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Peacekeeping - Official Documents

Series is comprised of official United Nations documents on peacekeeping matters, arranged in by subject. Subjects are: Middle East; Congo; India - Pakistan; Vietnam; China; Secretary-General (matters referred to); hijacking; kidnapping of diplomats; financing of Peacekeeping operations. Arranged in the preceding order, and therein by type of official document (e.g. General Assembly, Security Council, press releases, etc.).

Private Records - 1971-1974 - Post Retirement

Series consists of cables, handwritten notes, interview transcriptions, reel-to-reel tapes, minutes of conferences, photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, reports, speeches, drafts, memoranda, press releases and resumes. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: the culmination of U Thant's career as Secretary-General; the Cuban missile crisis; apartheid; the situation in Vietnam; the Six Day War; world population; peace-keeping; disarmament; U Thant's medical condition and treatment; U Thant's death and condolences; post-retirement correspondence with the UN, various organizations, associations, colleges and universities; Dag Hammarskjold Memorial Scholarship; papers of Adlai E. Stevenson and the Adlai E. Stevenson Institute; memoirs; tributes to U Thant by the General Assembly. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General; George H.W. Bush, Permanent Representative from the US; Kurt Waldheim, Secretary-General; Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, UN High Commissioner for Refugees; Glenn A. Olds, President, Kent State University; Lord Caradon, Permanent Representative from the UK; John D. Rockefeller, 3rd; Nelson A. Rockefeller, Governor, State of New York; Charles W. Yost, Permanent Representative from the US; John V. Lindsay, Mayor, City of New York; Indar Jit Rikhye, President, International Peace Academy. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971. Series arrangement: alphabetical.

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.

Private Records - Season's Greetings Cards

Series consists of greeting cards, photographs, receipts, newspaper clippings, letters, postcards, business cards, brochures and invitations. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: holiday greeting cards from permanent representatives, heads of state, members of governments, organizations, government officials, personal friends and the general public; U Thant's birthday, retirement and health; the UN Annual Ball; Robert F. Kennedy's requiem mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral; and the Vietnam conflict. Correspondents include John Lindsay, Mayor, City of New York; Richard M. Nixon, President, USA; Anwar El Sadat, President, United Arab Republic; the Dalai Lama; Ted Kennedy, US Senator; Golda Meir, Prime Minister, Israel; Nelson A. Rockefeller, Governor, State of New York; John D. Rockefeller, 3rd; Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971. Series arrangement: chronological.


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

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.

Administrative Files

Series documents the administrative aspects of the Secretary-General's responsibilities. The administrative filing system was arranged into the following broad functional areas: organization, general administration (SG's annual reports, departments, UNOG, meetings, public relations, etc.), buildings, finance and budget, and personnel (staff associations, Soviet and Chinese staff case files, top echelon posts, etc.). Correspondents are primarily senior staff and some member state representatives. Arranged in functional categories; please note that the last boxes of the series had been separated from the filing system so appear out of sequence.
Variations in title: Previously called "Administrative matters"
Source of title: Title based on function (and taken from previous finding aid).


Series is comprised of a small collection of files about several topics, i.e., the Charter, "decolonization", etc. Records include correspondence, handwritten notes, press releases, etc. Arranged in topical sections and therein chronologically.

Subsidiary Bodies

Series documents the liaison of the Secretary-General with the subsidiary bodies of the United Nations and other related bodies: the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Disaster Relief Coordinator (UNDRO), the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations International School (UNIS), the United Nations Institute for Training (UNITAR), the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA), the United Nations University (UNU), and the University for Peace. Records include correspondence, handwritten notes, speeches, UN documents, etc. Arranged alphabetically by organization, and therein chronologically.

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