Series - Chronological file (personal)

Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 08 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 07 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 05 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 19 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 18 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 17 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 13 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 12 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 16 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 15 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 14 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 11 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 10 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 09 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 06 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 04 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 03 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 02 Robert S. McNamara Personal Chronological Files - Chrons 01

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Reference code

WB IBRD/IDA EXC-10-4545S

Title

Chronological file (personal)

Date(s)

  • 1968 - 1972 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

0.40 linear feet of textual records

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Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

These files were sent from the Office of the President to the Archives on 3 June 1981.

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Scope and content

The personal chronological file contains material drafted by McNamara or his secretaries between 1968 and 1972. It includes outgoing correspondence, short memoranda to the senior staff and memoranda recording conversations, notes on special issues and notes to himself.

The correspondence consists of acceptances or declinations to speak, comment, serve on committees, join boards, lunch and dine; thank-you notes; congratulations and condolences; recommendations; the President's requests for meetings or support; letters on Bank activities and letters on private matters. Addressees include heads of States and government officials, U.S. Senators and Congressmen, bankers, scholars, publishers, journalists, art dealers and old friends. There are letters and cables to Hubert Humphrey, Edward Kennedy, David Rockefeller, John Kenneth Galbraith, Arthur Schlesinger, Pierre Salinger, Henry Kissinger, Walt W. Rostow, Edward Heath, Lord Mountbatten, and Harlan Cleveland.

The memoranda to the staff are short notes to the Vice-Presidents, the Economic Advisor, the General Counsel, and the Directors of the Development Services, External Affairs and Administration offices on particular issues of concern to their sector or department. Memoranda of conversations record discussions with members of the Board, Bank staff and government officials, including Henry Fowler, John Connally, Dean Rusk, Walt W. Rostow, Daniel Ellsberg and Maurice Strong.

Interfiled with outgoing letters and memoranda are lists of projects President McNamara drafted for himself in May 1968, April and August 1969, January 1971 and December 1972. There also are points for meetings and for the press, outlines of the Bank President's annual speech and notes and figures on the Bank's capital increase, the IDA policies and third replenishment, the budget, the Bank's organization, staff compensation, population growth, the gap between poor and rich nations and nuclear force issues.

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Accruals

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Records are arranged chronologically.

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Records are subject to the World Bank Policy on Access to Information.

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Records are subject to the Copyright Policy of the World Bank Group.

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Internal World Bank Group Archives rules based on ISAD(G).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

7 June 2006

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