- 1954 - 2010 (predominant 1972 - 2005) (Creation)
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Extent and medium
938 audio reels and audio cassettes; 378 videocassettes
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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Most of the sound recordings in this series were transferred directly to the Archives from the Information and Public Affairs Department (IPA) in 1995. Other records in this series were transferred from External Affairs (EXT) units to the Archives in accordance with approved records retention and disposition schedules.
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Scope and content
Series contains sound recordings and videos created by External Relations and its predecessor units documenting World Bank meetings and other events organized, sponsored, or attended by Bank units. The series primarily contains audio reels of Annual Meeting speeches by Bank Presidents, Governors and world leaders as well as various Annual Meetings sessions. These materials date from 1954 to 1999. Records from Annual Meetings from the years 1955, 1961, 1964 and 1967 are missing from this series. Audio reelsof consultative group, consortia, and aid meetings, from 1965 to 1980, are also included.
The series also contains a collection of recorded speeches, press conferences, and interviews, primarily of Bank Presidents but also featuring other Bank staff. These audio reels cover the period 1956 to 1987. Speeches given by President McNamara are the most common, but Presidents Clausen, Conable, Woods, and Black also appear in the recordings. There are audio reels recording President Black's television addressto the National Farm Institute in 1956 and a press conference in April 1957.
Other sound recordings consist of speeches given by various Bank staff, including Vice President Robert L. Garner, at conferences, seminars, and other forums, audio reels relating to the Orangi Pilot Project in Pakistan which was launched in 1980, and audio cassettes of various Bank press conferences from 1997 to 1999.
Videos included in this series contain Bank Presidents' speeches, addresses, press conferences, and interviews covering the period 1985 to 2010 but are predominantly from President Wolfensohn's tenure from 1995 to 2005. Videos include: speeches and press conferences at Annual Meetings by Presidents Conable, Preston, Wolfensohn, Wolfowitz and Zoellick; World Development Report (WDR) press conferences; town halls; President Wolfensohn's speeches and addresses given at high-level meetings, conferences, or trips to countries; and international media interviews of Bank presidents. Other videos document interviews with other World Bank staff. A small number of videos relate to orientation for new staff (1988) and proceedings of meetings such as Second Africa Regional Workshop on Harmonization, Alignment and Results for Development Effectiveness (2004), and the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) in 2006.
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System of arrangement
Video and sound recordings are not in any discernible order.
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Conditions governing access
Records are subject to the World Bank Access to Information Policy
Conditions governing reproduction
Records are subject to the Copyright Policy of the World Bank Group.
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Physical characteristics and technical requirements
The majority of the audio/visual materials in this series has not been viewed or subjected to a condition assessment. It is possible that individual items will not be accessible. Digitization of materials will be considered on a case-by-base basis.
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Internal World Bank Group Archives rules
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Dates of creation revision deletion
26 November 2019