UN member states regularly make speeches in General Assembly meetings, committee meetings, and in the Security Council. UN speeches are a good way to determine the official stand of a country on an issue, as well as to look at international rhetorical style. Speeches from the General Assembly and the Security Council are located in the 3rd Floor, Old Stacks. They are also located in the UN microfiche collection.
Because the General Assembly is a large body and considers many issues, it allocates most questions to one of its main committees:
These indexes allow you to search for speeches.
You need the document number in order to find the UN document in print or microfiche in Alderman Library. Here are some examples:
For most speeches UVA Library will have both a paper and a microfiche version.
|Sessions of the UN||Location|
|1st through most recent complete session||Official Records of the UN General Assembly, Ivy Stacks|
|38th through current session||Many speeches are available online. Use UNBISnet - Speech Index, UN.org|
Other types of preliminary records (letters etc.) are filed in the 3rd floor Old Stacks. These mimeographed UN documents are filed by document number, e.g. A/46/876 or S/345. We keep UN mimeographed documents for 2 years until they are replaced by microfiche which are filed In the Maps/Microforms Room.