Catalogue of the papers of George Ivan Smith, 1888-1995

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Table of Contents

A    Early career (1937-47), 1941-92
B    United Nations career (1947-75), 1929-87
    B.1  United Nations agencies and general papers, 1929-81
    B.2  Africa, 1958-87
        B.2.1  General African papers, 1960-76
        B.2.2  Tanganyika and Zanzibar, 1958-70
        B.2.3  Congo, 1960-87, and (c. 6475) British Protectorates, 1960-70
        B.2.4  Northern and Southern Rhodesia, and Nyasaland, 1961-73
        B.2.5  South Africa, 1962-76, and (c. 6482) South West Africa, 1963-75
    B.3  Middle East, 1950-8
    B.4  Dag Hammarskjold, 1953-84
    B.5  Secondments from the United Nations, 1961-78
C    Correspondence, 1941-95
    C.1  Special correspondence, 1942-95
    C.2  General correspondence, 1941-95, and letters to the press, 1976-94
        C.2.1  General correspondence, 1941-95 (correspondence later than December 1977 is closed)
        C.2.2  Copies of letters written by Smith to the press, 1976-94
D    Literary papers, 1930-95
E    Family, personal and business papers, 1894-1995
F    Newscuttings, 1941-94, and photographs, 1888-1995
G    Printed material, 1945-92, and memorabilia, c.1920-94
    G.1  Printed material including some publications inscribed to Smith and others containing articles by him or relating to him, 1945-92
    G.2  Memorabilia, c.1920-94

Papers of George Ivan Smith, 1888-1995

Papers of George Ivan Smith (1915-95), relating to his career as a broadcaster and international civil servant, with some family and personal papers.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6454-534, d. 3190-3, e. 3253-5, e. 3295; Photogr. c. 104-10

Extent: 96 shelfmarks

Biographical History

George Ivan Smith (1915-95) was born in Sydney, Australia, the son of George Franklin Smith, a prison governor, and May Sullivan. After education at Bathurst and Goulburn High Schools and at Sydney University, Smith began work as a newspaper journalist. In 1937 he joined the Australian Broadcasting Commission as talks editor and in 1939 became director of the newly-founded overseas broadcasting service, Radio Australia. In 1941 Smith was seconded to the BBC's Overseas Service in London where he became head of the Pacific Service and organised overseas coverage of the Second Front. In 1945 he joined the J. Arthur Rank Organisation where he worked on the documentary series 'This Modern Age'.

Smith joined the United Nations in 1947 and went to New York as Director of External Affairs to establish the organisation's first international radio programmes. In 1949 he moved to a more political role when he came to Britain as first director of the London United Nations Information Centre, remaining there until 1958. He began to act frequently as spokesman for Dag Hammarskjold, who had become Secretary-General in 1953, and accompanied him on many missions, including his visit to the Middle East following the Suez crisis. He was in charge of press liaison at the Four Powers' summit conference and foreign ministers' meeting in Geneva in 1955. In 1958 Smith returned to New York, firstly as Director of the External Relations Division of the UN Office of Public Information and later as Director of Press and Publications.

Smith's close association with Africa began in 1960-1 when he undertook several missions to the Congo and served as chief of civilian operations in Katanga in the wake of Hammarskjold's death in an air crash in September 1961. The following year he was appointed regional representative of the UN Technical Assistance Board (UNTAB) in East Africa and personal representative of the new Secretary-General, U Thant, in East, Central and Southern Africa. Based initially in Dar es Salaam and, from January 1964, in Lusaka, Smith negotiated with the colonial governments and the emerging African leaders.

In 1965 Smith took a sabbatical from the United Nations and became visiting lecturer in international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the following year a visiting professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston. In 1967 he undertook four months work for the World Security Trust on the problems of nuclear proliferation and acted as consultant to various international corporations. In 1965 he was nominated for the new post of Secretary-General of the Commonwealth but the appointment went to his namesake Arnold Smith of Canada.

In 1968 Smith was again appointed director of the London Information Centre where he remained until his retirement from the United Nations in 1975. From his home in Gloucestershire he continued to be an active commentator on international affairs and supporter of the United Nations, travelling, lecturing, and writing articles, letters to the press and a book, Ghosts of Kampala (London, 1980), about the rise and fall of Idi Amin. He began work on other books, notably an autobiography and an account of his pioneering ancestors in early Australia, but did not complete them, mainly because he was caring for his wife, who was in poor health.

In 1938 Smith married Madeleine Oakes (1909-66) in Sydney and they had three children. The marriage broke up during the war. In 1944 he married Mary Douglass (b.1909) who had two daughters from her first marriage to Cyril Conner (1900-81), the writer Penelope Gilliatt (1932-93) and the sculptor Angela Conner (b.1935?). In 1964 the Smiths adopted Edda Mutzawelo (b.1960).

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers of George Ivan Smith (1915-95), broadcaster and international civil servant. The papers are mainly arranged in chronological sections which maintain their original order and reflect the different phases of Smith's career. The first section (A) contains papers from his employment with the BBC and J. Arthur Rank Organisation and the second (B) papers from his United Nations career, which is subdivided into sections on Africa, the Middle East, Dag Hammarskjold, and secondments from the United Nations. Subsequent sections are (C) correspondence, (D) literary papers, (E) family and personal correspondence and papers, (F) newscuttings and photographs and (G) printed material and memorabilia.


