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   Andrew Wellington Cordier Papers, 1918-1975

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Andrew Wellington Cordier Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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Summary Information

Abstract

The large collection covers all aspects of Cordier's life. It contains letters, memoranda, reports, cables, printed materials and photographs, mostly pertaining to his tenure at the United Nations and Columbia University.

At a Glance

Bib ID:4078651 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Cordier, Andrew W. (Andrew Wellington), 1901-
Title:Andrew Wellington Cordier Papers, 1918-1975
Physical description:160 linear ft (ca. 202,520 items in 346 boxes).
Language(s):In English
Access: The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 1-346. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. Certain files have been closed by the United Nations, by special order of the Secretary-General. During March 1991, the status of all materials which had previously been closed to the public was reviewed with respect to the declassification policies outlined in the two attached letters from U.N. Chief Archivist Alf Erlandsson. Under these guidelines, code cables, items captioned "Top Secret" or "Strictly Confidential" and certain personal records remain closed. In May 2016, The United Nations declassified the entire contents of boxes 175-184. These materials are now available for research use. In most cases, materials for which restrictions remain in force have been removed from the regular collection and placed in specially marked boxes at the end of the series. The only exception to this practice involves boxes which contain restricted materials exclusively. These have been sealed with red string and lef in sequence with the rest of the collection. In the box list, those subject folders from which restricted materials have been removed are marked with an asterisk (*). In addition, dummies have been placed in those folder explaining the nature and quantity of the restricted materials removed. Sealed boxes (containing only restricted materials) are indicated with a number sign (#).  More information »

Arrangement

Organization

The papers are organized in 11 series. The arrangement and list of the material in Boxes 39-202 is adapted from the work done on the files in Cordier's office.

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Description

Scope and Content

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, printed material, and photographs of Cordier. The papers cover three periods of Cordier's life: the early years, especially undergraduate and graduate school, as a professor at Manchester College in Indiana, and as a member of the U.S. State Dept.; the United Nations period, as a member of the Secretariat, and including the files of the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and working files for the publication of The Public Papers Of The Secretaries-General Of The United Nations ; and the Columbia University period, containing Cordier's personal and working files during the time of his deanship and presidency. Among the prominent correspondents are Dag Hammarskjöld, Trygve Lie, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., Chester W. Nimitz, Lester B. Pearson, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Carlos P. Romulo, Eleanor Roosevelt, Adlai E. Stevenson, and Harry S. Truman.

Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Series II Catalogued Manuscripts, Documents and Photographs

Series III 1923 -1944

Series IV: 1930 -1947

Series V:The United Nations Period And Related Files

Subseries V.4: The Secretaries General

(The following list does not necessarily represent all trips made by Mr. Lie as there was no log of his trips in the Cordier file)

Subseries V.6: The Public Papers of the Secretaries General of the United Nations

Public Papers of the Secretaries-General of the United Nations (printed volumes 1-4, 6-7 are shelved at end of collection)

Series VI: The Columbia University Period And Related Files

Series VII: Andrew W. Cordier Working Papers 1971-1975

Personal Correspondence: Six Folders of letters with a variety of people; filed chronologically covering period 1971-1975 (August)

Series VIII: Honorary Degrees, Plaques, Awards and Honors

Series IX: Photographs, Printed and Miscellaneous Material

Series X: 1979 Addition

Series XI: 1980 Addition

Supplement to Cordier register (6,3/03)

Boxes 235 and 236 (metal card files) have been reboxed in document boxes. Box 235 has become Boxes 235A and 235B, and Box 236 is now Boxes 236A and 236B

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Using the Collection

Partially Offsite

Access Restrictions

 The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 1-346. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

      offsite requestMore information and link to off-site request form

Certain files have been closed by the United Nations, by special order of the Secretary-General.

During March 1991, the status of all materials which had previously been closed to the public was reviewed with respect to the declassification policies outlined in the two attached letters from U.N. Chief Archivist Alf Erlandsson. Under these guidelines, code cables, items captioned "Top Secret" or "Strictly Confidential" and certain personal records remain closed.

In May 2016, The United Nations declassified the entire contents of boxes 175-184. These materials are now available for research use.

In most cases, materials for which restrictions remain in force have been removed from the regular collection and placed in specially marked boxes at the end of the series. The only exception to this practice involves boxes which contain restricted materials exclusively. These have been sealed with red string and lef in sequence with the rest of the collection.

In the box list, those subject folders from which restricted materials have been removed are marked with an asterisk (*). In addition, dummies have been placed in those folder explaining the nature and quantity of the restricted materials removed. Sealed boxes (containing only restricted materials) are indicated with a number sign (#).

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Andrew Wellington Cordier Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

Related Material

Certain University-related files are kept elsewhere in the University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Accounts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Addresses.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Albums.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Announcements.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Appointment books.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Articles.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Awards.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bibliographies.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Biographies.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bluebrints.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Calendarts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Clippings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Contracts.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Directories.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Financial records.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Interviews.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Invitations.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Itineraries.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lectures.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Manuals.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Memoranda.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Minutes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Motion pictures.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Notebooks.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Passports.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Personnel records.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Phonodiscs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photoprints.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Plaques.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Press releases.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Programs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Reports.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Syllabi.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Tape recordings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Theses.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
College administrators.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
College presidents.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University--Presidents.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia University.--School of International Affairs.--Dean.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Diplomats.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Education, Higher--United States.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hammarskjöld, Dag, 1905-1961.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
International agencies.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
International cooperation.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lie, Trygve, 1896-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1902-1985.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Manchester College (North Manchester, Ind.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Nimitz, Chester W. (Chester William), 1885-1966.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Peace.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pearson, Lester B.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Rockefeller, Nelson A. (Nelson Aldrich), 1908-1979.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Romulo, Carlos P. (Carlos Peña), 1899-1985.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
United Nations.--Secretary-General.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
United States.--Dept. of State.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
World politics.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Andrew Wellington Cordier was born in Canton, Ohio in 1901. He died on Long Island in 1975. Cordier was educated at Manchester College in Indiana, (1923–44); the Univ. of Chicago; and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.

From 1944 to 1946 he worked at the U.S. Dept. of State, after which he joined the United Nations, eventually serving as Executive Assistant to the UN secretaries general. He was a chief negotiator for the United Nations in the Congo in 1960. In 1962 he left the UN to become Dean of the School of International Affairs (SIA) at Columbia University. He served as acting President of Columbia in the years 1968 and 1969; later he was appointed President (1969–70). After leaving the Columbia presidency, Cordier returned to his position as Dean of SIA and served until 1972.

In 1970 Cordier was awarded the Alexander Hamilton medal, the university’s highest honor.

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