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Finding Aid for the Brian Urquhart Collection of Material about Ralph Bunche, ca. 1932-1972
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Description
Sir Brian Urquhart (b.1919) was active in the organization and direction of the United Nations (UN) Emergency Force in Middle East (1956) and responsible for the organization and direction of UN peace-keeping operations and special political assignments. Ralph Bunche (1904-1971) was the undersecretary for special political affairs at the UN (1958-67) and undersecretary general (1968). He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950. The collection consists of papers of, about, and collected by Ralph J. Bunche and later used by Brian Urquhart to write Ralph Bunche: an American Life (1993). Items in the collection include manuscripts, his notebooks, project files, audiotape recordings, clippings, travel photographs, and memorabilia.
Background
Sir Brian Urquhart was born on February 28, 1919; educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford University; served in the Dorset Regiment and Airborne Forces during World War II; personal assistant to Gladwyn Jebb, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission of the United Nations, London, 1945-46; personal assistant to Trygve Lie, 1st secretary general of the United Nations, 1946-49; member, Office of Undersecretary General For Special Political Affairs, 1954-71; active in organization and direction of UN Emergency Force in Middle East, 1956; assistant to the secretary general's special representative in the Congo, 1960, and UN Representative in Katanga, Congo, 1961-62; responsible for organization and direction of UN peace-keeping operations and special political assignments; Assistant. Secretary General of the UN, 1972-74; publications include Hammarskjold (1972) and Ralph Bunche: an American Life (1993); Bunche was born in Detroit, Michigan, on August 7, 1904; AB, UCLA, 1927; AM, 1928, and Ph.D., 1934, Harvard University; professor at Howard University from 1929-1950, and at Harvard, 1950-1952; in 1948 joined Permanent Secretariat of UN; Undersecretary for special political affairs, UN, 1958-67; became Undersecretary general in 1968; awarded Nobel Peace Prize in 1950; died in New York, on December 9, 1971.Sir Brian Urquhart has led an extraordinary life, much of which has been spent in and around the United Nations system --experience which accounts for his international stature and visibility in current debates over the future of the United Nations and the role of UN security forces in the post-Cold War era. It is fair to say that he has become the central figure in the dialogue over renewing the United Nations system.
Extent
48 boxes (24 linear ft.) 2 oversize boxes
Restrictions
Copyright to portions of this collection has been assigned to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. The library can grant permission to publish for materials to which it holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or quote must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian, Department of Special Collections.] Credit shall be given as follows: [c in circle] The Regents of the University of California on behalf of the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.