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Dag Hammarskjöld Collection
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Dag Hammarskjöld Collection - Post view
Region / Country - Europe • North America > Sweden
Year of Registration 2017
Possessing Institutions Kungliga Biblioteket
Management Institution Kungliga Biblioteket
Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961) is one of the best known Swedes internationally. He was Secretary-General of the United Nations from 10 April 1953 until 18 September 1961 when he died in a plane crash while on a peace mission in the Congo.   After his death in 1961, his Collection (The Dag Hammarskjöld Collection/Dag Hammarskjölds samling), consisting mainly of documents, dossiers concerning the UN activities, manuscripts and letters,  personal “reference files” with documents and memoranda on world political matters, was donated to Kungliga Biblioteket (KB)/The National Library of Sweden  in accordance with his will. The Collection documents the work and influence of Hammarskjöld and shows the Government official as well as the private person. 
 
The Collection has served as the basis for research on Dag Hammarskjöld and the UN. It covers a significant period of the UN’s history and is of great importance for the understanding of the post Second World War history and the Cold War. 
 
The Hammarskjöld Collection is mainly in the English language, the size of the Collection is approx 45 running meters and it is principally organized according to the different conflict zones.   The archival list is to be found on the internet and the Collection is freely available to all.