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Papers of John Alexander-Sinclair


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Comprises papers relating to Alexander-Sinclair's work with United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Rescue Committee (IRC), United Nations Technical Assistance Board (UNTAB), and Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).


  • Creation: 1944-1963


3.26 Linear metres (9 boxes)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 4655, 1, fols. 1-2].

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MSS. Eng. c. 4655-4663

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15335-1


Papers of John Alexis Clifford Cerda Alexander-Sinclair (1906-1988), diplomat

Biographical / Historical

John Alexander-Sinclair (1906-1988) started his career in the British Foreign Service, stationed in Peking [Beijing]. In 1944 he was seconded to United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), and from 1946 to 1948 he served as Secretary to the UK Delegation at the United Nations in New York. He was appointed Executive Director of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)in 1951, and from 1955 took on the role of UNHCR Representative in Italy. In 1959 he became United Nations Technical Advisor in Thailand and Iran, and from 1961 to 1962 worked as Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) manpower expert in Morocco.


The papers of John Alexander-Sinclair were previously catalogued as part of the Archive of the United Nations Career Records Project, but the decision was taken to separate them to form a collection on their own. The shelfmarks, and the order in which they were originally catalogued have been maintained.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The material was collected via the United Nations Career Records Project, 1989-1992.

Archive of the papers of John Alexander-Sinclair
Original catalogue by Martin Jennings, edited and revised by M. Webb. New version created by Francesca Alves
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First edition

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom