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United Nations Documents: Official Records

A finding aid for UN Documents held in Olin Library,
Prepared by Lynn Thitchener


Official Records

1992 -- (including many earlier documents):

ODS Online covers all types of official United Nations documentation, from 1992 forward, but older UN documents are being added to the system all the time. ODS also provides access to resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council, from 1946 - .

Prior to 1992, you may need to locate a hardcopy of the document in the library. Bound volumes of United Nations Official Records are housed on the Lower Level of Olin Library. 

Ranges:  B-L120 to B-L121

Call number: ++ JX 1977 .A41

From 1946 - 1997, documents were collated and bound by the library. In later years, after the UN Documents system (ODS) came online, paper documents were collated and filed in grayboards and sent to the Annex.

Please Note: The bound volumes of Offical Records are incomplete. If you don't find something in the bound volumes, try the UN Official Document System (ODS Online). If the item is not available in ODS Online, check the microfiche/microcard sets.

The bound volumes are organized by session (year) and then according to the following scheme:

General Assembly Official Records (GAOR)
Checklist of Documents  
List of Delegations  

Note: "A/PV.__" document numbers are located in lower right-hand corner of each document bound in the meetings volume.

Plenary Meetings

Note: Volumes may also simply say "Meetings" on the spine.

Document Symbols
A/BUR/__SR.__ General Committee
A/C.1/__PV.__  First Committee (Political and Security)
A/C.2/__SR.__ Second Committee
(Economic and Financial)


Third Committee (Humanitarian and Cultural)


Fourth Committee (Trusteeship)


Fifth Committee
(Administrative and Budget)


Sixth Committee (Legal)
May include documents from subsidiary bodies

Resolutions and Decisions are in the last supplement of each session.


Index to Proceedings

See also: United Nations General Debate Corpus

"This new dataset, the UN General Debate Corpus (UNGDC), introduces the corpus of texts of General Debate statements from 1970 (Session 25) to 2016 (Session 71). Basic visualization and corpus exploration tools are available here."

Economic and Social Council Official Records (ESCOR)
List of Delegations (maybe)  
E/  /SR. Plenary Meetings
E/  / Supplements
(Resolutions and Decisions are in the first supplement of each session)
Index to Proceedings


Security Council Official Records  (SCOR)
S/PV. __ Meetings


S/INF.__  Resolutions
Index to Proceedings

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