Contents and Arrangement

Subseries 4, Missions of Director-General, 1948-1969

17 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Series 1: International Labour Organisation Files, Subseries 4: Missions of Director-General (1948-1969) consists of material, in the form of discrete volumes, documenting Morse's official visits, as Director-General, to ILO member countries throughout the world. His missions range from his visit to Italy in connection with the then newly established Manpower Programme of the ILO in 1948 to his attendance at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Norway in 1969. In 1967, one of his busiest years, he travelled to Cameroon, the two Congos, Cyprus, Gabon, Ireland, Morocco, the Vatican, and Venezuela. The volumes in this subseries usually contain a detailed report on his mission and a background briefing on the host country. However, for some missions, only the background briefing is present, attributable in certain cases to the fact that the trip was merely a proposal.

The report component of these volumes contains detailed information on Morse's visits in the form of schedules, speeches, records of conversations, brochures, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The records of conversations are especially interesting. For example, during Morse's visit to the Vatican in 1967, Pope Paul VI made three direct and precise requests of the ILO: continue its mission; place an emphasis on education; and pay particular attention to Latin America, a field of obvious importance to the Church. In another conversation, this time with Leonid Brezhnev during Morse's mission to the Soviet Union in 1963, Brezhnev proudly described the various changes which had occurred in Moscow, the industrial sector, energy consumption, transportation, and the agricultural sector since his guest's last visit, noting, however, that the "Bolsheviks" were not content to be earthbound and, indeed, had already travelled millions of kilometers in space. He made it clear that the Soviet Union, though powerful, was pacific and that if the United States grasped this, the storm in which the superpowers found themselves would pass. As to the background briefings in these volumes, they consist of information on various aspects of the host country such as its geographical, social, financial, and political situation, and biographies of its leaders.


Arranged chronologically by year.

Collection History


Duplicates were separated from the April 2008 accession. No information about appraisal is available for the other accessions associated with this collection.


These papers were processed with the generous support of Mildred H. Morse, wife of the late David A. Morse, and the John Foster and Janet Avery Dulles Fund.

Processing Information

This collection was arranged and described by John S. Weeren with the able assistance of Fifi Chan and Tina Wang in 1995. Mildred Morse provided invaluable help in identifying photographs and contextualizing portions of this material. Additions received since 1995 were integrated into the collection by Adriane Hanson in 2008. Finding aid written by John S. Weeren in 1995. A subsequent accession in March 2011 was added to the collection as its own series, and the finding aid was updated at this time.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Subseries 4, Missions of Director-General; David A. Morse Papers, MC097, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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