Papers of George Ivan Smith

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  • Reference
      GB 161 MSS. Eng. c. 6454-534, d. 3190-3, e. 3252-5, Photogr. c. 104-10
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  • Physical Description
      96 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

Correspondence and papers of George Ivan Smith, consisting of:

  • Early career (1937-47), 1941-92, containing papers from his employment with the BBC and J. Arthur Rank Organisation
  • United Nations career (1947-75), 1929-87, subdivided into sections on Africa, the Middle East, Dag Hammarskjold and secondments from the United Nations
  • Correspondence, 1941-95
  • Literary papers, 1930-95
  • Family, personal and business papers, 1894-1995
  • Newscuttings, 1941-94, and photographs, 1888-1995
  • Printed material, 1945-92, and memorabilia, c.1920-94

Administrative / Biographical History

George Ivan Smith (1915-1995) was a broadcaster and international civil servant. There are further details in the online catalgoue - see 'Finding Aids' below.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Correspondence later than December 1977 is closed.

Acquisition Information

The papers were bequeathed to the Bodleian Library by George Ivan Smith in 1993, following his contribution of material to the United Nations Career Records Project (MSS. Eng. c. 4702, fols. 132-225; c. 4733, items 5-6; c. 4797, fols. 187-230).


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue of the collection is available online at

Related Material

A small file of material, generated during Smith's time in the BBC's Overseas Service and mainly concerning the reporting of the D Day landings in June 1944, was given to the BBC Written Archives Centre in 1994 (BBC Archives reference: S260). A cigarette box (containing small bottle and bullet) engraved by an inmate of Goulburn Jail, c.1920, broken 'love arrow', n.d., and Katanga 1961 badge (fabric) are now Janitor's List of Library Portraits and Objects, nos. 736/1-3.

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