Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

United Nations Association, Dallas Chapter



Overview of the Collection

Creator: United Nations Association, Dallas Chapter
Title: United Nations Association, Dallas Chapter
Dates: 1974 - 2003
Accession No.: MA04-1
Quantity: 1.8 cubic feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St  Dallas, TX 75201

Institutional History

The United Nations officially formed October 24, 1945 after fifty countries, including China, France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States, met to draw up a charter for a worldwide organization of member countries. According to the charter, the purpose or mission of the United Nations Association is to "maintain international peace and security," "develop friendly relations among nations," "achieve international cooperation in solving international problems," and "to be the centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends."

The Dallas Chapter of the United Nations was formed in January 1953 and officially accredited on May 12th of the same year. The influential Judge Sarah T. Hughes was its first president, and other members responsible for helping the chapter get started were Louise Raggio, Canon Ferguson, Mrs. E.R. Brownscombe, Grady Spruce, and Luther Holcombe. At the time of the chapter's formation, there was strong opposition to the United Nations, particularly in conservative Dallas. There were often heated arguments in the city's newspaper editorials and letters from readers. The papers often reported on speeches given at various club gatherings either for and often against the United Nations. Critics of the United Nations felt it threatened the sovereignty of the United States government and even worse, promoted communism and threatened Christianity. Proponents of the United Nations, such as Judge Hughes and others, formed the chapter to counter increasing attacks in Dallas against it. They believed that the organization was essential in promoting and preserving peace throughout the world and protecting future generations from the scourge of war.

Sources:

1. Indomitable Sarah: The Life of Judge Sarah T. Hughes, Darwin Payne, Southern Methodist University Press, 2004

2. Dallas Morning News

3. United Nations Association, Dallas Chapter website


Scope and Contents

This collection documents the inner workings of the UNA Dallas Chapter, including programs and education, financial materials, advocacy issues relating to the UNA, membership lists and reports, and publications such as the Viewsletter.


 

Arrangement

The United Nations Association, Dallas Chapter collection is divided into seven series - Membership, Advocacy, Resource Development, Programs/ Education, Board, Treasury, UNA-USA (National). These series represent the different committees or sections within the chapter.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

Photocopying of the collection is allowed at the discretion of the archivist.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Organizations:
United Nations
Places:
Dallas (Tex.)
Subjects:
Organizations - Texas - Dallas

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA 04-1 United Nations Association, Dallas Chapter, Texas/ Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

Processed by Brian Collins. Additions processed by Bryan McKinney, 2008


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I - Membership 1991-2003

Consists of membership lists, questionnaires, applications, and publications. Some information pertaining to the Treasury (Membership Cash Reports) will be in this series.
Box Folder
1 1 Cash Report 1997
2 Cash Report 1998
3 Cash Report and New Member Galley 1999
4 Cash Report, New Member Galley, and Change and Transfer Report 2000
5 Cash Report, New Member Galley, and Change and Transfer Report 2001
6 Questionnaires 1999-2000
7 Applications 1995
8 Applications 1996
9 Applications 2000
10 Mailing List 1998
11 Mailing List 1999
12 Miscellaneous 1991-1998
13 Miscellaneous 1998-1999
14 Miscellaneous 2000
15 Miscellaneous 2001
16 Miscellaneous 2003
17 Gallery Report 1993
18 Galley Report 1998
19 Galley Report 1999-2000
20 Galley Report 2001
21 Telephone/Website
22 Viewsletter
23 Viewsletter - Agenda and Administrative Materials
24 Speaker's Bureau
25 History/Reasons to Join
26 Photographs



 

Series II - Advocacy

Consists of materials related to affiliations with other groups as well as press releases and correspondence advocating the United Nations.
Box Folder
1 27 Alliances/Affiliations
28 Government Relations
29 Global Activist Kit 2000
30 Media Relations/Press Kit
31 Community Liaison



 

Series III - Resource Development

Box Folder
1 32 Fundraising/ Sponsorship
33 Fundraising Guide
34 Mini-Grant
35 501 (c) 3



 

Series IV - Programs/ Education 1990-2003

Materials relating to programs put on by the Dallas Chapter of the United Nations. The five major programs - Adopt-A-Minefield, Committee on Refugees, MUNDO, Essay Contest, and the Annual Banquet - have been filed separately. All other program and education materials are filed by year. Some Banquet materials relating to finances may be in the Treasury series for those corresponding years.
Box Folder
1 36 1990-1998
37 1999-2000
38 2001
39 2002
40 2003
41 Adopt-A-Minefield
42 Committee on Refugees
43 MUNDO (Model United Nations)
44 Essay Contest
45 Partners for Peace
46 Banquet - Year ?
47 Banquet 1993-1995
48 Banquet 1998
49 Banquet - Reservation Cards 1999
50 Banquet 1999
51 Banquet 2000
52 Banquet 2001
53 Banquet 2002
54 Banquet 2003



 

Series V - Board 1974-2003

Consists of board minutes, board member lists, correspondence, chapter by-laws, annual reports, and information on Chapters/Divisions.
Box Folder
1 55 Members 1974-1979
56 Members 1990-1991
57 Members 1993-1994
58 Members 1995-1996
59 Members 1997-1998
60 Activity Calendar 1997
61 Minutes 1995-1996
62 Minutes 1996
63 Minutes 1997
64 Minutes 1998
65 Members 1998
66 Minutes 1999
67 Members 1999
68 Minutes 2000
69 Members 2000
70 Minutes 2001
71 Members 2001
72 Minutes 2002
73 Members 2002
Box Folder
2 1 Minutes 2003
2 Members 2003
3 Strategic Planning 1992-1993
4 Strategic Planning 1995
5 Strategic Planning 2003
6 Annual Reports
7 By-Laws
8 Job Descriptions
9 Chapters and Divisions
10 Reorganization 1997
11 Environment Committee
12 Nomination Committee
13 Orientation 1994
14 Orientation 1996
15 Quarterly Mailings from National



 

Series VI - Treasury

Box Folder
2 16 1987-1992
17 1993
18 1994
Box Folder
3 1 1995
2 1996
3 1997
4 1998
5 1999
6 2000
7 2001
8 2002
9 2003
10 IRS Paperwork
11 Sales Tax



 

Series VII - UNA-USA (National)

Box Folder
3 12 Bylaws
13 Report to (from Dallas)
14 National Convention 1995
15 National Conference 1997
16 Other Chapters
17 Publications
18 Sticker