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Subseries 5D: United States Ambassador to the United Nations, 1958-1965

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Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

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 According to the U. N. charter, the Soviet Union could have voting rights in the General Assembly rescinded if they did not meet their financial obligations.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.

Arrangement

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.

Collection History

Appraisal

Materials separated from this collection during processing in 2010 include newspaper clippings from major newspapers on Stevenson's political career, scrapbooks that are also available on microfilm, and duplicate photographs. Approximately one inch of news clippings on Stevenson were separated from accession ML.2014.002, as were duplicative, unannotated typescripts of speeches.

Sponsorship:

These papers were processed with the generous support of Mrs. Barry Bingham, William McC. Blair, Jr., Nona Cox, Mrs. J. Edward Day, Jane Warner Dick, Phyllis Gustafson, the Estate of Elizabeth S. Ives, Timothy R. Ives, Philip M. Klutznick, Nan McEvoy, Josephine P. McGowan, Newton N. Minow, Adlai E. Stevenson III, John Fell Stevenson, Maurice Tempelsman, and Willard Wirtz. Funding for the digitization of records in this collection was provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan J. Illis in 1996-1997 with assistance from Carl D. Esche, Katherine Johnson, Sue Jean Kim, Debra Levin, Damian Long, James Macgillivray, Cei Maslen, Michelle Peart, Patrick Shorb, and Elizabeth Williamson. Materials received after the collection was processed were integrated by Adriane Hanson in 2010. Additonal donations made after 2010 were integrated into the collection by Mudd Library staff.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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.

Series 11 is composed of audiovisual materials in various formats.

Credit this material:

Subseries 5D: United States Ambassador to the United Nations; Adlai E. Stevenson Papers, MC124, Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Location:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Boxes 340-352; 651

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Brown, Edmund G. (Edmund Gerald), 1905-1996
Brown, Stuart Gerry, 1912-1991
Cleveland, Harlan
Cockrell, Ewing
Cousins, Norman
Daley, Richard J., 1902-1976.
Day, James Edward, 1914-
Dick, Jane
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
Field, Ruth
Finletter, Thomas K. (Thomas Knight), 1893-1980
Fritchey, Clayton
Fulbright, J. William
Garrison, Lloyd
Glassford, Deborah
Gromyko, Andreĭ Andreevich, 1909-1989
Hammarskjøld, Dag 1905-1961
Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986
Harris, Seymour Edwin, 1897-1974
Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978
Ives, Elizabeth Stevenson, 1897-1994
Johnson, Gerald W. (Gerald White), 1890-1980
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines) (1908-1973)
Kefauver, Estes, 1903-1963
Kennedy, John F. John Fitzgerald 1917-1963
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Lasker, Mary
Meyer, Agnes Elisabeth Ernst, 1887-
Minow, Newton N. (1926-)
Mitchell, Stephen A.
Neuberger, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1912-1960
Nixon, Richard M. Richard Milhous 1913-1994
Patterson, Alicia, 1906-1963
Raeburn, Sam, 1882-1961
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
Roosevelt, James, 1907-1991
Rostow, W. W. (Walt Whitman), 1916-2003
Rusk, Dean, 1909-1994
Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. (Arthur Meier), 1917-2010
Schweitzer, Albert, 1875-1965.
Sparkman, John, 1899-1985
Spears, Mary, Lady
Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.
Stevenson, Ellen Borden
Stevenson, John Fell, 1936-
Stevenson, Nancy Anderson
Swig, Benjamin
Tempelsman, Maurice
Thant, U, 1909-1974.
Tito, Josip Broz, 1892-1980
Tree, Marietta, 1917-1991
Truman, Harry S. (1884-1972)
Warburg, James P. (James Paul), 1896-1969
Ward, Barbara, 1914-1981
Wrzos, Konrad
Wyatt, Wilson W. (Wilson Watkins), 1905-1996
Wylie, Jean
Yoakum, Robert, 1922-