Archives of Secretariat Departments

The archives of each department of the United Nations Secretariat is arranged in a discrete collection, or ‘fonds.’ In addition to these departmental collections, there are also records from former Central Registry of the United Nations:

  • Registry Files: the first records registry was set up during the London period of the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations (between 21 November 1945 and 31 January 1946) and patterned after that of the British Foreign Office. The system was discontinued in 1979, however, the fonds include records dating up to 1983. The registry system was succeeded by decentralized recordkeeping by departments in consultation with the Archives Section's records management programme.  
  • Departmental archives: arranged according to the departmental organization of the Secretariat (from 1946 to present) and include the archives of: the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the Office of Legal Affairs, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the Office of Public Information, the Department of Trusteeship and Non-Self Governing Territories, the Department of Political and Security Council Affairs, and many others.
Secretariat Departments Dates Finding Aid
Registry Files   1946-1983 AG-025
  Central Registry Section 1946-1947  
  Branch Registries 1948-1954  
  Registry Section 1954-1983  
Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)   AG-004
  Department of Economic Affairs 1946-1955  
  Department of Social Affairs 1946-1954  
  Technical Assistance Administration 1946-1959  
  Department of Economic and Social Affairs 1955-1977  
  Office of Interagency Affairs and Coordination 1970-1978  
  Department of Technical Cooperation for Development 1978-1991  
  Department of International Economic and Social Affairs (DIESA) 1978-1991  
  Office of the Director-General for Development and International Economic Cooperation 1978-1991  
  Department of Economic and Social Development 1992  
  Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development 1992-1996  
  Department for Development Support and Management Services 1992-1996  
  Department for Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis 1993-1996  
Executive Office of the Secretary-General   AG-011
  Office of the Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General: Cordier 1946-1961  
  Office of the Chef de Cabinet: Narasimhan 1961-1973  
  Other Offices, Working groups and Committees    
Department of General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM)   AG-016
  Conference and General Services 1946-1953  
  Department of Conference Services 1954-1957  
  Office of Conference Services 1958-1972  
  Department of Conference Services 1973-1991  
  Department of General Assembly Affairs and Conference Services 1997-2001  
Department of Management (DM)   AG-017
  Administrative and Financial Services 1946-1953  
  Office of General Services 1954-1971  
  Office of Personnel 1955-1971  
  Office of the Controller 1955-1971  
  Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Administration and Management 1968-1974  
  Department of Administration and Management 1975-1996  
Office for Special Political Affairs (SPA) 1938-1991 AG-020
  Office of the Executive Assistant and the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs (Cordier/Malania) 1947-1976  
  Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs - Ralph J. Bunche 1948-1972  
  Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs - B.E. Urquhart 1958-1985  
  Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs - J. Rolz-Bennett 1960-1971  
  Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs – Other Officials    
Department of Political Affairs (DPA)   AG-021
  Department of Security Council Affairs 1946-1951  
  Department of Trusteeship and Information from Non-Self-Governing Territories 1946-1954  
  Department of Political and Security Council Affairs 1952-1991  
  Department of Trusteeship and Non-Self-Governing Territories 1965-1971  
  Office of Political Affairs, Trusteeship, and Decolonization 1972-1986  
  Office of Political and General Assembly Affairs [and Secretariat Services] 1972-1992  
  Office for Special Political Questions 1979-1986  
  Department for Special Political Questions, Regional Co-operation, Decolonization and Trusteeship 1987-1990  
  Office for Special Political Questions, Regional Co-operation, Decolonization and Trusteeship 1991  
Field Service and Successor Bodies 1948-1982 AG-031
  United Nations Field Service 1947-1987  
  United Nations Field Operations Service 1936-1988  
  United Nations Field Operations Division 1948-1987  
Department of Political and General Assembly Affairs 1972-1991 AG-015
Department of Peacekeeping Operations   AG-050
  Military    
  Military – Policy, procedure, best practice    
  Management and Integration – Reporting to United Nations Headquarters    
  Military and Political – Planning, strategy – Mission establishment    
  Military – Planning, strategy – Analysis of current mission capacity    
  Management and Integration – Policy, procedure, best practice    
  Political Affairs – Coordination, partnership – Discussion and negotiation    
  Under-Secretary-General (USG) – Subject files    
  Legal – Legal agreements development and review    
  Law enforcement    
  Disarmament, demobilization and integration    
  Human rights    
  Humanitarian affairs    
  Security    
  Information Management and Public Information    
  Mine Action    
Department of Public Information (DPI)   AG-063
  Department of Public Information    
  Commemorative Celebrations    
  Dag Hammarskjold Library – UNBIS Bibliographic Manuals    
  Leo Rosenthal – photographs