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Secretary-General U Thant (1961-1971) Series
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Peacekeeping - Code Cables

Series consists of code cables, cables, General Assembly documents, letters, aide-memoires, memoranda, handwritten notes, press releases, and translations. Subjects include but are not limited to the following Palestinian refugees political situation in the Middle East 1967 Six Day War and negotiations for cease-fire United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) and personnel issues relations between India and Pakistan United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) political situation in Vietnam junta in the Dominican Republic human rights violations and Organization of American States activities in the Dominican Republic political situation in Cyprus United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) cease-fire line in Cyprus transfer of West Irian from a Netherlands colony to Indonesian administrative control political situation in the Congo United Nations Operation in the Congo (UNOC) secession of Katanga withdrawal of UNOC Nigerian civil war and resulting refugee crisis United Nations Yemen Observer Mission (UNYOM) independence of Equatorial Guinea from Spain Indonesian threat to withdraw from United Nations development of the Lower Mekong basin International Committee for the Red Cross political situation in Rwanda and Burundi disarmament and personnel assignments. Correspondents include Carlos Bernardes, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus Lieutenant-General Odd Bull, Chief of Staff, UNTSO Dr. Ralph Bunche, Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs I. S. Djermakoye, Under-Secretary for Trusteeship and Non-Self-Governing Territories Max H. Dorsinville, Officer-in-Charge, UNOC Robert K. A. Gardiner, Officer in Charge, UNOC General Kebbede Guebre, Force Commander, UNOC Nils-Goran Gussing, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Nigeria General Gyani, Force Commander, UNFICYP Sadruddhin Aga Khan, High Commissioner of Refugees Sture Linner, Officer-in-Charge, UNOC General A.E. Martola, Force Commander, UNFICYP Jose Antonio Mayobre, Special Representative of the Secretary General in the Dominican Republic Laurence Michelmore, Commissioner-General, UNRWA C.V. Narasimhan, Under Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Chef de Cabinet General Nimmo, Chief Military Observer, UNMOGIP Bibiano F. Osorio-Tafall, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus Bibiano F. Osorio-Tafall, Officer-in-Charge, UNOC Galo Plaza, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus Brigadier I.J. Rikhye, Force Commander, UNEF Jose Rolz-Bennett Constantin A. Stavropoulos, Legal Counsel Vittorio Winspeare-Guicciardi, Under Secretary-General and Director-General of UN Office, Geneva Ernesto A. Thalmann, Special Representative of the Secretary-General U Thant, Secretary-General General Thimayya, Force Commander, UNFICYP and Brian Urquhart, Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs. Files are arranged by subject, and are chronological thereunder. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961-1971.
The majority of the code cables are unnumbered.

Press clippings

Series consists of newspaper clippings, business cards, cables, cartoons, aide-memoires, transcripts of press conferences, memoranda, press releases, letters, handwritten notes, issues of periodicals, news summaries, press statements, translations, reports, Security Council documents, guest lists, and Security Council draft resolutions. Subjects include but are not limited to the following U Thant's appointment as Secretary-General U Thant's successor criticisms of U Thant relationship between the United States and the United Nations political situation in the Congo satellite television Watergate aid to East Pakistani refugees political situation in Israel and the Middle East political situation in Vietnam relations between India and Pakistan China and its potential representation in the United Nations United Nations Yemen Observation Mission political situation in Cambodia political situation in Laos political situation in Burma North Korean seizure of United States Navy ship Pueblo issues of space exploration United Nations reform civil war in Nigeria political situation in Rhodesia hijacking U Thant's travels and visits to countries disarmament U Thant's speeches and activities the 1967 Six Day War between Israel and Jordan, Syria, and Egypt and the 1973 Yom Kippur War between Israel and Egypt and Syria. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General C.V. Narasimhan, Under Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Chef de Cabinet Ramses Nassif, Senior Information Officer Norman Ho, Chief, Overseas Briefing Unit, External Relations Division, Office of Public Information Purnendu Basu, Asian, African and Middle Eastern Regional Officer, External Relations Division, Office of Public Information Rene de Branche William C. Powell and George Ivan Smith, Director, United Nations Information Centre, London. Files are arranged by subject and are alphabetical by country or chronological thereunder. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.
DAG 1, 5.2.1.9

Commissions, Committees, and Conferences

Series consists of the Secretary-General's files on the commissions, committees and conferences of the period, thus documenting those international issues which became the cause of study and discussion during their period. Records include correspondence, handwritten notes, news clippings, and public relations materials. Arranged in no particular order.

Subsidiary Bodies

Series relates to the Secretary-General's involvement with the subsidiary bodies of the United Nations, e.g., the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF, etc. Worldwide issues and problems are well documented in this series of records. Included are correspondence, handwritten notes, speeches, minutes of meetings, press releases, etc. Arranged in no particular order.

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.

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.

Security Council and Other Organs

Series consists of the Secretary-General's correspondence and other supporting records concerning the Security Council, the Trusteeship Council, the Economic and Social Council, and the International Court of Justice. The few files are arranged in the preceding order.

United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC) - Advisory Committee Verbatim Minutes

Administrative history The United Nations Advisory Committee on the Congo held its first meeting on 24 August 1960 it was dissolved after 23 April 1963. Chaired by the Secretary-General, with members from Canada, Ceylon, Ethiopia, Federation of Malaya, Ghana, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Liberia, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sudan, Sweden, Tunisia, and the United Arab Republic. Immediately after Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold's death of 18 September 1961 Mr. Barnes of Liberia served as the chair. Acting Secretary-General U Thant began serving on the 17 November 1961.

Series consists of bound volumes of photostats of the minutes of the Advisory Committee on the Congo, originally the copies of Mr. Labouisse. Arranged in two sets, one in English, one in French, and within each set chronologically.

Conditions of access Series was originally classified confidential now declassified.

United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC) - Files and Correspondence

Series consists of United Nations Operation in the Congo records of both Secretaries-General Hammarskjold (1953-1961) and U Thant. U Thant became Acting Secretary-General on 3 November 1961 he was appointed Secretary-General on 30 November 1962. The records were created in the course of political military and support activities relating to peacekeeping operations in the Congo during this period. In addition to subject files there is a set of Secretary-General Hammarskjold's correspondence with member states pertaining to the problems in the Congo. After his accidental airplane death in the Congo on 18 September 1961 interim officials including Acting Secretary-General U Thant kept subsequent Congo records files with Hammarskjold's. Included is Secretary-General U Thant's correspondence with member states pertaining to the problems in the Congo. In addition there is a set of U Thant's clear cables. Boxes 1 to 6 of this series are Hammarkskjold records while boxes 7 to 12 are U Thant records. Arranged in various sets of files as follows - correspondence and cables (to September 1961) correspondence with member states (to September 1961) then a set of 10 files on unrest, incidents etc. (14 July 1960 to 19 June 1961) Secretary-General U Thant's country files (predominantly to 1963) some of U Thant's subject files and his clear cables (November 1961 to June 1964).

Tributes and Gifts

Series consists of a variety of tributes and gifts from sources worldwide to Secretary-General U Thant. Items include honorary certificates, drawings, scrolls, photographs, a wood relief, books, sound recordings, special boxes, and a flag, among others. Certificates are arranged chronologically; the remainder by record or object type.

Locations - Boxes 1 to 2 are at Q323-R011-SU5 boxes 3 to 9 (oversize) are shelved at Q323-R011-SU1

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