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Archive of Frederic Eckhard


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Comprises pre- and post-approval interview transcripts, research notes, questions, email correspondence, and CD/tape recordings of Frederic Eckhard and interviewees in preparation for Eckhard writing a biography of Kofi Annan.


  • Creation: Creation: Majority of material found within Bulk, 2006-2007
  • Creation: Creation: 2000-2013


1.31 Linear metres (9 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English
  • French

Conditions Governing Access

Some material is closed.

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. 13093/1].

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MSS. 13093/1-9

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 13093


Interview recordings and transcripts of Frederic Eckhard (fl. 1970s to present), former spokesperson for Kofi Annan.

Biographical / Historical

Frederic Eckhard (fl. 1970s-present) was a senior United Nations civil servant and spokesman. Prior to joining the Secretariat in 1985, Eckhard worked 12 years for the United Nations Association of the United States of America, where he was Chief Editor and Vice President. When he first joined the United Nations, he worked as an information officer on the subject of the United Nations financial crisis. He was spokesman in the field for two United Nations peacekeeping operations—in Namibia (1989-1990) and in former Yugoslavia. He became the first spokesman for the United Nation Protection Force (UNPROFOR) and was based in Sarajevo when the war broke out in 1992. Eckhard became the first-ever joint spokesman for the United Nations and the European Community when he was named joint spokesman for the co-chairs of the International Conference for the Former Yugoslavia in 1992. Eckhard specialized in peacekeeping as Associate Spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. He first joined the United Nations Spokesman's Office under Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar in 1988.

In 1996, he was working under Kofi Annan in the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) as the chief liaison officer. In January 1997, Eckhard was appointed Spokesman for United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, and served in that capacity until his retirement in June 2005.

Eckhard now serves as co-founder and CEO of Chance for Change, a project founded in 2011 for the purpose of providing financial aid for the higher education of young women in Burkina Faso, West Africa. He and his wife, Kathryn, have lived in Saint-Quay-Portrieux, France, permanently since 2005.


Original order has been preserved.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Frederic Eckhard in October 2017 as part of the United Nations Career Records Project.

Catalogue of the archive of Frederic Eckhard
Carys Howell
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom