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United Nations Collection

Yale University Library has been a depository for United Nations publications since 1945. The UN depository collection includes:

  • official records of the main organs of the United Nations
  • sales publications
  • periodicals
  • United Nations Treaty Series
  • United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Environment Programme publications
  • other generally distributed documents and publications of the United Nations.

Other United Nations depository libraries in the Northeast include Brown, Columbia, Harvard, New York University, and Princeton.  Consult the complete list of United Nations depository libraries for more information.


Sessions of the UN General Assembly

If you need a quick list of the years and session numbers of the UN General Assembly, consult this page of GA Resolutions.

    Featured resources

    • United Nations Research Guides
      The United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library has created excellent research guides on a variety of topics (development, disarmament, human rights, etc.), as well as very thorough resources for understanding UN documentation and how/where to find it. I recommend these guides for anyone undertaking in-depth research with United Nations materials.
    • Yearbook of the United Nations (back to 1946)
      If you're interested in United Nations activities for a particular year, or in tracing activities over time, this is an invaluable reference resource that provides detailed overviews of the UN's work and concerns. Each Yearbook is fully indexed and includes all major General Assembly, Security Council, and Economic and Social Council resolutions.
    • Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Original Drafting Materials
      Digitized primary sources from the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1946-1948. From the UN Office at Geneva Archives.

    General sources for United Nations documents and publications

    • Orbis (Yale Library Catalog)
    • United Nations Official Documents System (ODS)
      Full text of United Nations official documentation, 1993-present with some older materials. ODS also provides access to the resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards.
    • UNBISnet - UN Bibliographic Information System
      Catalog of United Nations documents and publications indexed by the UN's libraries in NYC and Geneva; coverage is from 1979-onward, with older documents added regularly. Also provides some full-text access, including resolutions adopted by the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the Security Council from 1946 onward.
    • Access UN (1945-present) - Yale subscription database
      Materials in Access UN may be available in full text online, or are available in print or microfiche.
    • United Nations Sales Publications
      Browse publications by subject, agency, and more. Some titles are available in full text online; check Orbis to see if Yale has the publication in print.
    • UN Member States On the Record
      Provides access to official documents reflecting the views of United Nations Member States. Information available for each Member State includes: the key documents related to its membership in the UN; statements made before the principal organs; draft resolutions sponsored; periodic reports submitted on Human Rights conventions, and more.
    • United Nations Documentation - Research Guide
      Very helpful guide from the UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library - especially useful for beginning research into UN activities.
    • UN-I-QUE (UN Info Quest)
      Provides quick access to document symbols/sales numbers for UN materials (1946 onwards). Does not give full bibliographic details, but focuses on documents and publications of a recurrent nature, e.g., annual/sessional reports of committees/commissions; annual publications; reports periodically/irregularly issued; reports of major conferences; statements in the General Debate; etc. Note: UN-I-QUE is no longer being updated as of 2014.
    • Access UNDP
      Online index to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project reports microfiche set (1972-1998). Use Access UNDP to identify documents available on microfiche in the Sterling Memorial Library Microform Reading Room.

    Indexes to proceedings

    The "indexes to proceedings" for the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and Trusteeship Council provide:

    (1) a comprehensive subject index to all the documents (reports, letters, meeting records, resolutions, etc.) issued by the body in question during a particular session/year; and
    (2) an index to speeches delivered before the forum in question during a particular session/year.

    The UN provides a useful description of the indexes to proceedings.


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    • United Nations Treaty Collection
      The UN Treaty Collection includes all multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations and those formerly deposited with the League of Nations, plus bilateral and multilateral treaties registered with and published by the United Nations Secretariat in accordance with Article 102.

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