship; IDF withdrawals from Lebanon; Lebanese border crossings; the crossing of the Alpha line; mine accidents; and the Austrian patrol. Correspondents include Maj.-Gen. L. Koho; UN Emergency Force (UNEF) Force Commander/Chief Co-Coordinator Lt.-Gen. E. Siilasvuo; UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) Chief of Staff B. Liljestrand; and Under-Secretaries General for Special Political Affairs Guyer and Urquhart.
Photographs in this series support casualty files, including the location and condition of the deceased upon discovery. Shepherds shot by the IDF patrol, UNDOF OP 72, and the bodies of Peter Hoermann and Major-Corporal Anton Grasserbauer are among those photographed.
Accession number: 1986/103
Actual series size: 10 boxes
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United Nations Suez Canal Clearance Operations (UNSCO) - Subject Files

The United Nations Suez Clearance Operations (UNSCO) task was to restore the Suez Canal to operating condition after it was blocked by debris as a result of the 1956 Israel/Egypt War. UNSCO operated between December 1956 and April 1957.

Included are correspondence, reports, working papers, clippings, press releases; and salvage lists, maps and charts showing wreck locations and UNSCO operations.
These concern the dredging of the canal; rehabilitation of maintenance workshops, restoration of navigational lighting and telecommunications; and the resumption of canal traffic.

Series consists of correspondence, cables, memoranda and draft memoranda, report outlines, surveys and survey reports, field operations reports, weekly reports, summary reports, final progress reports, reports of conversations, chronologies, indexes, appendices, schedules, lists, logs, inventories, diaries, aide-memoires, handwritten notes, tables, diagrams, floor plans, blueprints, photographs, receipts, invoices, transmittal sheets, biographical notes, press reports, press releases, press clippings, dictionaries, technical manuals, reprints of conference papers, periodical publications, business cards, and company catalogues and brochures relating to the administration and operations of the Suez Canal clearance operations.

Subjects include but are not limited to the following: salvage fleets; salvaged wrecks and other property; telecommunications; electrical equipment and installation; floating apparatus; activities of the British Admiralty and the Anglo-French Fleet; administrative, personnel and financial matters; agreements with the Egyptian government; compensation to Suez Canal shareholders; salvors' rights; the Civil-Watch Unit; returned vessels to owners; policy negotiations; subcontractors; canal dues; damages to workshops; and local shipping agents.

Correspondents include Dag Hammerskjold, UN Secretary-General; Lieutenant-General R. A. Wheeler, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General; Alfred George Katzin, UN Deputy Under-Secretary; Colonel Mahmoud Younis, Engineer, Member of the Director's Office, Suez Canal Authority, Ismailia; Major M. Haaksalo, UN Civil Watch; Harry Howell of Howell and Co.; D. G. Sullivan, Chief Administrative Office, UNSCO; George Lansky, Chief, Field Operation Service; M. Sobhi, Engineer, Head of Transmission Section, Suez Canal Authority; Charles Barton Reynolds, Engineer, International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation.

Subject Files - Political

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) (1958-1972: Bunche; 1959-1961: Narasimhan; 1962-1963: Loufti; 1963-1964: Protitch; 1965-1970: Rolz-Bennett; 1970-1978: Guyer; 1974-1985: Urquhart; 1979-1981: Perez de Cuellar; 1981-1988: Cordovez)

Series consists of materials documenting the progress of the United Nations Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), and various missions in Africa. Items include incoming and outgoing numbered and unnumbered code cables, press cables, press releases, progress reports, UN documents, operation logs, situation reports, country files, correspondence, information on conferences, legal documents, affidavits and drafts of political advisor to Special Political Affairs G. L. Sherry. Subjects include the Adoula government; North and South Katanga; the Congo Operation; Dr. Moise Tshombe; President of the Congo Republic Kasa-Vubu; the Plan of National Conciliation (1962); the Congo Conciliation Commission; mercenaries; the Mediterranean Dead Sea Canal; African states; the visit of Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold to South Africa (1961); and the Council on Foreign relations. Correspondents include Secretary-General D. Hammarskjold; Director H. Wieschoff; UNFICYP Acting Commander Brig. A. J. Wilson; Special Representative of the Secretary-General B. F. Osorio-Tafall; and Officers in charge of the Congo Operation Dr. S. Linner and R. K. A. Gardiner.
Series contains photographs of the Katanga railway station, and the Lady Selbourne, Pretoria, and Nicosia refugee camps.

