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Secretary-General U Thant (1961-1971) Series
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Speeches, Messages, Statements, and Addresses

Series consists of handwritten notes, speeches, messages of condolence, offprints, periodicals, newspaper clippings, cables, General Assembly documents, General Assembly resolutions, aide-memoires, budgets, information circulars, drafts, statements, programs, press releases, letters, translations, press statements, and transcripts of press conferences. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: disarmament; United Nations budget; flag-raising ceremonies for new countries admitted to the United Nations; Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs); trusteeship and decolonization; environment; development; appeals for assistance for East Pakistan and Jordan; United Nations organs; political situation in the Congo and in Vietnam; United Nations Staff Day; United Nations committees; anniversaries of organs, NGOs and other entities; memorial ceremonies; and congratulatory messages to heads of state. Correspondents include 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; Ramses Nassif, Senior Information Officer; Lucien Lemieux, Secretary to the Secretary-General; and Robert Muller. Files are arranged alphabetically by title of speech or institution given to. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.

Related records: See also the press releases, which contain additional statements, etc.

Statements

Series consists of press statements, interview transcriptions, transcriptions of press conferences, and lists. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: United Nations' budget; development; human rights; United Nations Development Decade; political situation in Vietnam; decolonization; World Food Conference; Trust Fund for South Africa; UNIPOM and India/Pakistan dispute; political situation in Cyprus, UNFICYP, and paying for UNFICYP; Secretary-General's trips; nuclear test ban treaty; purchase of UN bonds by member states; flag-raising ceremonies; political situation in the Congo and ONUC; disarmament; appointment of UN personnel; messages of condolence; emergency relief and assistance to member states; pledging conferences; natural disasters; and voluntary monetary contributions by member states. Arranged 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.

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

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.

Personnel

Series consists of the personnel case files of top echelon staff the responsibility of the Secretary-General. The files served as biographical files as well as administrative files. Records vary widely including correspondence and code cables handwritten notes programs press statements newspaper clippings etc. Arranged alphabetically by case file.

Secretariat - Administration and Organization

Series consists of records relating to the position of the Secretary-General, and to a variety of administrative matters such reporting and budgeting, oversight of departments and units, reorganization of the Secretariat, staff matters, building matters, and related. Arranged in two broad categories, the Secretary-General position, then all others, and within these alphabetically by file title.

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.

Peacekeeping - Middle East

Series consists of appendices, business cards, code cables, interview transcriptions, memoranda, newspaper clippings, photographs, tables, cables, handwritten notes, letters, reports, translations, agreements, cartoons, drafts, proposals, minutes of meetings, press releases, summary records of meetings, transcripts of press conferences, lists. Subjects include but are not limited to the following circumstances surrounding the Six Day War fund for Arab refugees positions of Israel and United Arab Republic (UAR) on the conflict and requirements for resolution Armistice Demarcation Line violations of Syrian-Israeli border Jordanian attacks on Israeli forces in Jerusalem closing of the Gulf of Aqaba decision to withdraw UNEF forces from UAR/Israeli border Big Four proposals for action in the Middle East terrorism demilitarization of the Sinai Peninsula cease fire Gunnar Jarring's reports on Middle East negotiations implementation of Security Council Resolution 242 good faith accord between Dag Hammarskjold and President Nasser regarding the UNEF in the UAR emergency meetings of the General Assembly death of President Nasser and the ascension of Anwar El-Sadat disunity between Arab states in the General Assembly attack on Government House in Jerusalem appeals made on the part of Iraqi Jews tried and convicted on charges of espionage appeals made on the part of nine Soviet Jews who were tried and convicted of hijacking a commercial airliner in Leningrad selection of Bibiano Osorio-Tafall as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Cyprus application of the Geneva Convention to UN forces. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General Michael Comay, Permanent Representative from Israel Abdul Monem Rifai, Permanent Representative from Jordan Ambassador Gunnar Jarring, Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the Middle East Abba Eban, Foreign Minister, Israel Mahmoud Riad, Minister of Foreign Affairs, UAR Colin T. Crowe, Permanent Representative from the UK Constantin A. Stavropoulos, Legal Counsel Golda Meir, Prime Minister, Israel Mohammed El-Kony, Permanent Representative from the UAR Yakov Malik, Permanent Representative from USSR Yosef Tekoah, Permanent Representative from Israel Arthur J. Goldberg, Permanent Representative from the US Dr. Ralph J. Bunche, Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs Lt. General Odd Bull, Chief of Staff, UNTSO. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.

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