Zuckerman Archive: United Nations World Population Conference, Rome 1954

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      GB 1187 SZ/WPC
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      1 box (4 files)

Scope and Content

There is no correspondence in this series; it is possible that some related correspondence is to be found in series SZ/ACSP, Advisory Council on Scientific Policy, 1947-1964, SZ/NRTC, Natural Resources (Technical) Committee, 1950-1965, SZ/BU, Birmingham University, 1938-1993, and SZ/GEN, General Correspondence, 1909-1994.

File SZ/WPC/1, Programme etc., and Miscellaneous Documents, 1953-54, includes a typescript of the paper that Zuckerman gave at the Conference, Population in Relation to Creatable Non-Biological Resources. This file also contains a copy of Hansard (Lords), vol. 187, no. 63, 28 April 1954, which records a debate on World Population and Resources initiated by Viscount Samuel.

File SZ/PEP/2 of Series SZ/PEP, PEP (Political and Economic Planning), 1939-1985 is complementary to this series.

Copies of the published Summary Report and the 6-volume Proceedings of the Conference, both issued in 1955, are to be found in that part of Lord Zuckerman's personal library bequeathed to UEA and now joined with his Archive.

Administrative / Biographical History

A proposal that the United Nations should call a world conference on population was first put to the UN Population Commission in 1948, by the Director-General of UNESCO. This was followed by a similar call from the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population in 1951, and in 1952 the UN Economic and Social Council approved the calling of a conference, and accepted an offer by the Italian Government to host it. It was held in Rome from 31st August to 10th September, 1954. Solly Zuckerman was a member of the UK delegation.


  • SZ/WPC/1 Programme etc., and Miscellaneous Documents, 1953-54
  • SZ/WPC/2 Documents E.CONF.13.1-397 (incomplete), 1954 [in four sub-files]
  • SZ/WPC/3 Documents E.CONF.13/PSR. 2-23 (incomplete), 1954
  • SZ/WPC/4 Documents E.CONF.13/PL. 1, 3, 1954

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