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Secretary-General U Thant (1961-1971) Series
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Press Briefings and Press Conferences

Series consists of cables, newspaper clippings, press statements, handwritten notes and letters, translations, drafts, lists, press releases, summaries of press briefings, transcripts of press conferences.
Subjects include but are not limited to the following: situation in Vietnam; Cyprus; apartheid; situation in Middle East including the Six Day War, Palestinian refugees and special representatives of the Secretary-General; Committee of 24; South West Africa and the situation in South Rhodesia; Martin Luther King's assassination; situation in Czechoslovakia; peaceful uses of outer space; 20th anniversary of the declaration of human rights; humanitarian assistance for Biafra; assistance for Equatorial Guinea; civil war in Nigeria; Korean situation; U Thant's comments on the removal of Nikita Khruschev from power; Chinese representation in the UN; disarmament; Indonesia/Malaysia dispute; World Youth Assembly; UN Correspondents Association. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General; William Powell, UN Office of Public Information; Ramses Nassif, Senior Information Officer; C.V. Narasimhan, Under-Secretary for General Assembly Affairs and Chef de Cabinet of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General; Arthur J. Goldberg, Permanent Representative from the US; Kurt Waldheim, Chairman, the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space; Yosef Tekoah, Permanent Represenative from Israel; Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister, Canada; Constantin A. Stavropoulos, Legal Counsel; A. Nesterenko, Under-Secretary for Political and Security Council Affairs. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.

Statements

Series consists of press statements, interview transcriptions, transcriptions of press conferences, and lists. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: United Nations' budget; development; human rights; United Nations Development Decade; political situation in Vietnam; decolonization; World Food Conference; Trust Fund for South Africa; UNIPOM and India/Pakistan dispute; political situation in Cyprus, UNFICYP, and paying for UNFICYP; Secretary-General's trips; nuclear test ban treaty; purchase of UN bonds by member states; flag-raising ceremonies; political situation in the Congo and ONUC; disarmament; appointment of UN personnel; messages of condolence; emergency relief and assistance to member states; pledging conferences; natural disasters; and voluntary monetary contributions by member states. Arranged chronologically.

Specialized Agencies

Series contains correspondence (with heads of the organizations), reports, speeches, press releases, etc., relating to the Secretary-General's involvement with the specialized agencies of the United Nations. Arranged alphabetically by name.

General Assembly

Series consists of the Secretary-General's General Assembly supporting files, containing correspondence, handwritten notes, minutes of meetings, transcripts of press conferences, a seating chart, etc. Correspondents include the presidents of the General Assembly. Arranged in General Assembly session number order (16th Session through 26th Session), followed by a set of misscellaneous files (e.g., presentation of credentials by Permanent Representatives), and therein chronologically.

Photographs

Series documents the Secretary-General's appearances with heads-of-state and other representatives of member nations and at special events of various types, photographs of the Department of Public Information, with captions on verso, which are currently filed by month (February 1969 through December 1971, boxes 1 to 23). Additional photographs in this series are: by journalists and journals documenting events at the United Nations; by journalists documenting Visits to a wide variety of countries and regions; a set of miscellaneous photographs of smaller sizes, undated, some with captions, some without; a set of family photographs (dated 1951); a set of studio portraits (1961-1966, with box 48 containing the oversize portraits). Photographs are various sizes. Some copyright restrictions may apply; please consult the archivist. Arranged in the order described above.

Locations: Boxes 1 to 47 are shelved at FF123-R002-SU13 and 14; box 48 (oversize) is shelved at FF123-R020-SU08

Gifts - Moving Images

Films primarily document appearances of Secretary-General U Thant, but include other periods and subjects as well. See file list for details. Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult the archivist. Arranged chronologically.

Locations: All films in this series are shelved at the location indicated; please note, however, that some of the very large films are not boxed.

Speeches, Messages, Statements, and Addresses

Series consists of handwritten notes, speeches, messages of condolence, offprints, periodicals, newspaper clippings, cables, General Assembly documents, General Assembly resolutions, aide-memoires, budgets, information circulars, drafts, statements, programs, press releases, letters, translations, press statements, and transcripts of press conferences. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: disarmament; United Nations budget; flag-raising ceremonies for new countries admitted to the United Nations; Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs); trusteeship and decolonization; environment; development; appeals for assistance for East Pakistan and Jordan; United Nations organs; political situation in the Congo and in Vietnam; United Nations Staff Day; United Nations committees; anniversaries of organs, NGOs and other entities; memorial ceremonies; and congratulatory messages to heads of state. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General; Jose Rolz-Bennett, Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs; C.V. Narasimhan, Under Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Chef de Cabinet; Ramses Nassif, Senior Information Officer; Lucien Lemieux, Secretary to the Secretary-General; and Robert Muller. Files are arranged alphabetically by title of speech or institution given to. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.

