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Secretary-General U Thant (1961-1971) Series
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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.

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.

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.

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

United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC)

Series consists of code cables, balance sheets, cables, handwritten notes, letters, reports, drafts, press releases. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: the selection of U Thant as the Chairman of the Conciliation Commission; Congo disengagement; a draft of Thant's chapter on the Congo from his memoirs; Michelmore Report on the administrative situation in Leopoldville; existence of the separate, autonomous Katanga region within the Congo; J.G. Beevor's exploratory visit to Brussels regarding the "Congo matter"; measures to exert economic pressure on Katanga; outline for economic stabilization and introduction of new currency; disposal of ONUC surplus property. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General; L. Michelmore, Deputy Director of Personnel; Moise Tshombe, President, Katanga; J. G. Beevor, Vice President, International Finance Corporation; Felice Frasca, ONUC; David B. Vaughan, Director of General Services. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.
DAG 1 / 5.2.2.7.2

United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC)

Series consists of cables, code cables, reports, telex conversations, drafts, aide-memoires, working papers, notes for meetings, press releases, memoranda, lists, laws, General Assembly documents, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings, letters, speeches, Security Council documents, press statements, translations, interview transcriptions, handwritten notes, and corrigenda. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: United Nations Advisory Committee on the Congo; Adoula-Tshombe talks; succession of Katanga; terms of United Nations Operations in the Congo (ONUC); ANC; Plan of National Reconciliation; appointment of Secretary-General's Personal Representative in Brussels; ONUC withdrawal; Katangese gendarmerie; mercenaries; refugees; personnel issues; Kindu massacre incident; and political situation in Rwanda and Burundi and resulting refugees. Correspondents include Dr. Ralph Bunche, Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs; C.V. Narasimhan, Under Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Chef de Cabinet; Constantin A. Stavropoulos, Legal Counsel; U Thant, Secretary-General; Moise Tshombe, President of Katanga; Sture Linner, Officer-in-Charge; Sture Linner, Secretary-General's Personal Representative in Brussels; Mr. Khiary, Chief of Civilian Operations, ONUC; Cyrille Adoula, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Congo; Robert K. A. Gardiner, Officer in Charge, ONUC; Bibiano F. Osorio-Tafall, Officer-in-Charge, ONUC; Bibiano F. Osorio-Tafall, Chief, Civilian Operations, ONUC; Brigadier I.J. Rikhye, Military Advisor to the Secretary-General; Max H. Dorsinville, Officer-in-Charge, ONUC; and S. Habib Ahmed, Chief Administrative Officer, ONUC. Files are arranged by subject. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.
DAG 1 / 5.2.2.7.1

Peacekeeping - Other Countries

Series consists of aide-memoires, cables, drafts, handwritten notes, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings, reports, letters, and press statements. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: Secretary-General's lectures, meetings, and trips; political situation in Algeria, Laos, Morocco, Tunisia, and Cambodia; Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia; civil war in Nigeria; Chinese Premier Chao En Lai's visit to Africa; withdrawal of United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF); 2nd Afro-Asian Summit; representation of People's Republic of China at the United Nations; German Democratic Republic application for United Nations membership; USSR; and South Africa's relationship with the United Nations. Correspondents include Dr. Ralph Bunche, Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs; C.V. Narasimhan, Under Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Chef de Cabinet; U Thant, Secretary-General; Jose Rolz-Bennett, Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs; and Alexei E. Nesterenko, Under-Secretary, Department of Political and Security Council Affairs. Files are arranged by subject. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.
DAG 1 / 5.2.2.10

