Subseries 5D: United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Boxes 340-352, 651

This collection is stored at Mudd Manuscript Library.

Requests will be delivered to Public Policy Papers, MUDD Reading Room .

Collection Creator: Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965. .

Dates: 1946-1947.

Extent: Boxes 340-352, 651

Languages: English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research.


This subseries includes correspondence, subject files, statements, meeting notes, memoranda, and briefing notes illuminating the crises and issues that Stevenson addressed during his tenure as ambassador to the United Nations. These papers show Stevenson's involvement with the Cuban Missile Crisis, Cyprus, Congo, Israel, and Vietnam. Previously classified documents, released in 1987 by the State Department, are fully integrated into this subseries. In the correspondence files, much of the correspondence is with Assistant Secretary of State Harlan Cleveland and other State Department officials. Chronological files of outgoing correspondence duplicate some of this correspondence. Additional correspondence written in response to specific events, such as Stevenson's exchange with Zorin during the Cuban Missile Crisis, is included with the files pertaining to those events.

Particularly significant are Stevenson's handwritten notes, taken during meetings with the Secretary General, President, and the Security Council. In cases where the meeting was devoted to a single issue, the notes are arranged in the appropriate subject file; however, the majority of the meetings addressed a variety of issues. Because these notes are in Stevenson's hand and contain his unique abbreviations, they are in some cases difficult to decipher.

The files on United Nations financing document both fundraising through bond issues and the Article 19 controversy. By 1963, the Soviet Union had fallen into arrears due to their refusal to pay their allocation for U. N. peacekeeping efforts which they did not support. According to the U. N. charter, the Soviet Union could have voting rights in the General Assembly rescinded if they did not meet their financial obligations. Another major issue during Stevenson's tenure, the possible admission of Communist China to the United Nations, was protested by the American public; Stevenson received petitions signed by individuals opposing Chinese representation.

These papers also deal with the administrative side of the United States Mission, including personnel matters, budget, and appointment of officials. The protocol reports document the important social aspects of Stevenson's position.


The materials in this subseries are arranged alphabetically by folder title. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by last name of the correspondent. Files of outgoing correspondence are arranged chronologically, with Stevenson's personal correspondence arranged first. Correspondence written in response to specific events, such as Stevenson's exchange with Zorin during the Cuban Missile Crisis, is included with the files pertaining to those events.

Preferred Citation

Subseries 5D: United States Ambassador to the United Nations; 1946-1947; Adlai E. Stevenson Papers, Public Policy Papers, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library.

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    Title Date Container
    Address Book dates not examined Box 340, Folder 5
    Africa 1961-1965 Box 340, Folder 6
    Apartheid 1960-1964 Box 340, Folder 7
    Appointment and Diplomatic Passport 1961-1965 Box 340, Folder 8
    Arts and Decoration Committee 1961-1965 Box 340, Folder 9
    Cabinet Meetings 1961-1965 Box 340, Folder 10
    Cameroon Protest 1963 Box 340, Folder 11
    Chinese Representation 1961-1964 Box 340, Folder 12
    Colonialism 1961 Box 341, Folder 1
    Congo 1960-1965 Box 341, Folder 2-3
    Correspondence 1961-1965 Explore Multiple Containers
    Cuba 1960-1965 Explore Multiple Containers
    Cyprus 1958-1964 Box 347, Folder 6
    Dallas Incident 1963 Explore Multiple Containers
    Delegations 1963-1964 Box 348, Folder 3
    Disarmament 1960-1965 Box 348, Folder 4-5
    Dominican Republic 1965 Box 348, Folder 6
    Economic and Social Council 1961-1965 Box 348, Folder 7
    Financing 1961-1965 Explore Multiple Containers
    General Assembly 1962-1964 Explore Multiple Containers
    "The Greatest Story Ever Told" 1964-1965 Box 349, Folder 7
    Guest Lists 1961-1965 Box 349, Folder 8
    Hammarskjold, Dag 1961-1964 Box 349, Folder 9
    Inter-Cabinet Affairs 1962-1963 Explore Multiple Containers
    International School 1963-1965 Box 350, Folder 1
    Israel 1962-1964 Box 350, Folder 2
    Itineraries and Appointments 1962-1965 Box 350, Folder 3
    Kashmir 1962-1964 Box 350, Folder 4
    Korea 1961 Box 350, Folder 5
    Laos 1961 Box 350, Folder 6
    Latin America 1961-1962 Box 350, Folder 7
    Mail Control 1961-1965 Box 350, Folder 8
    Meeting Notes 1960-1965 Box 350, Folder 9
    Memoranda 1961-1965 Box 350, Folder 10
    Notes dates not examined Box 350, Folder 11
    Nuclear Test Ban Treaty 1962-1963 Box 350, Folder 12
    Permanent Missions 1963-1965 Box 350, Folder 13
    Personnel 1960-1965 Explore Multiple Containers
    Portrait of Stevenson, Painting by Ben Slocum 1964 Box 651
    Portugal 1961-1963 Box 351, Folder 2
    Presidential Memos 1960-1963 Box 351, Folder 3
    Press Releases 1961-1965 Box 351, Folder 4
    Protocol Reports 1961-1964 Box 351, Folder 5
    Reference Materials 1961-1965 Box 351, Folder 6
    Telsun Foundation Film Project 1963-1965 Box 351, Folder 7
    Thant, U 1961-1965 Box 351, Folder 8-9
    Training and Research Institute 1964 Box 351, Folder 10
    Travel Program 1963-1965 Box 351, Folder 11
    Tunisia 1961 Box 352, Folder 1
    Twentieth Anniversary Commemoration 1964-1965 Explore Multiple Containers
    Vietnam 1964-1965 Box 352, Folder 4-6
    Waldorf Towers 1961-1965 Box 352, Folder 7

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