The papers were bequeathed to the Bodleian Library by George Ivan Smith in 1993.

Restrictions on Access

Correspondence later than December 1977 is closed.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. Eng. c. 6454, fols. 1-2].

Related Material

George Ivan Smith also contributed material to the United Nations Career Records Project (MSS. Eng. c. 4702, fols. 132-225; c. 4733, items 5-6; c. 4797, fols. 187-230 - see the on-line catalogue). A small file of material, generated during Smith's time in the BBC's Overseas Service and mainly concerning the reporting of the D Day landings in June 1944, was given to the BBC Written Archives Centre in 1994 (BBC Archives reference: S260). A cigarette box (containing small bottle and bullet) engraved by an inmate of Goulburn Jail, c.1920, broken 'love arrow', n.d., and Katanga 1961 badge (fabric) are now Janitor's List of Library Portraits and Objects, nos. 736/1-3.

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Hammarskjold | Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl | 1905-1961 | Swedish economist and statesman
Smith | George Ivan | 1915-1995 | United Nations official

Corporate names (NCA Rules)

British Broadcasting Corporation
Rank Organisation
United Nations

Place names (NCA Rules)

Middle East

Subjects (LCSH)

International relations

A   Early career (1937-47), 1941-92

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6454-7, e. 3295

Papers concerning Smith's employment with the BBC, c.1941-2
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6454

Extent: 265 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 2-9) address by Smith to the British Association on scientific broadcasting, c.1941
  • (fols. 10-265) BBC wartime scripts, 1941-2

Correspondence and papers concerning Smith's employment with the BBC, 1942-5
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6455

Extent: 191 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-131) BBC wartime scripts, 1942-5
  • (fols. 132-91) memoranda and correspondence concerning Smith's employment with the BBC and call-up for military service, 1943-5

Correspondence in connection with BBC work, 1941-92
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6456

Extent: 242 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 137-217) correspondence with and concerning the Australian author Henry Handel Richardson (pen-name of Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson) and related radio scripts, 1942-9
  • (fols. 218-38 = Res.) correspondence and papers, 1990-2, concerning interview given by Smith for BBC oral history project, 1992
  • (fols. 239-42) extracts from Maurice Gorham, Sound and Fury (London, 1948) mentioning Smith

Cassettes of interviews with Smith, 1989
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3295

Extent: 5 items

Scope and Content:
  • (items 1-3) three cassettes of 'Australia Calling', a radio programme on the history of Radio Australia featuring Smith
  • two cassettes of interview given by Smith for BBC oral history project concerning his work with Radio Australia, the BBC and and the UN, 1989

Papers concerning Smith's broadcasting career, 1945-54, 1989
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6457

Extent: 267 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-203) transcript of interview given by Smith in Sydney, 1989
  • (fols. 204-67) correspondence and newscuttings relating to Smith's work on the documentary series 'This Modern Age' for J. Arthur Rank, 1945-54

B   United Nations career (1947-75), 1929-87

B.1   United Nations agencies and general papers, 1929-81

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6458-64

Correspondence on general UN matters, 1950-70
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6458

Extent: 367 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-79) Ralph Bunche, 1950-65
  • (fols. 80-367) David Owen, 1952-67, mainly concerning the work in East and Central Africa of the UN Technical Assistance Board (UNTAB) (of which Owen was executive chairman) and political developments in the region, with (fols. 361-7) personal note by Smith on Owen's last days and speech delivered by Smith at UN Memorial Service for Owen, 1969-70

Correspondence with C.V. Narasimhan, 1962-8
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6459

Extent: 295 leaves

Correspondence and papers, 1949-78
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6460

Extent: 277 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-129) concerning Smith's appointments to various UN posts and his retirement, 1953-78
  • (fols. 130-277) correspondence with UN Specialised Agencies, 1949-73 comprising
    • (fols. 130-45) European Office, 1963-5
    • (fols. 146-66) High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 1959-65
    • (fols. 167-94) UNESCO, 1949-65
    • (fols. 195-215) UNICEF, 1963-73
    • (fols. 216-21) UN Operation in the Congo (ONUC), 1962-3
    • (fols. 222-51) Economic Commission for Africa, 1964-9
    • (fols. 252-7) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), 1965
    • (fols. 258-62) International Labour Office (ILO), 1964
    • (fols. 263-5) International Monetary Fund (IMF), 1962
    • (fols. 266-77) World Health Organisation (WHO), 1962-5

Correspondence files, 1948-70
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6461

Extent: 306 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-235) UN Headquarters Individuals file, 1949-70, containing correspondence with
    • (fols. 1-114) Office of Public Information, 1956-65
    • (fols. 115-30) Publishing/Television Services, 1962-5
    • (fols. 131-69) Secretariat Executive, 1949-65
    • (fols. 170-85) General Services, 1953-65
    • (fols. 186-210) Trygve Lie, 1952-4
    • (fols. 211-26) Eugene Hillman of the Catholic Mission, Tanganyika, 1962-3
    • (fols. 227-35) Eldridge Haynes, 1970
  • (fols. 236-306) file partly concerning Smith's work in radio and television at the UN, his visit to Australia and New Zealand and his posting to London, 1948-50

Correspondence files, 1953-6
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6462

Extent: 303 leaves

Scope and Content:

