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United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991) Series
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Mount Scopus

UN. Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1958-1972 : Bunche)

Series consists of letters, memoranda, code and clear cables, reports and selected UN documents relating to negotiations between the Secretary-General's representatives and representatives of Israel and Jordan, inspection of the Mount Scopus area, convoy problems, shooting incident in the Huleh area, investigation on the death of Lt. Col. George Alfred Flint, the Urrutia mission and the Spinelli/Rikye mission. Primary correspondents are Andrew Cordier, Dag Hammarskjold, Lt. Col. Byron Leary, Francisco Urrutia and Major General Carl von Horn.

3 boxes

Mount Scopus general records

UN. Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General (1946-1961 : Cordier)

Series consists of letters, memeranda and numbered code cables and reports relating to military and political matters, including proposals on implementing the Mount Scopus agreement, the Urrutia mission, Syrian complaints of Israeli infiltration, access to the British war cermetery, incidents, casualties and Colonel George Flint's visits to Mount Scopus. Primary correspondents are Ralph Bunche, Colonel Flint, Colonel Byron Leary, Constantin Stavropoulos, Henri Vigier, Major-General Carl von Horn and Francisco Urrutia

Boxes 1-3


Series documents anti-apartheid developments in Namibia. Records relate to the mission of UNTAG (United Nations Transition Assistance Group) and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in Namibia. The series contains working papers, notes on meetings, press clippings and correspondence such as code cables, letters, and handwritten notes. Correspondents include Lieutenant General Prem Chand and Virenda Dayal. Arranged by subject.


Series documents the Nigerian conflict, in particular a rebellion of the Ibo Tribe, and the activities of the resulting United Nations relief mission. Records include reports of the Permanent Mission of Nigeria and the United Nations Representative in Nigeria (UNREPNIG), numbered and unnumbered code cables, clear cables, letters, memoranda, press releases, and newspaper clippings. Correspondents include Under-Secretaries-General Ralph Bunche and Jose Rolz-Bennett, Secretary-General U Thant, the Secretary-General's Personal Representative Nils Gussing, non-governmental organizations, and representatives of Liberia, Equatorial Guinea, and Nigeria. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

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

Office of the Under Secretary General - Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA)

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs

Series consists of plans, reports, minutes, and memos. Subjects include the UN General Assembly, budget & finance, receptions for visiting dignitaries, and staff matters. Also included are humanitarian issues such as the situation of Jewish communities in the Soviet Union and Arab countries and prisoners of war, mostly in the Middle East. Correspondents include Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, Under-Secretaries-General for Special Political Affairs Ralph J. Bunche, Brian Urquhart, and the International Red Cross.

Actual series size: 1.5 feet.

Office of the Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs - Director - Iran/Iraq

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

Note: Directors for this period are as follows: V. Dayal, N. A. Fochine, F. T. Liu, G. L. Sherry, I. Palenykh, J-C. Aime, G. Feissel, V. N. Misharin and I. S. Riza.

Series consists of confidential reports, UNDP-Tehran reports, Iran / Iraq background materials, Security Council documents / UN documents, UN draft treaties, legal information, an Iran / Iraq boundary study, the records of five shuttle trips taken by Olof Palme, chronological and administrative files, cease-fire administration files, Department of Public Information (DPI) press releases, and inspection reports. Subjects include the Suez; vessels; shipwreck clearance; Gulf related publications; prisoners of war 1982-1983 (POW's); POW camps (1984); the POW mission (1984-1985) exchange of POW's (1985); the Shatt-al-Arab waterway; the Iraq / Iran boundary; resolution 540 (1983); and chemical weapons. Correspondents include the Secretary-General's Special Envoy O. Palme; and Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs D. Cordovez.

Accession number: 1989/111
Actual series size: 7 boxes

Office of the Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs - Subject Files

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA) (1959-1972: Bunche; 1965-1970: Rolz-Bennett; 1970-1978: Guyer; 1974-1985: Urquhart))

Series consists of cables, correspondence, memoranda, press reports, press releases, information on television coverage, Security Council Reports and UN documents maintained by and for the use of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs. Subjects include material for Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim's press conferences; information on Waldheim's trips to Cyprus, Cairo, Damascus, Riyadh, Beirut, Amman, Jerusalem, Cairo, Syria, Europe, China, Chile, Argentina and the West Asia Gulf States; notes for R. E. Guyer's trip to Scandinavia; airplane hijackings; El-Air, Swiss Air, BOAC and TWA 707 incidents; the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO); the International Air Transport Association (IATA); the International Federation of Airline Pilots Association (IFAPA); and S/RES/286. Correspondents include Chief Information Officer R. Stajouhar; and the above listed Under-Secretaries-General

Accession number: 1982/124

Actual series size: 4 boxes


Organisation des Nations Unies au Congo (ONUC)

Series documents the mediation and peacekeeping efforts of Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold, Brian E. Urquhart and other senior UN officials such as Dr. Ralph Bunche during the Katanga secessionist movement in the Republic of the Congo (1960-1964). Represented are the following United Nations task forces: Organization de Nations Unies Du Congo (ONUC), UN Advisory Committee on the Congo and the UN Conciliation Commission for the Congo. The series is arranged in three broad categories: cables (incoming and outgoing code cables), subject files, and the records of the United Nations Conciliation Commission of the Congo. The series includes minutes of meetings, correspondence, press releases, speeches, and photographs. Correspondents include SG Hammarskjold, Haile Selassie (Emperor of Ethiopia), Joseph Kasa-Vubu (President of the Republic of Congo), Cyrille Adoula (Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo), Moise Tshombe (President of the secessionist African state of Katanga) and Kwame Nkrumah (President of Ghana). Documented in this series is the withdrawal of UN forces from the Republic of the Congo (1964), the incident at Elisabethville (1961) and an inquiry into the death of Dag Hammarskjold (1961).


Series consists of records relating to United Nations peacekeeping operations, stand-by forces and military observers. Includes a number of files dating from 1947 to 1971 that pertain to the establishment of United Nations peacekeeping missions. Miscellaneous files pertaining to peacekeeping include correspondence, reports, official government statements, some photographs and documents regarding proposals for a permanent United Nations peacekeeping force. Also included in the series are files that pertain to the United Nations Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, the United Nations Observation Group in Lebanon (UNOGIL) and the United Nations Yemen Observer Mission (UNYOM). Some records of James Jonah and Lt. General Prem Chand are also included, as well as files containing published material related to peacekeeping by Brigadier F. R. Henn and Colonel L. M. K. Skern.

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