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8 September 1939
§Pp 274/1/326-328 · Document · 1939.09.08
Part of Private Archives

German propaganda in Geneva; Winston Churchill in the War Cabinet and A. Eden, Dominions Secretary; widespread espionage: Boleshaw Celinski, Polish League of Nations Secretariat Official, Political Section, Titus Komarnicki, Polish delegate, League of Nations Council sessions, Edvard Benes, former President of Czechoslovakia (1935-1938), delegate at the League of Nations Council sessions, Colonel Jozef Beck, Foreign Minister of Poland, delegate at the League of Nations Council sessions.

Pp274/2 · File · 1941-1947
Part of Private Archives

This volume 2 of the diary of Sean Lester consists in bound copies of correspondence covering the period from 5 August 1941 to 11 April 1947, plus one letter dated 25 June 1958.

Sean Lester's Diary
Pp274 · Series · 1935-1947
Part of Private Archives

This unedited and uncorrected typescript of the diary and papers of Sean Lester covers, in part, the period when he was League of Nations High Commissioner in Danzig (1935-1937), Deputy Secretary-General (1937-1940) and Secretary-General (1940-1947, by decision of the General Assembly in 1946) of the League of Nations in Geneva.

The material bound in this "Diary" is by no means complete, even for the 1935-1941 period. Some time after the "Diary" was bound, a further box of papers, covering most of S. Lester's life, was found, including: private diary entries, general S. Lester's notes, correspondence, press, etc. In fact, some of the most important papers for 1935-1941 were found and are not therefore in the "Diary" - for instance as regards the 1936 crisis.

Lester, Sean (1888-1959).
6 September 1940
Pp 274/2/932-935 · Document · 1940.09.06
Part of Private Archives

Press cuttings: "Leader page parade" on S. Lester's career; "Geneva Guardian" on S. Lester as the keeper of the Palace of the Nations; "Danzig mansion" on S. Lester as High Commissioner in Danzig; "New duties for Mr. Lester" on S. Lester as League of Nations' Deputy Secretary-General; "League begins closing down" on J. Avenol as League of Nations' Secretary-General declaring a state of emergency and announcing the staff's dismissal.

16 May 1940
Pp 274/2/929-932 · Document · 1940.05.16
Part of Private Archives

Press cuttings from Irish Press: "Swiss fear invasion" on British, French and German legations burning their papers and people leaving the cities; "Berne University closed" on Swiss mobilisation; "Position of Irishmen on League staff".

20 December 1941
Pp 274/2/928-929 · Document · 1941.12.20
Part of Private Archives

Letter of thanks from Elizabeth Wiskeman, British Legation in Berne, to S. Lester; New Year card from Les Soeurs de St. Louis to thank S. Lester.

23 December 1941
Pp 274/2/928 · Document · 1941.12.23
Part of Private Archives

S. Lester's family news; note informing S. Lester of the closing up La Pelouse for two months.

17 December 1941
Pp 274/2/925-927 · Document · 1941.12.17
Part of Private Archives

Letter of S. Lester to A. Sweetser: review of 1941; ILO Conference.

22 December 1941
Pp 274/2/922-925 · Document · 1941.12.22
Part of Private Archives

S. Lester's letter: transfer of A. Loveday's work to the ILO, trouble in the relationships between A. Loveday and Charron, Economic Committee meeting and liaison in London, Statistical Year Book, Health Office location of headquarters.