Relates to

  • (fols. 1-265) the UN Information Centre, London, 1953-5, mainly concerning visits of Dag Hammarskjold to London and including transcripts of his press conferences and speeches
  • (fols. 266-303) press arrangements for the July 1955 Heads of Government Conference and Oct.-Nov. 1955 Meeting of Foreign Ministers in Geneva, 1955-6

General UN files, 1956-70
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6463

Extent: 320 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-66) itinerary and arrangements for the Secretary-General's trip to Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australasia, 1956
  • (fols. 67-226) UN Special Fund, mainly development projects in East and Central Africa, 1961-70
  • (fols. 227-320) UN Technical Assistance Board comprising correspondence with
    • (fols. 227-63) resident representatives, 1962-5
    • (fols. 264-77) Raj Coomaraswany of the Programme Division, 1964-5
    • (fols. 278-320) the Joint Administrative Division, 1962-5

General UN files, 1929-81
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6464

Extent: 132 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-12) the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the World Bank) and the financing of railways in East Africa, 1963-7
  • (fols. 13-63) the UN Development Programme (UNDP), mainly correspondence with regional representatives in Africa and with the UN Information Service in Australia, 1966-7
  • (fols. 64-118) the Clarke Development Plan, papers of a private meeting on the imbalance between developed and under-developed countries, 1967
  • (fols. 119-28) paper on the election of the Secretary-General, 1981
  • (fols. 129-32) memorandum by Sir Eric Drummond on the League of Nations, 1929

B.2   Africa, 1958-87

B.2.1   General African papers, 1960-76

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6465-9. e. 3253

General correspondence concerning Africa, 1960-5
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6465

Extent: 239 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-50) letters from John Scott with copies of his papers on the economy of Central Africa, 1960-3
  • (fols. 51-239) 'African Correspondence' file, mainly containing copies of letters from Smith, 1962-5

Correspondence, 1962-74
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6466

Extent: 300 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-211) U Thant, 1962-74, mainly reports from Smith on East and Central Africa.
  • (fols. 212-300) Godfrey Amachree concerning Africa, mainly Southern Rhodesia, 1964-5

Africa files, 1963-76
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6467

Extent: 264 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-62) Summit Conference of Independent African States in Addis Ababa, May 1963 (first meeting of the Organisation of African Unity), 1963-4
  • (fols. 63-124) the Tanganyika-Rhodesia rail link (Uhuru/Tanzam Railway), 1963-71, with extracts from Richard Seymour Hall and Hugh Peyman, The Great Uhuru Railway (London, 1976) mentioning Smith, and (fols. 122-4) letter from Smith to the press, 1976
  • (fols. 125-237) reports of the Zanzibar coup, mutiny by the First Battalion Tanganyikan Rifles and threatened mutinies in Uganda and Kenya, 1964
  • (fols. 238-64) correspondence with Maxwell Stamp Association concerning the Tanzania-Zambia railway and mineral deposits in Botswana, 1964-7

Background material on Africa, 1962-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6468

Extent: 237 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-12) the Africa Bureau's Anniversary Address by Sir Jock Campbell, 1962
  • (fols. 72-214) papers from the Scandinavian Institute of African Studies' Seminar on African Refugees, 1966
  • (fols. 215-23) statement by Michael Scott for International Seminar on Apartheid, Racial Discrimination and Colonialism in Southern Africa, 1967

Background material on Africa, 1968-75
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6469

Extent: 193 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes typescript articles

  • (fols. 1-5) 'Free Africa, Apartheid, and the Politics of Public Relations' by Michael Scott, 1968
  • (fols. 10-22) 'Britain's Stake in Africa', 1968
  • (fols. 23-33) 'Fifteen Years of Public Health in Africa', 1968
  • (fols. 34-44) 'The South African El Dorado: Illusions and Realities' by Michael Scott, c.1970
  • (fols. 45-87) two lectures on African economic development by Dr. R.K.A. Gardiner, 1971
  • (fols. 88-96) 'Notes on Maritime Policy in Africa', 1972
  • (fols. 97-152) Tanzania Year 16 Project, 1973-5
  • (fols. 153-72) speech concerning Africa and the United Nations by Hugh Foot, Baron Caradon, 1974

Appointment diary while Smith was based in Lusaka, 1964
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3253

Extent: iv + 226 pages

B.2.2   Tanganyika and Zanzibar, 1958-70

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6470-1

Correspondence and papers, 1958-70
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6470

Extent: 252 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-153) Smith's personal file as Regional Representative in East Africa of UN Technical Assistance Board (UNTAB) concerning his UN postings, leave, finance and initial arrival in Dar es Salaam, 1958-63
  • (fols. 154-252) General Tanganyika (Tanzania) file, 1960-70, including
    • (fols. 158-69) Smith's mission to Dar es Salaam, 1960-1
    • (fols. 171-86) introduction of television, 1962

Papers concerning Tanganyika (Tanzania) and Zanzibar, 1961-8
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6471

Extent: 240 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 2-34) speeches of Julius Nyerere and other ministers, 1961-8
  • (fols. 35-46) the development of the University of East Africa, 1963
  • (fols. 47-53) political report on Zanzibar, 1964
  • (fols. 54-112) examination of Tanzanian policies and objectives by the World Bank, c.1968
  • (fols. 113-68) correspondence with embassies in Dar es Salaam, 1962-5
  • (fols. 169-240) diplomatic and UN lists for Tanganyika, 1962-3

