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Secretary-General U Thant (1961-1971) Series
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Acting as Burmese Representative

Series relates to matters addressed by U Thant as the Permanent Representative of Burma to the UN. Issues such as peace-keeping missions, appointment as Secretary-General, critical situations in Cyprus, Hungary, South West Africa and the Korean Peninsula, UN administrative matters, representation within the UN, and disarmament are covered. The series also consists of speeches, interviews and memorabilia relating to U Nu, Prime Minister of Burma. Records consist of letters, memoranda, speeches, transcripts of interviews, reports, and briefs. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General; C.V. Narasimhan, Associate Managing Director of the UN Special Fund; Henry Cabot Lodge, Permanent Representative from the US; Frank N. Trager, Professor of International Affairs, New York University; U Nu, Prime Minister, Burma; Adlai Stevenson, Permanent Representative from the US. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971. Series arrangement: alphabetical.

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.

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.

Correspondence - Individuals and Organizations

Series consists of interview transcriptions, business cards, memoranda, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, agendas, brochures, cables, diagrams, handwritten notes and letters, maps, postcards, speeches, translations, agreements, cartoons, drafts, information circulars, invitations, press releases, resumes, notes for the record, programs, airfreight bills, magazines, journals, drawings, tear sheets. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: investigation into the death of Dag Hammarskjold; American public opinion regardingand the Secretary-General; donations; situation in the Middle East, Occupied Territories; biography of U Thant entitled U Thant - the Search for Peace by June Bingham; Hymn to theby W.H. Auden and Pablo Casals; conflict in Vietnam; assassination of Martin Luther King; situation in Tibet and the Dalai Lama; Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation; nuclear disarmament;25th Anniversary; changes in the new charter for the UN; acknowledgements of books, gifts, requests, assistance and comments; appointments requested by letter; interview by David Sureck for Look Magazine; offers of services; regrets for invitations to speak, articles, photos, sponsorship and messages; end of the year statements by U Thant; Christmas card lists; shots fired at the Soviet mission; Dag Hammarskjold memorial, death, foundation and 10th anniversary. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General; C.V. Narasimhan, Chef de Cabinet; Piero Vinci, Permanent Representative from Italy; June Bingham, Author; Dalai Lama; Henry T. Heald, President, Ford Foundation; Thor Heyerdahl, Explorer; Jacqueline Kennedy; Coretta Scott King; John V. Lindsay, Mayor, City of New York; Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, President and Publisher, The New York Times; Bertrand Russell; George Ivan Smith, Director,Information Centre; Brian Urquhart, Director, Offices of the Under-Secretaries-General for Special Political Affairs; Robert Muller, Director, Executive Office of the Secretary-General; Eleanor Roosevelt. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.

Disarmament

Series consists of cables, aide-memoires, agenda, handwritten notes, rules of procedure, drafts, minutes of meetings, press releases, Security Council resolutions, minutes of conferences, reports, letters, memoranda, newspaper clippings, situation reports, press statements, General Assembly documents, and General Assembly resolutions. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: nuclear weapons; chemical and biological warfare; proposed germ warfare ban; proposed nuclear test ban treaties; nuclear strategies; Strategic Arms Limitations Talks (SALT); Conference of Eighteen-nation Committee on Disarmament; Conference of Non-Nuclear Weapons States; Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons; International Atomic Energy Agency; "Security Without Nuclear Weapons," a paper by Duncan Sandys; economic and social consequences of the arms race and weapons spending; and General Assembly Resolution 1664 (XVI), which suggested that non-nuclear weapons producing states should agree to continue not producing or buying nuclear weapons. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General; Alexei E. Nesterenko, Under-Secretary for Political and Security Council Affairs; M.A. Vellodi, Deputy to the Under-Secretary, Political and Security Council Affairs; M.A. Vellodi, Director, Department of Political and Security Council Affairs; L.N. Kutakov, Under-Secretary for Political and Security Council Affairs; C.V. Narasimhan, Under Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Chef de Cabinet; Jose Rolz-Bennett, Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs; M.E. Chacko, Officer-in-Charge, Department of Political and Security Council Affairs; Omar Loutfe; V.P. Suslov, Under-Secretary, Political and Security Council Affairs; William Epstein, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, European Office of the UN; D. Protitch, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the Eighteen-Nation Committee on Disarmament; Pier P. Spinelli, Director-General of United Nations Office in Geneva; Phillippe de Seynes, Under-Secretary for Economic and Social Affairs; William Epstein, Director, Disarmament Affairs Division, Department of Political and Security Council Affairs; Constantin A. Stavropoulos, Legal Counsel; and Ilkka Pastinen, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the Conference of the Committee on Disarmament. Files are arranged by subject in a loose chronological order. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.

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.

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.

Gifts - Photograph Albums

Series consists of photo albums, many of which were official gifts from member nations to the Secretary-General during his travels. In addition, there is a small volume of photographs albums which date from the period when U Thant was ambassador of Burma to the United Nations. Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult the archivist. Arranged chronologically.

Locations: Boxes 1 to 14 are shelved at Q323-R011-SU01; boxes 15 to 28 are in SU02; oversized and unboxed albums associated with boxes 1 to 28 are all in SU02.

Manuscript - A View from the United Nations

Series consists of drafts, handwritten notes and notebooks which constitute the manuscript for U Thant's book, View from the UN. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: the Middle East situation; the situation in Vietnam; ONUC, the Congo peace-keeping mission; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the role of the Secretary-General; and the United Nations financial crisis. Arranged by record type.

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