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Clark, William Inglés
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Personal Papers of William Clark

  • WB IBRD/IDA CLARK
  • Fondo
  • 1967 - 1981, 1985
  • 1967 - 1981, 1985

William Clark's notebooks provide a unique view of the World Bank during the McNamara years. Although some of this material found its way into the memoirs, the notebooks contain colorful and candid entries that are not in print. The description of the first meeting of McNamara's President's Council, for example, is much fuller and more lively in the notebooks than in the memoirs.

The notebooks, all of which are handwritten, contain a mix of items, ranging from draft memos and letters either for Clark's signature or for McNamara's, drafts of speeches and press articles, notes on meetings and conversations, diary-type entries and memoir drafts, to grocery lists. The subjects cover an equally broad range of topics, including relations with the United Nations, development issues, public support strategies for the Bank, and the Pearson and Brandt Commissions that studied development issues during the McNamara years. The files contain documents and clippings about Clark's appointment to the World Bank and McNamara's appointment to the World Bank Presidency, letters and notes about writing an article for Foreign Affairs and on the development of the memoirs, and copies of some Bank records from the McNamara years.

One of the notebooks contains a 14-page account of the start of the Suez crisis that Clark wrote in 1976, twenty years after events, plus another twelve pages of notes. It differs from the Suez piece in the memoirs.

Clark, William