B.2.3   Congo, 1960-87, and (c. 6475) British Protectorates, 1960-70

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6472-5

Correspondence and cables concerning situation in the Congo, 1960-4
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6472

Extent: 215 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 56-60) death of Dag Hammarskjold, Sept. 1961
  • (fols. 76-81) kidnap of Smith and Brian Urquhart, Nov. 1961
  • (fols. 117-20) withdrawal of UN troops through Tanganyika, 1962
  • (fols. 163-74) detention of Tanganyikan nationals in Bukavu, Nov.-Dec. 1962

Miscellaneous papers concerning UN operation in the Congo (ONUC), 1960-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6473

Extent: 265 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 135-191) United Nations press releases, 1961-4, issued from
    • (fols. 135-58) New York, Apr. 1961-May 1964
    • (fols. 159-91) Leopoldville, Jan.-Mar. 1963
  • (fols. 192-265) reports of the ONUC radio monitoring service, Jan.-Jun. 1963

Congo files, 1961-87
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6474

Extent: 256 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-106) reports of the officer-in-charge of ONUC issued by the Security Council, 1961-2
  • (fols. 107-29) Baluba refugee camp and help for civilians in Elizabethville, 1961
  • (fols. 130-210) attempted kidnapping of Smith in Elizabethville, 1961-2
  • (fols. 211-50) UN statements concerning Conor Cruise O'Brien's book To Katanga and Back (London, 1962), and press reviews, 1962-3
  • (fols. 251-6) transcript of part of Brian Urquhart's interview with Leon Gordenker, c.1987, discussing the situation in the Congo in 1961

British Protectorates (Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland) files, 1960-70
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6475

Extent: 236 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-32) reports of the Bushman Survey submitted to the Bechuanaland (Botswana) Protectorate government, 1960-1
  • (fols. 33-80) general correspondence and papers including report by Smith on 1963 visit, 1963-5
  • (fols. 81-236) background papers including
    • (fols. 82-96) report on UN programmes for technical assistance in the Protectorates, 1964
    • (fols. 97-174) Secretary-General's report on the granting of independence to the Protectorates, 1965
    • (fols. 199-212) speeches by President of Botswana, 1970
    • (fols. 220-9) summary notes on Botswana, n.d.

B.2.4   Northern and Southern Rhodesia, and Nyasaland, 1961-73

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6476-9

Northern Rhodesian (Zambian) files, 1961-9
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6476

Extent: 205 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-123) correspondence concerning Northern Rhodesia, including visit of Kenneth Kaunda to Europe and the USA in May 1963, and establishment of broadcasting corporation, 1961-3
  • (fols. 124-205) correspondence and papers concerning Zambia including Zambianization of the civil service, 1962-9

Nyasaland (Malawi) files, 1962-5
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6477

Extent: 214 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-169) general correspondence and papers concerning economic and industrial development of Nyasaland, 1962-5
  • (fols. 170-88) correspondence with M.W. Kanyama Chiume (Minister of Nyasaland), 1962-4
  • (fols. 189-214) papers concerning Dunduzu K. Chisiza, 1962

Files on Rhodesia (Zimbabwe and Zambia), 1961-73
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6478

Extent: 282 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-208) general file on Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), 1962-5
  • (fols. 209-82) file on Rhodesia containing correspondence, 1965-73 and background papers on Rhodesian history, education and legal system and the use of force, 1961-9

Files concerning the Central African Federation, 1961-5
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6479

Extent: 253 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-77) general correspondence and cables, 1961-5
  • (fols. 78-133) visit by Smith to the Federation, 1962
  • (fols. 134-67) confidential correspondence with Sir Roy Welensky (Prime Minister of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland), 1962-3
  • (fols. 168-253) confidential reports to the Secretary-General and David Owen on visits to the Federation and concerning the Addis Ababa conference, 1962-3

B.2.5   South Africa, 1962-76, and (c. 6482) South West Africa, 1963-75

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6480-2

Papers concerning the Republic of South Africa, 1962-76
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6480

Extent: 206 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-53) correspondence, partly relating to a proposed lecture tour in 1963, 1962-76
  • (fols. 54-206) background material, 1964-73, including
    • (fols. 62-113) memoranda concerning economic development of South Africa, 1964
    • (fols. 130-88) papers by Michael Scott concerning apartheid, 1967-71

Republic of South Africa files, 1964-5
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6481

Extent: 164 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-26) file on Mafeking, comprising historical note by M.F.H. Lemon, notes by Smith and photographs, 1964
  • (fols. 27-164) file on the UN Programme for the Education and Training Abroad of South Africans, 1964-5

Background material on South West Africa (Namibia), 1963-75
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6482

Extent: 179 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes papers on

  • (fols. 7-79) the development of national political movements, 1966
  • (fols. 80-7) the economy, 1966
  • (fols. 88-94) the establishment of an education institute for South West African exiles in Tanzania, 1966
  • (fols. 96-110) 'South West Africa and the International Community' by Michael Scott, 1969
  • (fols. 116-35) resolutions of the Namibia International Conference, 1972


  • (fols. 144-65) report by Smith on visit to Bechuanaland (Botswana) to interview South West African migrants, 1964
  • (fols. 166-79) candidacy of Smith for Commissioner of the UN Council for Namibia, 1972

B.3   Middle East, 1950-8

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6483-7

Papers concerning the Middle East, 1950-8
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6483

Extent: 233 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-17) correspondence and papers concerning implementation of the 1948 Agreement for the demilitarization of the Mount Scopus area, 1950-8
  • (fols. 18-233) briefing documents for the Secretary-General's 1956 Middle East mission, 1951-6, comprising
    • (fols. 18-59) Palestine (concerning El Auja, Lake Tiberias and the Banat Yakoub Canal Project), 1955-6
    • (fols. 60-131) Israeli-Egyptian relations (El Auja, the Gaza situation and Security Council resolutions on Gaza and the Suez Canal), 1955
    • (fols. 132-231) Israeli-Syrian relations (demilitarized zone, Banat Yakoub Canal, prisoners and Lake Tiberias), 1954-6

Papers concerning the Middle East, 1956-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6484

Extent: 199 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-142) background papers for the 1956 Middle East mission including Security Council resolutions on Palestine Question and non-UN documents on the Middle East, 1956-7
  • (fols. 143-99) papers from the 1956 Middle East mission, 1956-7, comprising
    • (fols. 143-52) information sheets issued by the UN Information Centre for the Middle East, 1956-7
    • (fols. 153-5) a copy of The Sand Dune: The UNEF Weekly ( 27 Dec. 1957)
    • (fols. 156-89) press releases and extracts from the UN, Lebanese and Israeli press concerning the mission, 1956, including (fols. 167-74) transcripts of 'Voice of the Arabs'
    • (fols. 190-9) Smith's notebook with brief diary entries, 1956

Copies of the Secretary-General's correspondence and cables from the 1956 Middle East mission
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6485

Extent: 433 leaves

Papers relating to the Middle East, 1956-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6486

Extent: 245 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 3-20) draft report of the Secretary-General on compliance with armistice, Apr. 1956
  • (fols. 21-34) reports on incidents along the Egypt/Israel demarcation line, Apr. 1956
  • (fols. 140-50) press release and notebook containing two letters drafted by Dag Hammarskjold, 1956
  • (fols. 151-245) UN Emergency Force (UNEF) press releases, 1956-7

Middle East files, 1956-8
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6487

Extent: 342 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-35) copies of correspondence, and draft statements, concerning establishment of UN Emergency Force (UNEF) in the Canal Area, 1956-7
  • (fols. 36-99) clearance of the Suez Canal including estimated cost and proposed methods of payment, 1956-7
  • (fols. 100-45) UN administration of Gaza through UNEF and UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), 1957
  • (fols. 146-257) press briefings and extracts, mainly from the Arab press, concerning the Secretary-General's 1957 Middle East mission, 1957
  • (fols. 258-93) talks during the 1957 mission in Israel, Syria and Jordan concerning UN Truce Supervision Organisation, and visits to UNRWA camps and UNEF, 1957-8
  • (fols. 294-335) the Secretary-General's 1958 Middle East mission, including press briefings by Smith, 1958

B.4   Dag Hammarskjold, 1953-84

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6488-92, e. 3254

Files concerning Dag Hammarskjold, 1953-84
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6488

Extent: 247 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-123) Smith's correspondence concerning him, 1953-84
  • (fols. 124-200) correspondence between Smith and Hammarskjold, including discussion of the Middle East and the Congo, 1953-61
  • (fols. 201-19) UN correspondence in connection with Hammarskjold, 1956-61
  • (fols. 220-47) public addresses and statements by him, 1958-61

Files concerning Dag Hammarskjold, 1958-61
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6489

Extent: 312 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-12) newscuttings concerning Hammarskjold and the Middle East, 1958-61
  • (fols. 13-19) Hammarskjold's personal creed and biographical details, 1961
  • (fols. 20-61) UN announcements concerning Ndola air crash in which Hammarskjold died, 1961
  • (fols. 62-72) official tributes to Hammarskjold, 1961
  • (fols. 73-108) letters to Smith paying tribute to Hammarskjold, 1961
  • (fols. 109-287) newscuttings concerning Hammarskjold's death, funeral and memorial service, 1961
  • (fols. 288-312) papers concerning funeral and memorial services, 1961

Papers of Smith's investigations into Hammarskjold's death, 1961-82
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6490

Extent: 251 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-29) telexes reporting crash, 1961
  • (fols. 30-53) official report on accident to the Federal Assembly of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, 1962
  • (fols. 54-144) reports of private investigations, 1963-81
  • (fols. 145-89) correspondence, 1963-82
  • (fols. 190-251) copies of published accounts of the accident, 1963-6

Papers of Smith's investigations into Hammarskjold's death, 1971-81
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6491

Extent: 188 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-9) newscuttings, including articles by Smith, 1971-81
  • (fols. 10-133) transcripts of BBC and Swedish television programmes including interviews with Smith, 1971-8
  • (fols. 134-88) copies of witness statements, 1980

Four cassettes containing dictation by Smith and an interview concerning Hammarskjold's death, c.1980
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3254

Extent: 4 items

Files concerning Dag Hammarskjold, 1962-73
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6492

Extent: 125 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-9) articles and talks by Smith about him, 1962
  • (fols. 10-40) papers concerning the Hammarskjold Memorial Library, 1963
  • (fols. 41-86) reviews of his book, Markings (London, 1964), 1964-5
  • (fols. 87-115) reviews of biographies of Hammarskjold, 1966-73
  • (fols. 116-25) miscellaneous notes by Smith concerning him, n.d.

B.5   Secondments from the United Nations, 1961-78

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6493-5

Papers concerning the World Security Trust, 1961-7
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6493

Extent: 317 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-80) minutes and papers of the Parliamentary Group for World Government and World Security Trust, 1961-7
  • (fols. 81-218) copies of correspondence of David Astor and Duncan Sandys, 1965-6
  • (fols. 219-305) correspondence concerning Smith's secondment to the Trust to study the prevention of nuclear weapons proliferation, 1966-7
  • (fols. 306-17) correspondence with the UN Disarmament Affairs Division, 1967

Correspondence and papers concerning Smith's appointments as visiting lecturer, 1963-78
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6494

Extent: 271 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-193) at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University (1965-6), 1963-78
  • (fols. 194-271) at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard University, 1966-7
Restrictions on Access: Correspondence later than December 1977 is closed.

Correspondence concerning Smith's secondment work, 1967-76
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6495

Extent: 181 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-20) with R.S.T. International Metals Ltd., concerning a visit by Smith to Zambia and Botswana, 1967
  • (fols. 21-181) as a consultant to the Rio Tinto-Zinc Corporation Ltd., 1970-6, including (fols. 106-18) his report for RTZ on the Indonesian economy, 1974
Restrictions on Access: Correspondence later than December 1972 is closed.

C   Correspondence, 1941-95

Restrictions on Access: Correspondence later than December 1977 is closed.

C.1   Special correspondence, 1942-95

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6496-502

Correspondence, 1958-87
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6496

Extent: 243 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-56 = Res.) the Australian National University Peace Research Centre concerning Smith's application to be a visiting Fellow, 1984-7
  • (fols. 57-104) Bo Beskow, 1958-84
  • (fols. 105-243) Marcus Brumwell, concerning sculptures by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore for the United Nations, 1961-76
Restrictions on Access: Items marked Res. and other correspondence later than December 1977 are closed.

Correspondence, 1965-94
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6497

Extent: 308 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-25 = Res.) Buckingham Palace (mainly with Sir William Heseltine, Private Secretary to the Queen), 1985-93
  • (fols. 26-43 = Res.) Harry Bullock, c.1986-93
  • (fols. 44-63) Bernard Chidzero, 1965-94
  • (fols. 64-308) correspondence concerning Smith's candidature as first Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, 1965
Restrictions on Access: Items marked Res. and other correspondence later than December 1977 are closed.

Correspondence, 1942-95
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6498

Extent: 231 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-26) Andrew Cordier, 1962-75
  • (fols. 27-57) Walter de la Mare, 1942-8
  • (fols. 58-165 = Res.) John Ford, 1983-95
  • (fols. 166-201) Leon Gordenker, 1959-67
  • (fols. 202-31) Barbara Hepworth, concerning sculpture for the United Nations, 1961-5
Restrictions on Access: Correspondence later than December 1977 is closed.

Correspondence, 1956-88
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6499

Extent: 281 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-74) Kenneth Kaunda, 1962-86
  • (fols. 75-84) Danny Kaye, 1956-88
  • (fols. 85-106) A.J. Levin, concerning Rhodesia (Zambia and Zimbabwe) and Tanganyika (Tanzania), 1964
  • (fols. 107-34) James McCann, 1968-77
  • (fols. 135-59) Naomi Mitchison, c.1964-5 (many undated)
  • (fols. 160-212) Henry Moore, concerning sculpture for United Nations, 1961-85

with (fols. 213-81) correspondence concerning Moore and Hepworth projects and photographs of Moore sculptures, 1961-80

Restrictions on Access: Correspondence later than December 1977 is closed.

Correspondence, 1952-95
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6500

Extent: 258 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-24) Rupert Murdoch, 1952-94
  • (fols. 25-71) Philip (later Baron) Noel-Baker, 1956-79
  • (fols. 72-258) Sidney and Cynthia Nolan, 1959-69, including
    • (fols. 91-100) cards drawn by Sidney Nolan
    • (fols. 101-258) correspondence and papers concerning Sidney Nolan's funeral and memorial services and the Sidney Nolan Trust, 1992-5
Restrictions on Access: Correspondence later than December 1977 is closed.

Correspondence, 1943-93
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6501

Extent: 254 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-19) Julius Nyerere, 1963-84
  • (fols. 20-54) Conor Cruise and Maire O'Brien, 1962-92
  • (fols. 55-86) F. Taylor Ostrander of American Metal Climax Inc., partly about the supply of a radio broadcasting unit to President Nyerere of Tanzania, 1962-4
  • (fols. 87-113) Sir Ronald Prain, 1964-91
  • (fols. 114-90 = Res.) Cyril Rogers, including discussion of Smith's application for post at the Australian National University's Centre for Peace Studies and his proposed lecture tour of East Africa, 1984-93
  • (fols. 191-214) Herman D. Stein, 1963-5
  • (fols. 215-54) James Stephens, 1943-4
Restrictions on Access: Items marked Res. and other correspondence later than December 1977 are closed.