Peacekeeping - Political and Security Council Affairs Analysis

Series consists of appendices, memoranda, newspaper clippings, handwritten notes, letters, reports, lists of departmental papers and participants, monthly surveys, daily summary committee proceedings. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: survey of European relations; the "German Question"' Cyprus; NATO and worldwide alignments; disarmament - conferences on, test ban, de-nuclearization of Latin America and Africa, reaction to China's 3rd nuclear explosion, anti-ballistic issue, treaty of non-proliferation, chemical and biological weapons; human rights - Syrian and Soviet Jewry; "East/West relations"; China - conflict with India, seating of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in the General Assembly, "cultural revolution," representation on the Security Council, relations with other Asian nations; Africa - apartheid, Senegalese crisis, Congo situation; Middle East - refugee camps, relations between Mid East and North African Arab states, Arab oil as political factor, Israeli incorporation of the Jordanian sector of Jerusalem, recent developments in Iraq; Vietnam - possible role of the UN, Paris talks, US position on the "Vietnam Question," general debate of the General Assembly, observations on President Nixon's speech on Vietnam; Southern Rhodesia - oil embargo, illegal regime; United States - foreign policy, President Nixon's visit to China, Soviet-US relations, President Nixon's commission on the UN; problem of mercenaries; disengagement; "microstate" problem; political aspects of environmental questions; "good offices" policy of the UN. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General; Constantin A. Stavropoulos, Legal Counsel; Aleksei E. Nesterenko, Under-Secretary for PSCA; E.D. Kiselev, Under-Secretary, PSCA; William Epstein, Chief, Armaments Control and Enforcement Measures Section; V.P. Suslov, Under-Secretary, PSCA; L.N. Kutakov, Under-Secretary, PSCA; Yakov Malik, Permanent Representative from USSR; Professor Hans J. Morgenthau, Chairman, Academic Committee on Soviet Jewry; Charles W. Yost, Permanent Representative, US; Shabtai Rosenne, Permanent Representative, Israel. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.
DAG 1 / 5.2.2.13

Correspondence

Series consists of cables, business cards, aide-memoires, drafts, letters, biographies, invitations, General Assembly documents, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings, speeches, Security Council documents, Security Council resolutions, translations, press statements, programs, itineraries, handwritten notes, and interview transcriptions. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: nations applications for admittance to the United Nations; United States involvement in Vietnam; political situation in East Pakistan; Secretary-General's health; Secretary-General's trips; Secretary-General's resignation; Warsaw Pact; nomination and appointment of UN personnel; anniversaries of countrys' independence; disarmament; death and health of heads of state; hijacking of airplanes; space flight; and the 1965 visit of Pope Paul VI to the United Nations. Correspondents include Dr. Ralph Bunche, Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs; 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; Roberto E. Guyer, Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs; Prince Norodom Sihamouk of Cambodia; Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister, Canada; Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia; Roger Seydoux, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations; Ahmed Sekou Toure, President, Republic of Guinea; Indira Ghandi, Prime Minister, India; General Agha Muhammed Yahya Khan, President, Pakistan; Leopold Sedar Senghoz, President, Republic of Senegal; Lord Caradon, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations; Arthur J. Goldberg, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations; Lyndon Johnson, President, United States; George Herbert Walker Bush, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations; Paul G. Hoffman, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme; Adlai Stevenson, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations; Richard M. Nixon, President, United States; Pope Paul VI; and Josip Broz Tito, President, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Files are arranged alphabetical by country. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.

Travels, Trips, and Engagements

Series consists of periodicals, aide-memoires, background papers, information circulars, degrees, programs, General Assembly resolutions, invitations, lists, memoranda, press releases, Security Council resolutions, cables, General Assembly documents, letters, maps, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings, postcards, reports, speeches, drafts, payment vouchers, menus, code cables, handwritten notes, itineraries, news summaries, photographs, press statements, receipts, and translations. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: preparations for Secretary-General's trips; political situation in the Middle East; United States involvement in Vietnam; conferences; anniversaries of United Nations bodies; cancelled trips; honorary degrees; political situation in the Congo; political situation in Nigeria; disarmament; Administrative Committee on Co-ordination (ACC); protocol for official visits; Nuclear Test Ban Treaty; Pope Paul VI; the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Commemorative General Assembly Session in San Francisco, June 1965; development objectives and strategy; Organization of African Unity (OAU); and the 25th anniversary of the United Nations in June, 1970. Correspondents include Dr. Ralph Bunche, Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs; 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; U Thant, Secretary-General; David B. Vaughan, Under Secretary-General for General Services; Donald Thomas, Special Assistant to the Secretary-General; Ramses Nassif, Senior Information Officer; Ramses Nassif, Assistant to the Secretary-General; Pier P. Spinelli, Director-General of United Nations Office in Geneva; Martin Hill, Assistant Secretary-General for Inter-Agency Affairs; Norman Ho, Chief, Overseas Briefing Unit, External Relations Division, Office of Public Information; Hernane Tavares de Sa, Under-Secretary for the Office of Public Information; William C. Powell, Deputy Director, Press and Publications Division, Office of Public Information; and Lucien Lemieux, Secretary to the Secretary-General. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961-1971.

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