Fonds - Joint Bank-Fund Library Collection on Presidents of the World Bank

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Joint Bank-Fund Library Collection on Presidents of the World Bank


  • 1946 - 1987 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

5.00 linear feet of textual records; 15 photographs

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Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The Joint Bank/Fund Library is administered by the International Monetary Fund on behalf of both the Fund and the World Bank. It maintained a reference collection on the Presidents of the Bank, which the Library transferred to the Archives in 2000.

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Scope and content

Clippings, speeches, press releases, biographical information, and occasional copies of letters and memoranda by and about Bank Presidents Eugene Meyer, John J. McCloy, George D. Woods, Robert S. McNamara, A.W. Clausen, and Barber C. Conable, Jr. Pre-presidential material, primarily speeches, is included for McNamara, Clausen, and Conable, and post-presidential material is included on McNamara.

Material on McNamara makes up the bulk of this collection. Clippings and speeches that were maintained in McNamara's office as a reference set during his Presidency were brought to the Library, probably by Blanche Moore, one of McNamara's assistants, who went to work for the Joint Library after McNamara retired. These items from McNamara's office formed the basis of the Joint Library collection; consequently, the materials on McNamara are far more complete than those on any of the other presidents.

The series is accompanied by an index to items within the series, arranged by President. A section of the index refersto items on Eugene Black, which are not present in the collection.

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Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Records are arranged chronologically by term of President.

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Conditions governing access

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

Conditions governing reproduction

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

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  • English

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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

31 July 2003




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