Correspondence, 1947-94
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6502

Extent: 285 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-45) Donald Tyerman, 1947-76
  • (fols. 46-111) Sir Brian Urquhart, 1968-94
  • (fols. 112-23) A.A.J. van Bilsen, 1962-85
  • (fols. 124-52) Campbell Voullaire, concerning industrial co-operation with developing countries, 1973-6
  • (fols. 153-67) Sir Roy Welensky, mainly concerning Ndola crash, 1976-81
  • (fols. 168-88) Gough Whitlam, 1969-76
  • (fols. 189-206) Chester Wilmot, and concerning his death, 1953-4
  • (fols. 207-85 = Res.) Harlington Wood, 1986-94
Restrictions on Access: Items marked Res. and other correspondence later than December 1977 are closed.

C.2   General correspondence, 1941-95, and letters to the press, 1976-94

C.2.1   General correspondence, 1941-95 (correspondence later than December 1977 is closed)

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6503-13

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6503

Extent: 289 leaves

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6504

Extent: 113 leaves

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6505

Extent: 334 leaves

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6506

Extent: 287 leaves

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6507

Extent: 290 leaves

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6508

Extent: 210 leaves

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6509

Extent: 201 leaves

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6510 = Res.

Extent: 320 leaves

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6511 = Res.

Extent: 181 leaves

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6512 = Res.

Extent: 230 leaves

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6513 = Res.

Extent: 228 leaves

C.2.2   Copies of letters written by Smith to the press, 1976-94

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 6514

Copies of letters written by Smith to the press, 1976-94
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6514

Extent: 166 leaves

D   Literary papers, 1930-95

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6515-22, e. 3255

Speeches and broadcasts, with related correspondence, 1940-89
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6515

Extent: 209 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 2-5) Sydney Rotary Club, 1940
  • (fols. 6-8) International Co-operative Journalists' School, 1949
  • (fols. 9-11) on death of Dag Hammarskjold, 1962
  • (fols. 12-14) on opening of Kenyan television service, 1962
  • (fols. 15-32) Rhodesian National Affairs Association, 1962
  • (fols. 33-6) on death of President Kennedy, 1963
  • (fols. 67-100) on twenty fifth anniversary of the United Nations, 1970
  • (fols. 145-60) Nowra Historical Society, 1989
  • (fols. 161-71) on communications, n.d.
  • (fols. 176-81) on the role of the United Nations, n.d.
  • (fols. 182-5) on the international civil servant, n.d.

Articles, 1937-95
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6516

Extent: 171 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 16-19) funeral of George VI, 1952
  • (fols. 21-2) arrival of first UN Emergency Force (UNEF) troops in Egypt, 1956
  • (fols. 23-4) Dag Hammarskjold, 1962
  • (fols. 26-7) Moise Tshombe, 1963
  • (fols. 35-8) Rhodesian rebellion, 1965
  • (fols. 39-45) 'The United Nations in the fight against poverty', 1968
  • (fols. 67-75) death of Dag Hammarskjold, 1980
  • (fols. 76-83) 1955 Four Powers Summit in Geneva, 1985
  • (fols. 84-91) Julius Nyerere, 1985
  • (fols. 97-106) Fijian coup, 1987

Literary papers concerning Australia, 1936-51
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6517

Extent: 223 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-77) three chapters of a novel, 'Home of the Dawn', recounting emigration of Smith's forebears from England to Australia, 1940s
  • (fols. 78-141) beginning of a novel about Australia in the 1900s, 1940s
  • (fols. 149-91) 'The House with a Golden Key', autobiographical account of Smith's childhood, c.1950
  • (fols. 197-223) letters and notes of Arnold Haskell concerning early settlers in Australia, c.1936-9

Literary papers, 1946-85
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6518

Extent: 360 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-30) 'Human Document', draft of film script, 1946
  • (fols. 31-142) 'The Edge of Peace', a verse radio play, 1948
  • (fols. 143-54) introduction to Marcus Clarke, For the Term of his Natural Life (London Glasgow, 1952)
  • (fols. 155-68) diary of visit to Dar es Salaam, Oct. 1960
  • (fols. 183-360) correspondence and papers concerning Smith's Ghosts of Kampala (London, 1980), 1976-85

Literary papers, 1976-85
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6519

Extent: 211 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-25) report on proposed environmental unit (later EarthWatch), c.1976
  • (fols. 26-52) draft outline of Smith's autobiography (provisionally entitled 'The Unknown Assignation'), c.1980
  • (fols. 88-114) his Boyer Lectures, 1964
  • (fols. 181-211) related correspondence with publishers, 1980-5

Miscellaneous literary papers, c.1930-85
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6520

Extent: 336 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 83-157) draft articles
  • (fols. 158-214) autobiographical notes

Notebooks containing miscellaneous jottings, 1955-90
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. e. 3255

Extent: 284 leaves

Literary papers, 1933-94
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6521

Extent: 148 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-44) obituaries written by Smith for various British newspapers including the Guardian and the Independent, 1977-94
  • (fols. 45-148) poems, 1933-90

Draft poems, some under the pseudonym 'Africanus', 1940-90, with (fols. 119-41) related letters from publishers, 1944
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6522

Extent: 141 leaves

E   Family, personal and business papers, 1894-1995

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6523-31, d. 3190

Restrictions on Access: Correspondence later than December 1977 is closed.

Correspondence with Mary Smith (many letters undated), 1945-67
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6523

Extent: 228 leaves

Correspondence and papers concerning Penelope Gilliatt, 1961-95
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6524 = Res.

