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United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991) Series
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First United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF I) - Cables

UN. Office for Special Political Affairs (1956-1972: Bunche)

Series consists of incoming and outgoing unnumbered code cables (signed originals), numbered code cables (carbon copies) and clear cables (carbon copies) relating to military, political and administrative matters, including frontier lines surveys, deployment and troop strength, aircraft overflight regulations, freedom of movement, incidents, the repatriation of prisoners of war, the withdrawal of foreign troops from Egypt, the expulsion of foreigners, Suez Canal levies, the return of El Arish settlement to Egypt's civil administration, the blockade of the Strait of Tiran, the Secretary-General's reports to the Security Council, UNEF I reorganizations, logistical assistance to the United Nations Yemen Observation Mission (UNYOM) and the United Nations Operations in the Congo (ONUC), budget and finance, communications, transport, personnel, and miscellaneous general services. Primary correspondents include Dag Hammarskjold, George Lansky, U Thant, Robert Vaughan and the UNEF I force commanders

Office for Special Political Affairs - Subject Files

UN. Office for Special Political Affairs (OSPA) (1970-1978: Guyer; 1979-1981: Perez de Cuellar; 1974-1985: Urquhart; 1981-1988: Cordovez; 1986-1992: Goulding)
Note: Files in this series were transferred in 1992, when the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs became the Department for Peace-Keeping Operations. Files were transferred under the auspices of the Office for Special Political Affairs, but reflect the operations of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) for the time span specified. Above names refer to the Under-Secretaries General who were in office from 1975 to 1988.

Series consists of briefings, annual reports and statements of the Secretary-General, country files, chemical weapons reports, inspections, notes on meetings, miscellaneous personnel and administrative files, information circulars, UN documents and economic surveys. Subjects include aircraft and ship incidents; Contadora; the Ford Foundation; the fortieth anniversary of the UN; observer groups in the Iran / Iraq Gulf; the Ocean Earth Corporation (OEC; the Columbia-Venezuela conflict; the League of Arab States; the Falkland Islands; Dominican hurricanes; refugees; travel standards; SPA-44 (I-84); R552; R. S/514; and R598. Correspondents include Under-Secretary-General of Special Political Affairs D. Cordovez; Under-Secretary-General for Political and Security Council Affairs U. A. Ustinov; A. Farah (UN Interim Force in Lebanon); and Deputy Director for the Centre for Human Rights K. F. Nyamekye.

Accession number: 1992/004

Actual series size: 14 boxes
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United Nations Information Center (UNIC) / United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Cables

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

Series consists of incoming and outgoing numbered and unnumbered cables, especially those sent by Samir Sanbar, then Chief of Staff of Information Services, Beirut, and L. El-Djoundi, then information officer for the Beirut Information Center. Cables include situation reports and contain information reported in local papers. Subjects include the United Nations position in Beirut; Secretary-General's talks; Soviet initiatives in the Middle East; Israeli-American agreements and support; and the boycott of Egypt and Naqoura talks. Correspondents include Chief of Servic Publications, K. Beaven; UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) Commander Maj.-Gen. E. R. Kaira; UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) Chief of Staff Gen. E. A. Erskine; Director, Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs J. C. Aime; Gen. J. O'Callaghan (UNTSO); T. Goksel UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL); and Under-Secretary-General for Public Information Y. Akashi.

Accession number: 1989/110

Actual series size: 5 boxes

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United Nations Middle East Mission (UNMEM) - Subject Files

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) (1958-1972: Bunche; 1965-1970: Rolz-Bennett; 1970-1978: Guyer; 1974-1985: Urquhart)

Series consists of press analyses, newspaper translations, press releases, special reports to the French press from the UN Office of Public Information, clear and code cables, notes on meetings and studies. Subjects include the UN administration for Gaza; African Heads of State; the "Big Four" meetings (U.S., U.S.S.R., UK, France; Ambassador Jarring's meetings (Moscow, NY, Middle East); UAR and Israeli complaints; UNCCP tabulation and evaluation of properties abandoned in Israel; the Arab refugee problem; S/Res/242; A/Res/2628 (25th); A/RES/2799 (26th); and A/RES/2949 (27th).

