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Secretary-General U Thant (1961-1971) Series
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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.

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.

United Nations Observation Mission (UNYOM)

Series consists of agendas, cables, handwritten notes, letters, reports, speeches, translations, drafts, minutes of meetings, press releases, security council resolutions, biographical notes, incident reports, notes on press conferences. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: Security Council draft resolutions on Yemen, Ghana and Morocco; UN observation assistance to Yemen; intervention of UAR and Saudi Arabia in Yemen's internal affairs; appointment of Pier P. Spinelli as Secretary-General's Special Representative in Yemen; British air attacks on sites in Yemen; UAR attacks on Saudi Arabia; reviews of newspaper articles on situation in Yemen; meetings between U Thant and representatives of the UAR, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the UK; air support for UNYOM; rotation of UNYOM personnel; alleged use of poison gas by UAR; Mutual Defense Pact between UAR and Yemen; UAR-Saudi Arabia Agreement for disengagement; creation of the position of High Commissioner for Human Rights; progress reports of UNYOM commanders. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General; Major General Carl Carlsson von Horn, Commander, UNYOM; Colonel Branko Pavlovic, Acting Commander, UNYOM; Mohsin A. Alaini, Permanent Representative from Yemen Arab Republic; Patrick Dean, Permanent Representative from the UK; Ambassador Baroody, Saudi Arabia; Dr. Pharoun, Saudi Arabia; Dr. Fawzi, UAR; B.F. Osorio-Tafall, Resident Representative in the UAR; Abdallah Al Sallal, President, Yemen Arab Republic; N. Fedorenko, Permanent Representative from USSR; Mahmoud Riad, Permanent Representative from UAR; Pier P. Spinelli, Secretary-General's Special Representative in Yem. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.
DAG 1 / 5.2.2.9

Peacekeeping

Series consists of cables, aide-memoires, letters, handwritten notes, drafts, lists, General Assembly documents, General Assembly draft resolutions, General Assembly resolutions, press releases, Security Council documents, reports, speeches, memoranda, and newspaper clippings. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: financing of peace-keeping operations; strengthening of peace-keeping missions; Special Committee on Peace-Keeping Operations; training of peace-keeping forces; positions of the USSR and France on peace-keeping; lists of conflicts needing peace-keeping forces; and issues of command of peace-keeping forces. 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; Brian Urquhart, Under Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs; Alexei E. Nesterenko, Under-Secretary, Department of Political and Security Council Affairs; General I.J. Rikhye, Military Advisor to the Secretary-General; and M.A. Vellodi, Deputy to the Under-Secretary, Political and Security Council Affairs. Files are arranged by subject. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.

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.

Peacekeeping - Cuba

Series consists of cables, handwritten notes, General Assembly documents, drafts, lists, memoranda, press releases, letters, packing lists, Security Council documents, Security Council draft resolutions, speeches, reports, postcards, newspaper clippings, press statements, translations, and minutes of meetings. Subjects include but are not limited to the following: Cuban Missile Crisis; cables and letters from general public urging U Thant and United Nations to intervene in the crisis; Secretary-General's visit to Cuba in October 1962; agricultural aid to Cuba; negotiating Red Cross aid to Cuba; United States blockade of Cuba; and United States government's denial of visas to Cuban United Nations delegates. Correspondents include U Thant, Secretary-General; C.V. Narasimhan, Under Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Chef de Cabinet; Constantin A. Stavropoulos, Legal Counsel; Bruce R. Turner, Controller of the United Nations; Pier P. Spinelli, Director-General of United Nations Office in Geneva; Jose Rolz-Bennett, Deputy Chef de Cabinet; Leopold Boissier, President, International Committee of the Red Cross; Adlai Stevenson, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations; Carlos M. Lechuga Hevia, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations; Mario Garcia Inchaustegui, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations; Raul Rao, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cuba; Valerian A. Zorin, Permanent Representative of the USSR to the United Nations; Arthur J. Goldberg, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations; Ricardo Alarcon, Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations; Fidel Castro, Prime Minister of the Revolutionary Government of Cuba; and Nikita Kruschev, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union. Files are arranged by subject. U Thant was Secretary-General from 1961 to 1971.
DAG 1 / 5.2.2.6.1

Political Matters - Country Files

Series consists of member states case files documenting the correspondence of the Secretary-General with heads-of-state, General Assembly representatives, and others, including correspondence about crises within countries among top echelon staff. Records include correspondence, handwritten notes, code cables, photographs, newspaper clippings, minutes of meetings, and a variety of other types. Arranged alphabetically by country.

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.).

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.

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