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Secretary-General U Thant (1961-1971) Série organique
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Private Records - 1961-1971

Series consists of code cables, cables, forms, handwritten notes, photographs, translations, letters, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings, reports, speeches, drafts, invitations and resumes. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: the death of U Thant's son - condolences; heath issues, especially reoccurring ulcer - 'get well' wishes and concern; personal finances - housing, transportation, salary and accounts; birth of grandchildren; personal information on U Thant's family; birthday congratulations; Chinese representation in the UN; the situation in Vietnam; and daily reports from regional. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General; C.V. Narasimhan, Chef de Cabinet; Jose Rolz-Bennett, Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs; C.A. Stavropoulos, Legal Counsel; Charles W. Yost, Permanent Representative, US; Y.A. Malik, Permanent Representative, USSR; Adlai E. Stevenson, Permanent Representative, US; Lord Caradon, Permanent Representative, UK; Dean Rusk, Secretary of State, US. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.

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.

Public Relations

Series documents the ceremonial public events of particular importance to the United Nations which the Secretary-General attended. These include receptions, special days, visits of dignitaries, the United Nations 25th Anniversary celebrations, and the like. Records include correspondence, handwritten notes, speeches, photographs, news clippings, code cables, invitations, menus, etc.

United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC) - Files and Correspondence

Series consists of United Nations Operation in the Congo records of both Secretaries-General Hammarskjold (1953-1961) and U Thant. U Thant became Acting Secretary-General on 3 November 1961 he was appointed Secretary-General on 30 November 1962. The records were created in the course of political military and support activities relating to peacekeeping operations in the Congo during this period. In addition to subject files there is a set of Secretary-General Hammarskjold's correspondence with member states pertaining to the problems in the Congo. After his accidental airplane death in the Congo on 18 September 1961 interim officials including Acting Secretary-General U Thant kept subsequent Congo records files with Hammarskjold's. Included is Secretary-General U Thant's correspondence with member states pertaining to the problems in the Congo. In addition there is a set of U Thant's clear cables. Boxes 1 to 6 of this series are Hammarkskjold records while boxes 7 to 12 are U Thant records. Arranged in various sets of files as follows - correspondence and cables (to September 1961) correspondence with member states (to September 1961) then a set of 10 files on unrest, incidents etc. (14 July 1960 to 19 June 1961) Secretary-General U Thant's country files (predominantly to 1963) some of U Thant's subject files and his clear cables (November 1961 to June 1964).

United Nations Operation in the Congo (ONUC) - Advisory Committee Verbatim Minutes

Administrative history The United Nations Advisory Committee on the Congo held its first meeting on 24 August 1960 it was dissolved after 23 April 1963. Chaired by the Secretary-General, with members from Canada, Ceylon, Ethiopia, Federation of Malaya, Ghana, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Liberia, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sudan, Sweden, Tunisia, and the United Arab Republic. Immediately after Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold's death of 18 September 1961 Mr. Barnes of Liberia served as the chair. Acting Secretary-General U Thant began serving on the 17 November 1961.

Series consists of bound volumes of photostats of the minutes of the Advisory Committee on the Congo, originally the copies of Mr. Labouisse. Arranged in two sets, one in English, one in French, and within each set chronologically.

Conditions of access Series was originally classified confidential now declassified.

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.

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.

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.).

Peacekeeping - Vietnam

Series consists of aide-memoires, handwritten notes, cables, drafts, lists, General Assembly draft resolutions, press releases, letters, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings, reports, interview transcriptions, itineraries, and translations. Subjects include but are not limited to the following U Thant's efforts to mediate Vietnam conflict cessation of bombing by United States United States withdrawal from Vietnam USSR's relationship with Vietnam Ralph Bunche's meetings with Adlai Stevenson possibility of United Nations observers in Saigon U Thant's meetings with Arthur Goldberg, United States Representative to the United Nations negotiations leading up to the Paris Peace talks and the Pope's potential visit to Vietnam. 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 U Thant, Secretary-General Jose Rolz-Bennett, Acting Chef de Cabinet Lord Caradon, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations Alain L. Dangeard Norman Ho, Chief, Overseas Briefing Unit, External Relations Division, Office of Public Information Pope Paul VI and Ho Chi Minh, President, Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Files are arranged by subject. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.
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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.

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