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United Nations Office for Special Political Affairs (1955-1991) Series
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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

United Nations Operations in the Congo (ONUC) - Mercenaries in the Congo - Index Cards

UN. Executive Asistant to the Secretary-General (1946-1961: Cordier) Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1958-1972: Bunche)

Series consists of two card files containing index cards with the names of mercenaries, countries of origin, birthdate, information on position or service, or status. The card file also includes sections of mercenaries entitled "List by County," "No Nationality Mentioned," "Personnel involved in Arms Traffic," and "Stateless."

ATTN: SERIES HAS NO BOXES; ONLY TWO CARD FILES CONTAINING INDEX CARDS.

Accession Number: 72/88

United Nations Operations in the Congo (ONUC) - Personnel - Civilian Operations

UN. Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (1960-1962: MacFarquhar; 1963-1964: Duran)

Series consists of correspondence, incoming and outgoing clear cables, lists, and reports. These files originated from Special Assistant for Congo Civilian Operations Gustavo Duran and Special Advisor for Civilian Affairs in the Congo Sir Alexander MacFarquhar. Files include personnel administration records, information on hiring and candidates, levels of positions, status of recruitment, positions needed under the police training project, salaries, categories of positions, approval of posts, staff lists, information on titles and contracts, and extensions on contracts. Correspondents include Chief Administrative Officer Ben T. Twigt, Administrative Officer Joseph El Haj, Field Operations Service Administrator Carey Seward, and Special Assistant for Burundi and Rwanda Affairs Jan G. Schumacher.

Accession Numbers: A/431, A/433, A/521

Secretaries-General

Series contains Brian E. Urquhart's files pertaining to several Secretaries-General: Dag Hammarskjold, U Thant, Kurt Waldheim, and Javier Perez de Cuellar. Records include correspondence, photographs, interviews, press clippings, speeches, statements, press releases, transcripts and summaries of press conferences, and background material and introductions related to Annual Reports (1972-1985). Documented are speeches and other material written by Mr. Urquhart for the Secretaries-General. Records also pertain to Dag Hammarskjold's death in a plane crash as well as memorial services held in his honor. Series is arranged by name of 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).

First United Nations Emergency Force I (UNEF I) - Participating States Files

UN. Under-Secretary General without Department (1955-1957 : Bunche)
UN. Under-Secretary General for Special Political Affairs (1958-1972 : Bunche)

Series consists of letters, memoranda, reports, transcripts and selected United Nations documents relating to the Egypt-Israel Mixed Armistice Commision (EIMAC) investigations and hearings of alleged armistice agreement violations by either party, including testimonies of complainants, Commission findings and decisions, Security Council actions and press comments. Primary correspondents include Andrew Cordier, UNEF I Force Commanders, UNTSO Chiefs of Staff, Egypt's liaison office to the United Nations and the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations.

First United Nations Emergency Force I (UNEF I) - Participating States Files

Series consists of letters, cables, aide memoire, itineraries, name lists, resumes and medical certificates relating to the administration of military assistance, including consultations on agreements between participating states and the United Nations, rotation and repatriation of military personnel, logistics and miscellaneous financial arrangements. Primary correspondents include Andrew Cordier, Dag Hammarskjold, U Thant, Brian Urquhart, UNEF I Force Commanders and liaison staff of participating states, including Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Norway, Pakistan, Sweden, the United States of America and Yugoslavia.

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