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Joseph Verner Reed (1937-2016) papers

Call Number: MS 1964

Scope and Contents

The Joseph Verner Reed (1937-) papers consist of correspondence, scrapbooks, speeches, topical files and photographs. The papers are arranged in four series: General Files, Speeches, Topical Files, and Photographs. The first series, General Files, contain personal and professional papers of Joseph Verner Reed from 1939 to 1999. The second series, Speeches, consist of Reed’s speeches from 1981 to 2009 with an index listing the topic of the speech, location of the speech and the date the speech was given. The third series, Topical Files, contain records of Reed’s tenure as the U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, service awards Reed received from over twenty-eight countries, files related to the exile of the Shah of Iran, and newspaper clippings and chronological files of Reed’s work with the United Nations. The fourth series, Photographs, contain images of events attended by Reed from 1969-2007.


  • 1939 - 2014


Conditions Governing Access

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy, which is retained by the repository. Researchers wishing to obtain an additional copy for their personal use should consult Copying Services information on the Manuscripts and Archives web site.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to Yale University for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Joseph Verner Reed, 2011, 2015.


Arranged in four series and one addition: I. General Files, 1939-1999. II. Speeches, 1981-2009. III. Topical Files, 1947-2011. IV. Photographs, 1969-2007.


38.75 Linear Feet (46 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The Joseph Verner Reed (1937-) papers consist of correspondence, scrapbooks, speeches, topical files and photographs. The papers primarily document Reed's service as ambassador to Morocco (1981-1985) and his tenure as special assistant to David Rockefeller at Chase Manhattan Bank, which includes materials documenting Rockefeller's role in gaining permission for the exiled Shah of Iran to undergo medical treatment in the United States in 1980.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Verner Reed (Jr.) was born in New York City on December 17, 1937. He was a graduate of Deerfield Academy and received his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University, Class of 1961.

Following his university studies, he joined the World Bank as private secretary to President Eugene Robert Black where he served from 1961 to 1963. From 1963 to 1981, he was vice president and assistant to the Chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank, David Rockefeller.

Reed was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as Ambassador of the United States of America to the Kingdom of Morocco in 1981 and in 1985 as the Representative of the United States to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations as Deputy Permanent Representative at the United States Mission. In 1987, he was appointed Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations for Politicial and General Assembly Affairs. In early 1989, President George H.W. Bush appointed Reed the Chief of Protocol at the White House, where he served until late 1991.

In 1992, the then Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, appointed Reed Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Special Representative for Public Affairs, concluding his assignment in February 1997. In June 1997, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi A. Annan, appointed Reed as President of the Staff Management Coordination Committee (SMCC), the highest internal body of the World Organization. Ambassador Reed served as SMCC president for seven years, concluding his assignment in December 2004. Reed died on September 29, 2016 in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Guide to the Joseph Verner Reed (1937-) papers
Under Revision
compiled by Michael Lotstein
October 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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