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Subseries 2. Under-Secretary-General Thornburgh's Files

Scope and Content Notes:

During his year at the United Nations (UN), Thornburgh accumulated files, much like those elsewhere in this collection, that were kept at hand for convenient reference. Their usefulness is evidenced by Thornburgh's heavy annotations, and personal notes, on entire notepad sheets or even on tiny paper scraps. The materials relate to the potential restructuring of the UN from the perspective of the Department of Administration and Management (DAM), which Thornburgh headed as Under-Secretary-General (USG). These files represent a work-in-progress that will be insightful.

An issue of particular significance to Thornburgh was the potential of a new Office of Inspector General within the UN, to address issues of fraud, waste and abuse. The background of this matter is well documented. Other background on the UN includes speeches and op-eds by Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, UN news releases, Thornburgh notes, and "checklists" regarding peacekeeping. Also prominent in the files are some of his writings and articles while USG, and news releases about his work. Thornburgh's final report to the Secretary-General (dated March 1, 1993), subsequently known as the "Thornburgh Report," is included, with background material and drafts.

The arrangement of "Thornburgh's files" is an alphabetical listing of topics and/or departmental issues. Thornburgh's speeches, the final report, and a transcript of an interview with him are all available here online. Also online is a list of UN abbreviations, which surely will assist any researcher using these files.

Folder 13 Department of Administration and Management (DAM), Office of Conference Services (OCS): Thornburgh's notes, restructuring plans and memoranda February-December, 1992
Folder 14 Department of Administration and Management (DAM): general materials regarding department organization March-June, 1992
Folder 15 Department of Administration and Management (DAM), Office of General Services: Thornburgh's notes and briefing material 1992-1993
Folder 16 Department of Administration and Management (DAM), Office of Human Resources Management: personnel issues February-November, 1992
Folder 17 Department of Administration and Management (DAM), Internal Audit Division (IAD): Thornburgh's notes and IAD work plan March, 1992
Folder 18 Department of Administration and Management (DAM), Joint Advisory Committee (JAC): Thornburgh's notes, meetings and memoranda March-September, 1992
Folder 19 Department of Administration and Management (DAM), Joint Appeals Board (JAB): regarding appeal procedures April, 1992
Folder 20 Department of Administration and Management (DAM), Office of Programme, Planning, Budget and Finance (OPPBF): Thornburgh's notes February-September, 1992
Folder 21 Department of Administration and Management (DAM): Restructuring materials and memoranda on "six month plans" April-June, 1992
Folder 22 Department of Administration and Management (DAM): "Six month plan of action" April-June, 1992
Folder 23 Department of Administration and Management (DAM): Thornburgh's weekly meeting notes March, 1992-February, 1993
Folder 24 Department of Administration and Management (DAM): Thornburgh's notes (Linda Cohen meeting) September 10, 1992
Folder 25 Department of Administration and Management (DAM): United Nations Staff Union and Coordinating Committee for Independent Staff Unions and Associations (CCISUA) February-May, 1992
Folder 26 Biographies of United Nations staff members March-June, 1992
Folder 27-28 Briefing material on United Nations, prepared for Thornburgh February 13, 1992
Folder 29 Thornburgh's notes from briefing material on United Nations February 13, 1992
Folder 30 Career Development System for the United Nations Secretariat: reports, drafts and notes May-August, 1992
Folder 31 Christine Rollet memoranda and correspondence regarding restructuring 1992-1993

Box 961
Folder 1 Congratulations and thank you cards February, 1992-February, 1993
Folder 2-4 Cuyler Walker's notes regarding Thornburgh at the United Nations February 27, 1992-November 23, 1992
Folder 5 Fifth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly: notes, agendas and reports September, 1992
Folder 6 Geneva Group meeting: Thornburgh's notes September 29, 1992
Folder 7 Group of Ten: requests and objectives March, 1992
Folder 8-10 Office of Inspector General: Creation of office to strengthen UN audit capabilities 1992-1993
Folder 11 Office of Inspector General: UN Auditing reports and the position of the United States 1991-1992
Folder 12 Office of Inspector General: United Nations Code of Conduct for staff members, including handling and reporting finances 1986-1993
Folder 13 International Civil Service Commission (ICSC): report and statement by the Secretary General (SG) March-November, 1992
Folder 14 Jean Claude Aime, Thornburgh's notes regarding 1992-1993
Folder 15 Memorabilia (including handwritten notes dated 3.10.92 "Re: S-G" outlining job and goals) 1992
Folder 16 Permanent Missions to the United Nations No. 271, UN publication September, 1992
Folder 17 Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali: Reports, clippings, memoranda 1991-1993
Folder 18 Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali: Thornburgh's meeting notes March-November, 1992

Box 962
Folder 1 Security and safety service activities reports 1987-1991
Folder 2 Speeches, and drafts 1992-1993
Folder 3 Stationery samples [ca. 1992]
Folder 4 Thornburgh's notes, to-do lists, United Nations information and contacts 1992-1993
Folder 5 Thornburgh's notes regarding the United Nations 1992-1993
Folder 6 Thornburgh's notes and background materials on UNICEF July 1, 1992
Folder 7 Transcript of Hans Janitschek's interview with Thornburgh for UN Staff Report March 31, 1992
Folder 8 United Nations Association (UNA) March, 1992
Folder 9 United Nations background: abbreviation list undated
Folder 10 United Nations background: "Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice" April, 1989
Folder 11 United Nations background: news releases 1992-1994
Folder 12 United Nations background: notes of Thornburgh and early materials February, 1992
Folder 13 United Nations background: the United Nations at 40 years old and 50 years old 1985, 1995
Folder 14 United Nations background: the organization of the UN Secretariat February 28, 1992
Folder 15 United Nations background: Speeches and op-eds by Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Secretary-General (SG) of the United Nations 1992-1996
Folder 16 United Nations "checklists" regarding peace-keeping, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and relations with the United States February-October, 1992
Folder 17 United Nations news releases regarding Thornburgh February, 1992
Folder 18 "A Concept Paper: Restructuring of UN Economic and Social Programmes" and unpublished article October 21, 1992
Folder 19 "Time for Real Reform in the United Nations," article and drafts by Thornburgh 1992-1993
Folder 20 "Needed: A United Nations Inspector General," article and drafts by Thornburgh 1992-1993
Folder 21 "Today's United Nations in a Changing World," article and drafts by Thornburgh 1992-1993
Folder 22 "The Missing Piece: A Balanced Budget Amendment," article by Thornburgh [ca. 1992]
Folder 23 Report to the Secretary-General of the United Nations by Dick Thornburgh, Under-Secretary General for Administration and Management March 1, 1993
Folder 24 Report to the Secretary-General (SG) of the United Nations (UN) by Dick Thornburgh, drafts and notes March 1, 1993
Folder 25 Background material for papers and reports 1992-1993