Fonds AG-002 - United Nations Temporary London Office (1946)

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United Nations Temporary London Office (1946)


  • 1941 - 1947 (Creation)

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Size/Number of Items/Parts: 13.5 linear ft. of textual records, No. of Boxes: 27

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Established March 1946, officially closed 31 December 1946 (liquidation in process until the end of 1947).

The primary functions of the Office were to staff and service European-held conferences, to finance and staff United Nations offices abroad, and to recruit personnel for the new United Nations.

The Office had evolved further to the dissolution of the London-based Preparatory Commission of the United Nations, which had closed after the conclusion of the first session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (held in London).

The Office reported to the Secretary-General, by this time based in New York.

By May 1946 it was organized into the following sections: Languages, Information, General Services, Finance, and Personnel. The Executive Director was F. C. Sharpley. When liquidation of the Office had been completed, the remaining staff were formally merged with the new United Nations London Information Centre (under the Department of Public Information).

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Fonds consists of the records of the Temporary London Office, which primarily documents staff recruitment activities.

Also included in the fonds are files created earlier by the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations, which were brought forward into the filing system of the Temporary London Office.

Fonds is arranged in the following record series.

Accounting records (1945-1947) S-0934
Cables from the International Labour Organization and United Nations New York (1946-1947) S-0933
Central Registry files (1945-1947) S-0925
Executive Director's cable, information circulars and other records (1941-1947) S-0926

Related records: For the records of the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations see AG-009.

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      Related to: S-0933: Cables from the International Labour Organization and United Nations New York
      Related to: S-0925: Central Registry Files
      Related to: S-0926: Office of the Executive Director
      Related to: S-0934: Accounting records

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