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Andrew W. Cordier papers, 1918-1975

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

Call No.: Ms Coll\Cordier,MS#1589
Bib ID 4078651 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Cordier, Andrew W (Andrew Wellington), 1901-1975
Title Andrew W. Cordier papers, 1918-1975
Physical Description 160 linear feet (202520 items in 347 boxes)
Language(s) 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 two business days 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 (#).

Arrangement

Arrangement

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. 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 -- Series VI: The Columbia University Period And Related Files -- Series VII: Andrew W. Cordier Working Papers, 1971-1975 -- 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). Regarding restricted items.

Description

Summary

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.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on 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 two business days 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 (#).

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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 Archival Materials

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

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2011-09-14 EAD file created directly from PDF by Patrick Lawlor

2014-04-18 XML document instance revised by Catherine C. Ricciardi

2016-05-12 XML document instance revised by Catherine C. Ricciardi

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

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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Accounts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Addresses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Albums (books) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Announcements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Appointment books Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Articles Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Awards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bibliographies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Biographies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bluebrints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Calendarts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clippings (Information Artifacts) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Contracts Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Directories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Financial records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Interviews Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Invitations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Itineraries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lectures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memoranda Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Notebooks Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Passports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Personnel records Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Phonodiscs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographic prints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Plaques Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Press releases Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Programs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Syllabi Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tape recordings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
minutes (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

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

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

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.