Extent: 239 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-156) correspondence with and concerning Penelope Gilliatt, 1961-95
  • (fols. 157-60) obituaries of her first husband Roger Gilliatt, 1991
  • (fols. 161-8) newscuttings about her second husband John Osborne, 1992-5
  • (fols. 169-239) obituaries and letters of condolence on her death, 1993

Correspondence and papers concerning Angela Conner, 1956-95
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6525 = Res.

Extent: 246 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-154) correspondence with Angela Conner and with others about her work, 1962-95
  • (fols. 155-89) catalogues of her exhibitions, c.1970-89
  • (fols. 199-246 ) newscuttings, 1972-93

Correspondence and papers concerning Edda Ivan Smith, 1964-95
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6526 = Res.

Extent: 326 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-23) adoption papers, 1964-5
  • (fols. 24-77) correspondence with Andersen Mwakeselo and Monika Nkum (Edda's parents), 1964-91
  • (fols. 78-156) correspondence about Edda, 1967-86
  • (fols. 157-204) correspondence with Edda, 1973-95
  • (fols. 309-26) press cuttings, 1964-92

Papers of Edda Ivan Smith, 1974-87
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6527

Extent: 252 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-74 = Res.) poems and stories, 1974-81
  • (fols. 75-94 = Res.) college reports, 1981-4
  • (fols. 97-196) thesis on black feminism, 1984
  • (fols. 200-52) press articles, 1985-7

Papers of Smith's aunt, the pianist Jean Melville (stage name of Eadith Sullivan), 1906-94
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6528

Extent: 530 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 77-94) letters to and concerning Jean Melville, 1922-94
  • (fols. 102-51) notes for 'In My Time', a 'musical autobiography' by Jean Melville, 1949-52
  • (fols. 152-481) newscuttings, 1908-49
  • (fols. 482-530) printed memorabilia, 1916-51
Restrictions on Access: Correspondence later than December 1977 is closed.

Family correspondence, 1936-95, including (fols. 1-209) wartime correspondence with family and friends in Australia, 1936-47
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6529

Extent: 275 leaves
Restrictions on Access: Correspondence later than December 1977 is closed.

Correspondence and papers concerning Smith family history, 1894-1988, including (fols. 1-80) papers concerning Smith's father, George Franklin Smith, and his work as a prison governor, 1894-1939, including (fols. 57-80) newscuttings, c.1936-50
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6530

Extent: 305 leaves
Restrictions on Access: Correspondence later than December 1977 is closed.

Passports, identity cards and vaccination certificates of George and Mary Ivan Smith, 1935-73
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3190

Extent: 333 leaves

Smith's financial and business papers, 1949-95
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6531

Extent: 188 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 20-36) gun licences, 1963-5
  • (fols. 37-54) purchase of works of art, 1963-5
  • (fols. 55-81 = Res.) pension, 1968-93
  • (fols. 147-88 = Res.) law suit against William Brownell for breach of contract, 1982-4
Restrictions on Access: Items marked Res. and other correspondence later than December 1977 are closed.

F   Newscuttings, 1941-94, and photographs, 1888-1995

Shelfmarks: MS. Eng. c. 6532; Photogr. c. 104-10

Newscuttings relating to Smith from the British and international press, 1941-94
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6532

Extent: 291 leaves

Photographs, mainly of family and Australia, c.1888-1962
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 104

Extent: 108 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 9-22) George Franklin Smith as prison governor, c.1920-40
  • (fols. 66-80) visit to Australia, c.1948

Family photographs, c.1964-95
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 105

Extent: 79 leaves

Photographs of Smith's working life, c.1940-60
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 106

Extent: 49 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-2) Radio Australia, c.1940
  • (fols. 3-11) the BBC, c.1941-5
  • (fols. 12-49) the United Nations, 1947-60 including
    • (fols. 21-32) Dag Hammarskjold, c.1955-7
    • (fols. 42-9) UN Emergency Force (UNEF), 1957

Photographs of Smith's first visit to Tanganyika (Tanzania) and Zanzibar, 1960
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 107

Extent: 86 leaves

Photographs of Smith as a UN civil servant, 1960-2
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 108

Extent: 41 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 4-6) in the Congo, 1960-2
  • (fols. 7-18) Rhodesia (Zambia and Zimbabwe), c.1962
  • (fols. 19-35) relating to the Ndola crash site, c.1962

Photographs of Smith as a UN civil servant, c.1963-75
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 109

Extent: 69 leaves

Photographs of Jean Melville (stage name of Eadith Sullivan) who was Smith's aunt, c.1910-90
Shelfmark: MS. Photogr. c. 110

Extent: 43 leaves

G   Printed material, 1945-92, and memorabilia, c.1920-94

G.1   Printed material including some publications inscribed to Smith and others containing articles by him or relating to him, 1945-92

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6533, d. 3191-2

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6533

Extent: 16 items

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3191

Extent: 10 items

Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3192

Extent: 9 items

G.2   Memorabilia, c.1920-94

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 6534, d. 3193

Printed ephemera, 1943-94
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 6534

Extent: 182 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-25) invitations, 1945-93
  • (fols. 26-70) memorial service cards, 1957-93

Invitations and programmes for tour with Dag Hammarskjold, UN Secretary General, to Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australasia, Jan.-Feb. 1956
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. d. 3193

Extent: 131 leaves

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