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Ralph J. Bunche - Subject Files

UN. Office for the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (OUSGSPA)

Note: These papers pre-date the establishment of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs. Bunche served as the USG from 1958-1972

Series consists of the papers retained by Ralph J. Bunche throughout his employment with the UN. Subjects include the 1949 Israel-TransJordan General Armistice Agreement (annexes contain maps); the 1949 Israel-Syrian General Armistice Agreement; the Convention d'Armistice; the 1949 Israel-Lebanese General Armistice agreement (with map); armistice negotiations; and congratulatory messages conferred upon Bunche for his receipt of various awards and honors. Files contain the original armistice agreements with signatures.

Accession number: 95/008

Actual series size: 1 box

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Ralph Bunche - work at the United Nations and elsewhere - 1945-1972

Trusteeship Division, Department of Trusteeship and Information from Non-Self Governing Territories (1945: Bunche); Under-Secretary (without department) (1955-1957: Bunche); USG for SPA (1958-1967: Bunche); OUSCCA (1963: Bunche); USG for SPA (1968-1971: Bunche)
Series consists of numbered, unnumbered and only code cables (incoming and outgoing), clear cables, correspondence (correspondents include Richard Nixon), memoranda, United Nations documents, meeting minutes and verbatim reports, handwritten notes, drafts of correspondence and reports, speeches, maps, and photographs documenting Ralph Bunche's tenure at the United Nations. Of special note are personal papers of Ralph Bunche, which include publications; drafts; and handwritten notes on meetings and social events, childhood and family reminiscences, commentaries on racial incidents in the U.S. and notes exchanged with the Secretaries-General. Also included in the series are some original papers of Dag Hammarskjold. Bulk of the materials date from 1947-1971. Subjects include peace-keeping efforts in the Congo; Bahrain; India and Pakistan; Yemen; Cyprus; and the Middle East, including the Palestine Mediator's Mission (1948-1949), the Suez crisis, the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), and the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF). Other subjects include the International Employees Loyalty Board hearing on Ralph Bunche (1954), the International Atomic Energy Agency and conferences on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, Secretary-General meetings, Vietnam, the Survey Group on Overseas Offices, travel, and personnel cases. Correspondents include Secretaries-General Dag Hammarskjold and U Thant.
File list available; for box 1 file 3 through box 7 file 3 see the end of the file list.
Contains film documenting the take-off of Dag Hammarskjold's trip for N'dola, 1961 (prior to plane crash). 16mm black & white film.
Actual series size: 49 boxes
Accession number: 96/120, boxes 1-25

Preparatory Commission of the United Nations

Series contains records pertaining to the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations, which was established on 26 June 1945 and phased out by the General Assembly decision of 11 January 1946 that the Executive Secretary of the commission would act as the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The commission was established to make provisional arrangements for the first sessions of the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, and the Trusteeship Council; to establish the Secretariat; to convene the International Court of Justice. The series consists of records collected by Brian Urquhart which pertain to the commission and some records created during the course of the commission's activities. The series also contains records pertaining to Gladwyn Jebb, who served as Executive Secretary of the Commission. Records consist of correspondence, reports, minutes and cables.

Commissions, committees, and conferences

Series documents United Nations conferences that relate to non-aggressive uses of scientific knowledge and atomic energy. The majority of files pertain to the organization and carrying out of the First United Nations International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy (1955), the Second United Nations International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy (1958), and the Third United Nations International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy (1964). ICPUAE documents include correspondence, reports, programs, handbooks, verbatim records of sessions, bound volumes of conference proceedings and press briefings. Also included are records pertaining to the final Conference on the Statute of the International Atomic Energy Agency (1956), as well as records pertaining to the IAEA's establishment as an independent organization. A few subject files of the Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation are included. Correspondence, working papers and reports of the United Nations Scientific Advisory Committee and of the Conference on the Application of Science and Technology (1961) are also included (documents of the latter include photographs). The series also contains records of the Administrative Committee on Co-ordination, the Collective Measures Committee and the Additional Measures Committee.

Peacekeeping

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.

Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim - Political - country files - Middle East

Series is comprised of documents related to United Nations diplomacy and peacekeeping missions in the Middle East, particularly Israel, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Cyprus, Jordan, Syria, Palestine and the West Bank. Historical and subject files contain correspondence, reports, statements, cables and press clippings related to the Egypt/Israel disengagement agreements, the Israel/Syria Disengagement Agreement (1974), Camp David agreements, the Cairo Conference (1978), and the Secretary-General's and Brian Urquhart's trips to the Middle East. Files regarding the hijacking of aircraft, assassination attempts and terrorism are included, as well as files pertaining to the Wadi al Ayn incident in south Lebanon (1980) and other incidents. Series also includes subject files, clear cables and code cables of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), the United Nations Emergency Force (I and II), the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), and the United Nations Middle East Mission (UNMEM). The series also includes subject files concerning Sadruddin Aga Khan's mission in Lebanon; correspondence and statements of the Palestine Liberation Organization; ground plans, maps, photographs and documents concerning the assault on Government House in Jerusalem in 1967; and records pertaining to the mission in Jerusalem of Ernest A. Thalmann, Personal Representative of the Secretary-General.

Afghanistan - Iran - Iraq

Records in this series relate to United Nations diplomacy in Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. Subject files document diplomatic relations between Soviet Union and Afghanistan from 1980-1984, the Secretary-General's visits to Pakistan and Afghanistan (1981), the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-1981 and diplomatic relations between the United States and Iran. Files also pertain to the Iran/Iraq war, the early regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Security Council meetings and resolutions pertaining to the Iran/Iraq war, the situation in the Persian Gulf and the use of chemical weapons. Documents in the series include correspondence, press briefings, code cables, reports, statements and notes.

Africa (except Congo)

Series documents the interactions of Brian E. Urquhart and other senior UN officials with leaders of African countries excepting Congo. Also documented is UN involvement in peacekeeping in the Western Sahara region (1980-1984), humanitarian efforts in Nigeria and Biafra (1968-1970), and the refugee crisis in Rwanda and Burundi (1963-1966). Arranged alphabetically by country or region in the following order: Africa (general information), Biafra, Burundi, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Libya, Nigeria, Rwanda/Burundi, Somalia/Horn of Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zaire and Zambia. Documents in the series include correspondence, code cables, reports and notes.

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).

United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP)

Series documents the efforts of the United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) to safeguard the sovereignty of the Cyprus government during a period of armed conflict between Turkish and Greek Cypriots. Included are records that document the political and military situation on the island as well as UNFICYP Intercommunal Talks (1971-1982). Records include code cables, letters, press clippings, and photographs. Correspondence via code cable between Turk, Greek, Cypriot and UN officials comprise the bulk of the series. Arranged in the following broad categories: code cables, correspondence, and subject files, which include records that document incidents and episodes.

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