Accession number: 87/180

Actual series size: 5 boxes

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Assistant to the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs - Subject Files

UN. Office for the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) (1958-1959: Trevelyn; 1958-1972: Bunche; 1959-1960: Narasimhan; 1962-1963: Loufti; 1963-1964: Protitch; 1965-1970: Rolz-Bennett; 1970-1978: Guyer; 1974-1985: Urquhart; 1979-1981: Perez de Cuellar)

Series consists of reports on peace-keeping operations, speeches by Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, personnel files, press and magazine clippings, meeting summaries (e.g. the Special Committee on Peace Keeping Operations), force regulations, surveys of telecommunications requests, drafts of papers, manuscripts, correspondence, memoranda and cables. Subjects include UN military observers established or authorized by the screening council for observation purposes persuant to the Security Council's resolutions (Middle East, Pakistan, UNOGIL, UNYOM and Dominican Republic); the Lovanium Institute; and papers by J. K. Gordon, M.T. Hutchinson, T. C. Bueitner, C. E. Weber, B. Egge, I. L. Claude, F. Seyersted and F. D. Wilcox. Correspondents include the Deputy Director to the Under-Secretary-General; Department of Political and Security Council Affairs M. A. Vellodi; Secretary-General U Thant; Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel C. A. Stavropoulos; and the above listed Under-Secretaries-General.

Accession number: 1986/002

Actual series size: 5 boxes

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Code Cables

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) (1958-1972: Bunche; 1965-1970: Rolz-Bennett; 1970-1978: Guyer; 1979-1981: Perez de Cuellar)

Series consists of code cables maintained in New York by the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA). Cables document various office and mission activities including the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP); the United Nations Chief Coordinator (UNCC) for the peacekeeping missions in the Middle East; the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF; the United Nations Peace-Keeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP); and the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO). Subjects include bi-weekly scheduled inspections of Israeli and Egyptian areas; the Juliet Line; and the trial of Alfred Gom. Correspondents include Chief Military Officer for UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan Brig.-Gen. S. Waldenstrom; Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs B. E. Urquhart; and UN Truce Supervision Organization Chief of Staff E. A. Erskine.

Accession number: 1987/005, boxes 27-34

Actual series size: 17 boxes

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Afghan Petitions

UN. Office for the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) (1974-1985: Urquhart; 1981-1988: Cordovez)

Series consists of the signed petition sheets of nearly one-million individuals that were presented to Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs Diego Cordovez by Ambassador Zarif of Afghanistan. Petitions were presented to Cordovez sometime in July, 1982. This series represents a sample from the original four-foot accession. Petitions feature decorative drawings and thumbprints above each signature.

Accession number: 1982/130

Actual series size: 1 box

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Representative of the Secretary-General in the Dominican Republic - Jose Antonio Mayobre

Series consists of administrative files of Jose Antonio Mayobre, Representative of the Secretary-General in the Dominican Republic (Repdom), established in 1965 by S/RES/203 (1965).

Records consist mostly of subject files containing primarily correspondence and reports, drafts of reports, cables, and press releases.
These concern the responsibilities of the Reporting Mission of the Representative of the Secretary-General in the Dominican Republic; incidents; visits to prisons by United Nations teams; elections; the cease-fire, 1965, and reports from United States forces of cease-fire violations; and human rights violations.

Some correspondence is with United Nations Headquarters.
Also included are United Nations Security Council reports, resolutions, and other documents concerning the Dominican Republic;
and miscellaneous correspondence, clippings, maps, reports, and reprints.

Missions and Commissions Records (DAG-13)

contains UNTSO (1950-present), UNTPC (1948) and UNOGIL (1958) working files (DAG-13).

UNTPC:
The Commission's task was to supervise the truce between Arab and Jewish communities. It lasted from April to June 1948.
Included are a copy from the agreement concerning "No Man's Land" in Jerusalem, concluded and signed by the opposing parties on June 16, 1948 during the first truce which began on June 11, 1948; maps of the areas in Jerusalem referred to in the above agreement; and miscellaneous cables, minutes, memoranda, working papers, notes, and a report on the Palestine Question from the files of Pable de Azacarate.

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