Series - Chronological files

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Chronological files


  • 1992 - 1994 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1.06 linear feet of textual records

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Archival history

Records in this series were initially forwarded by the sector units to the World Bank's Institutional Information Services Center (IISC) that was established in 1990. It is likely that the classification of files and creation of file titles were undertaken by IISC staff. The records were transferred to the World Bank Group Archives after the closure of the IISC in December 1995.

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Scope and content

The series contains chronological records sent and received by the Industry and Mining Division (IENIM), Industry and Energy Department that were forwarded to, and maintained in the IISC.

Many of the files maintained in the IISC are thin, some containing a single piece of correspondence. The IISC presumably implemented a file classification system that organized files by the creator unit code indicated on the physical folders. Files were subsequently titled by country, subject, or sector. Country files are secondarily labeled as subsector (coal, gas, oil, environment, steel, energy, etc.), by project title and loan or credit number, or general. The unit codes identify the correspondence as sent and received by the following: Industry and Mining (IEN IM); IENIM predecessor, Industry Development Division (IEN IN); and IEN DR (Office of the Director). The latter two are smaller in volume.

The majority of records relate to industrial manufacturing and mining activities and support to specific lending or technical assistance projects in various countries. The correspondence includes the division's comments and contributions to project documents (initiating memoranda, audit reports), draft papers and other products, as well as arrangements of missions or project consultancy services. General sector files that do not cover a particular country mostly pertain to industry, mining, minerals, coal, steel, and forestry and also contain IENIM's comments on project reports and other support activities.

A smaller portion of records, mostly individual files, relate to the division budget and work plan, training seminars, conferences, and a file titled "local committee". The training file contains information about Bank seminars organized by other units or external seminars. The agenda and related records of the Industry Sector Board's first retreat are included in the conferences file. The local committee file pertains to IENIM collaboration and sharing information with the International Committee for Economic Reform and Cooperation and its Raw Materials Working Group.

Correspondence consists of outgoing internal memoranda, letters, hard copies of All-in-1 messages, facsimiles, telexes, and attachments. Much of the correspondence is between division staff, regional technical units, and with Central Operations Department Office of the Director (CODDR). Other letters, facsimiles, or telexes are addressed to government officials or representatives of external agencies regarding collaborative activities and meeting arrangements.

The record types occasionally filed with the correspondence include summaries of meetings or seminars, agenda, Terms of Reference (TORs), Initiating Memorandum, aide-memoires, and external reports, some of which are authored by other international organizations.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Files are primarily arranged in chronological 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.

Language of material

  • English
  • Spanish

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An inventory list is available here.

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Related units of description

  • See Records of the Energy Sector - Chronological files (WB IBRD/IDA EGY-03) for general correspondence files of the Industry and Energy Department (IEN) maintained in the IISC.

  • See Records of the Industry and Mining Sector - Project lending and operational support (WB IBRD/IDA IND-03) for related operational correspondence and project support records maintained by the Industrial Project Department (NDP, later IDP) divisions and successors.

  • See Records of the Industry and Mining Sector - Liaison, partnerships and programs (WB IBRD/IDA IND-01) for correspondence and other records related to the sector's partnerships, collaborative programs, and activities with external organizations.

  • See Records of Individual Staff Members - Jean-Francois Rischard files - Project officer, Industrial Projects Department (NDP/IPD/IND) chronological correspondence files (WB IBRD/IDA STAFF-28-01) for related chronological records maintained by Rischard.

  • See Central Files - Operational sector files (WB IBRD/IDA ADMCF-07) for correspondence and other records that originated in the industry sector units from approximately 1969 to 1987. During this period, several Bank departments' records including the sectors were centralized.

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Rules and/or conventions used

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

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Dates of creation revision deletion

22 June 2022




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