Accession number: 1985/063
Actual series size: 23 boxes
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Middle East - Subject Files

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1974-1985: Urquhart; 1979-1981: Perez de Cuellar; 1981-1988: Cordovez; 1986-1992: Goulding)

Series consists of correspondence, numbered code, clear, and only cables (incoming and outgoing), United Nations documents, daily press briefings, political information bulletins, reports, and meeting summaries regarding the Middle East, including Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Jordan. Includes reports of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Population of the Occupied Territories; briefing notes to the Secretary-General; and summaries of meetings with Permanent Representatives to the United Nations. Subjects include the Middle East peace process; Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO); deportation of Palestinians from Israeli Occupied Territories; hostages in Lebanon; and a proposed Palestinian University for refugees in Jerusalem. Other subjects include terrorism; chemical warfare; the question of Palestine; the League of Arab States; the Organization of the Islamic Conference; and economic assistance to Lebanon. Correspondents include Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar.

Accession numbers: 94/038, boxes 1-3

Actual series size: 6 boxes

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Preparatory Commission of the United Nations

Series contains records pertaining to the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations, which was established on 26 June 1945 and phased out by the General Assembly decision of 11 January 1946 that the Executive Secretary of the commission would act as the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The commission was established to make provisional arrangements for the first sessions of the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, and the Trusteeship Council; to establish the Secretariat; to convene the International Court of Justice. The series consists of records collected by Brian Urquhart which pertain to the commission and some records created during the course of the commission's activities. The series also contains records pertaining to Gladwyn Jebb, who served as Executive Secretary of the Commission. Records consist of correspondence, reports, minutes and cables.

United Nations Yemen Observation Mission (UNYOM) code cables

UN. Executive Office of the Secretary-General

Series consists of incoming and outgoing numbered code cables (signed original) relating to military, political and administrative matters, including operations, deployment, rotation and withdrawal of military observers, incidents, disengagement negotiations, the formation and functioning of the mission, the suspension of Saudi Arabia's aid to Yemen, instructions on press statements, finance, personnel and miscellaneous general services. Correspondence is between top echelelon officials in Headquarters and UNYOM military commanders.

1 box

First United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF I) code cables master files

Series consists of incoming and outgoing numbered code cables (signed originals) relating to military, political, legal and administrative matters, including operations, the withdrawal of foreign troops from Egypt, deployment and troop strength, incidents and violations on air, sea and land, survey and demarcation of frontier lines, the expulsion of foreigners, the repatriation of prisoners of war, negotiations with the host country on UNEF's operation, Suez Canal levies, the return of El Arish settlement to Egypt's civil administration, UNEF reoroganizations, security arrangements, finance, logistics, personnel and miscellaneous general services. Correspondents include Ralph Bunche, Major-General Edson L.M. Burns, Andrew Cordier, Dag Hammarskjold, George Lansky, Chakvarathi Narasimhan, Major-General Carlos Flores Paiva Chaves, Lieutenant-General Indar Rikhye, Jose Rolz-Bennett, Major-General Syseno Sarmento, Major-General Prem Singh Gyani, Constantin Stavropoulos, Donald Sullivan, U Thant, Brian Urquhart and David Vaughan.

de Ribbing Mission

UN. Secretary-General (1959-1962 : Hammarskjold)
UN. Secretary-General (1962-1972 : U Thant)

Series consist of letters, memoranda, code and clear cables, reports, background notes, selected newspaper pages and maps of Saudi Arabia relating to the investigation of the Buraimi question, including complaints of Saudi Arabia, meetings of the Secretary-General's Special Representative Herbert de Ribbing with representatives of the Iman of Oman and the United Kingdom, refugee registration procedures and findings reported to the Secretary-General. Primary correspondents include Abdel Rahman Azzam of Saudi Arabia, Andrew Cordier, Dag Hammarskjold, Jose Rolz-Bennet, U Thant and Jan van Wyck.

First United Nations Emergency Force I (UNEF I) - Participating States Files - Laos Missions

Series consists of letters, cables, aide memoire, itineraries, name lists, resumes and medical certificates relating to the administration of military assistance, including consultations on agreements between participating states and the United Nations, rotation and repatriation of military personnel, logistics and miscellaneous financial arrangements. Primary correspondents include Andrew Cordier, Dag Hammarskjold, U Thant, Brian Urquhart, UNEF I Force Commanders and liaison staff of participating states, including Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Norway, Pakistan, Sweden, the United States of America and Yugoslavia..

United Nations Observation Mission (UNYOM) - Advisor's Records

UN. Military Advisor to the Secretary-General (1963-1965 : Rikye)

Series consists of letters, memoranda, cables and draft reports relating to violations of the disengagement agreement signed by Egypt, the United Arab Republic and Yemen, military operations, deployment of foreign troops into Yemen and miscellaneous administrative matters. Primary correspondents are Lt. General Prem Singh Gyani, Colonel Branko Pavlovic and Lt. General Carl Von Horn.

2 boxes

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