- June-Aug. 1940: Invitation of Princeton University, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research and Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton to host the Technical Sections of the Secretariat, signed by H.W.Dodds, C. Tenbroeck, F. Aydelotte;
- June 1940: Lettre à Lester, Aghnides, Loveday, Skylstad, Charron, Tyler from Princeton;
- Correspondence with Sweetser, H.B. Livingston, Norwegian Legation.
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).
This volume 1 of the diary of Sean Lester covers the period from October 1935 to 17 April 1941.Lester, Sean
J. Avenol's proposals to T. Aghnides (Greece), League of Nations Under Secretary-General: T. Aghnides in charge of the remnants of the League of Nations Secretariat but with restricted powers, while J. Avenol in semi-retirement, T. Aghnides wanted to resign, J. Avenol refused; J. Avenol's proposals: exclusion of the "Anglo-Saxon world" (Great Britain and America) from Europe; Swiss Authorities would not mind the disappearance of the League of Nations, the removal of some technical sections to other countries and the resignation of the Secretary-General; J. Avenol tried to get S. Lester's resignation.
Sketches - Death of Arthur Henderson; Noel Baker; Zilliacus; F. Nansen; Carl Joachim Hambro; Pierre Laval; Anthony Eden; General Le Rond; General Dawes.
Discussion with Locht, Belgian representative, and von Radowitz, German Consul General, on Hitler's coup-de-force; ex-President Ziehm on S. Lester's actions (Ziehm was German Nationalist President of the Senate).
Meeting of the League of Nations Council in London with invitation to Germany to be represented.
Noë's prophecies and fears on the outcome of the German situation, prospects of war; Hitler's speech in Munich; German conditions to accept the invitation to attend the League of Nations Council; comments on dictatorships, Hitler and Mussolini.
Saint Patrick's day.
Comments on Hitler's speech in Munich; letter from an American interested in S. Lester.