Related records: See also the press releases, which contain additional statements, etc.

United Nations Temporary Executive Authority in West New Guinea [West Irian] (UNTEA)

Series consists of code cables, cables, itineraries, newspaper clippings, letters, reports, speeches, translations, minutes of meetings, press releases, biographical notes, bulletins, transcript of press conferences, background papers, transcript of a radio address. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: responsibilities and actions of UNTEA; Netherlands-Indonesian Agreement; cease-fire arrangements; appointment of Jose Rolz-Bennett as Temporary Administrator in West Irian; Rolz-Bennett Reports on cease-fire arrangements, deployment of UN Security Force, repatriation, political and security problems; implementation of Netherlands-Indonesian Agreement; proposal to send UN observers; appointment of Dr. Djalal Abdoh of Iran as Administrator of West Irian; breakdown of UNTEA officials by nationality; situation in the Middle East; election of Secretary-General to replace Dag Hammarskjold. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General; C.V. Narasimhan, Chef de Cabinet; Brigadier General I.J. Rikhye, UNTEA; Dr. J.E. Quay, Prime Minister, Netherlands; Djalal Abdoh, Administrator, UNTEA; Mr. Engers. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.
DAG 1 / 5.2.2.8

Disarmament

Series consists of cables, aide-memoires, agenda, handwritten notes, rules of procedure, drafts, minutes of meetings, press releases, Security Council resolutions, minutes of conferences, reports, letters, memoranda, newspaper clippings, situation reports, press statements, General Assembly documents, and General Assembly resolutions. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: nuclear weapons; chemical and biological warfare; proposed germ warfare ban; proposed nuclear test ban treaties; nuclear strategies; Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT); Conference of Eighteen-nation Committee on Disarmament; Conference of Non-Nuclear Weapons States; Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons; International Atomic Energy Agency; "Security Without Nuclear Weapons," a paper by Duncan Sandys; economic and social consequences of the arms race and weapons spending; and General Assembly Resolution 1664 (XVI), which suggested that non-nuclear weapons producing states should agree to continue not producing or buying nuclear weapons. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General; Alexei E. Nesterenko, Under-Secretary for Political and Security Council Affairs; M.A. Vellodi, Deputy to the Under-Secretary, Political and Security Council Affairs; M.A. Vellodi, Director, Department of Political and Security Council Affairs; L.N. Kutakov, Under-Secretary for Political and Security Council Affairs; C.V. Narasimhan, Under Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Chef de Cabinet; Jose Rolz-Bennett, Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs; M.E. Chacko, Officer-in-Charge, Department of Political and Security Council Affairs; Omar Loutfe; V.P. Suslov, Under-Secretary, Political and Security Council Affairs; William Epstein, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, European Office of the UN; D. Protitch, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the Eighteen-Nation Committee on Disarmament; Pier P. Spinelli, Director-General of United Nations Office in Geneva; Phillippe de Seynes, Under-Secretary for Economic and Social Affairs; William Epstein, Director, Disarmament Affairs Division, Department of Political and Security Council Affairs; Constantin A. Stavropoulos, Legal Counsel; and Ilkka Pastinen, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament. Files are arranged by subject in a loose chronological order. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.

Peacekeeping - Dominican Republic

Series consists of cables, code cables, letters, press releases, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings, Security Council documents, Security Council draft resolutions, and Security Council resolutions. Subjects include but are not limited to the following political upheaval in the Dominican Republic United States troops sent to the Dominican Republic in 1965 Organization of American States (OAS) response to crisis United States-supported regime Imbert junta and fighting by Imbert's forces human rights violations credentials of Dominican Republic's representatives to the United Nations border disputes between the Dominican Republic and Haiti and relations between the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean countries. Correspondents include C.V. Narasimhan, Under Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Chef de Cabinet Jose Rolz-Bennett, Deputy Chef de Cabinet Jose Rolz-Bennett, Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs Jose A. Mora, Secretary-General, Organization of American States Rene Chalmers, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Republic of Haiti U Thant, Secretary-General Guaroa Velazquez, Permanent Representative of the Dominican Republic to the United Nations Jose Antonio Mayobre, Special Representative of the Secretary General in the Dominican Republic and Dr. Jottin Cury, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Constitutional Government, Dominican Republic. Files are arranged in a loose reverse chronological order. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.
DAG 1 / 5.2.2.4

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