Subfonds - Leonard B. Rist files

Leonard B. Rist - French Oil Exploration - Correspondence and Reports - French - 1957 - 1958 Leonard B. Rist - Bank and IDA Financial Policy - Correspondence - Volume 1 - December 1960 - Dec... Leonard B. Rist - Bank and IDA Financial Policy - Correspondence - Volume 2 - January 1963 - Octo... Leonard B. Rist - European Investment Bank - Correspondence Leonard B. Rist - IBRD Nine Percent Files - Subscriptions - Correspondence - Volume 1 - 1963 - 1964 Leonard B. Rist - IBRD Nine Percent Files - Subscriptions - Correspondence - Volume 2 - 1964 - 1968 Leonard B. Rist - IBRD Reserves - Correspondence - 1957 - 1968 Leonard B. Rist - Information Conferences - Speeches - 1949 - 1950 Leonard B. Rist - Interest Equalization Tax - Correspondence Leonard B. Rist - Loan Policy - Correspondence - Volume 1 Leonard B. Rist - Loan Policy - Correspondence - Volume 2 Leonard B. Rist - Loan Policy - Correspondence - Volume 3 Leonard B. Rist - Loan Policy - Correspondence - Volume 4 Leonard B. Rist - Loan Policy - Correspondence - Volume 5 Leonard B. Rist - Loan Policy, Reserves - Correspondence - Volume 1 Leonard B. Rist - Loan Policy, Reserves - Correspondence - Volume 2 Leonard B. Rist - Market Loans - Correspondence - 1964 - 1967 Leonard B. Rist - Memorandum on Loan Charges and Relevant Documentation - Correspondence - Volume... Leonard B. Rist - Memorandum on Loan Charges and Relevant Documentation - Correspondence - Volume... Leonard B. Rist - Memorandum on Loan Charges and Relevant Documentation - Correspondence - Volume... Leonard B. Rist - Memorandum on Loan Charges and Relevant Documentation - Correspondence - Volume... Personnel Files, Archives, Research Department (Memos regarding the function of the Research Depa... Policy Issues of Importance - Correspondence 01 Policy Issues of Importance - Correspondence 02 Policy Issues of Importance - Correspondence 03 Policy Issues of Importance - Correspondence 04 Policy Issues of Importance - Correspondence 05 Leonard B. Rist - President Eugene R. Black Files - Correspondence - Volume 2 - 1952 - 1953 Leonard B. Rist - President Eugene Black Round the World Trip - Correspondence - Volume 1 - 1952 ... Leonard B. Rist - President Eugene Black Round the World Trip - Correspondence - Volume 3 - 1952 ... Leonard B. Rist - Term of Bank Loans - Correspondence - 1963 - 1964 Leonard B. Rist - United Kingdom Credit Conditions - Correspondence - 1945 - 1957 Bretton Woods Documents - Bibliography of Proposals for a Post War International Economic System ... Bretton Woods Documents - Summary Chronicle of Pre Bretton Woods Period - Summary Chronicle Bretton Woods Documents - Federal Reserve Report on U.S. and U.K. Proposal for Postwar Internatio... Bretton Woods Documents - Committee for Economic Development [CED] Comments on Bretton Woods Prop... Bretton Woods Documents - Riddle Comments on Bretton Woods Proposals - Comments Bretton Woods Documents - Chamber of Commerce Report on UN Bank - Report - International Finance ... Bretton Woods Documents - Chamber of Commerce Report on Currency Stabilization Proposals - Report Bretton Woods Documents - Treasury Report on Bretton Woods Proposal - Report Bretton Woods Documents - Roosevelt Address to Congress on Bretton Woods - February 20, 1945 - Un... Bretton Woods Documents - Chamber of Commerce of the United States Report on Bretton Woods Propos... Bretton Woods Documents - Federal Reserve Report on the IMF - Report Bretton Woods Documents - Hackett Comments on Bretton Woods - Comments Bretton Woods Documents - Proposals - Treasury Questions and Answers on the Fund and Bank - March... Bretton Woods Documents - Provisional Rules of Procedures for Meetings of Executive Directors - S...

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WB IBRD/IDA STAFF-09

Title

Leonard B. Rist files

Date(s)

  • 1942 - 1968 (Creation)

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2.82 linear feet of textual records

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Biographical history

Leonard B. Rist, a French national, was born in 1905 and studied law and literature at Paris University. From 1927 to 1928 he served as attache to the French Embassy in Moscow. In the following year he went to New York to join a banking training program at William Blair & Company.

Rist returned to France to work as a private banker at J.P. Morgan's Paris office, Morgan & Cie from 1930 until 1939 when he enlisted in the French Army. He was imprisoned by Nazi forces and spent 18 months in German prison camps before he was freed with the help of Morgan & Cie bankers. Rist became Vice-President of Morgan & Cie in 1945. In the same year, the French Treasury requested Rist to be their representative for the Allied Council's Finance Committee in Austria. He served as the Chief of Finance, French Division from August 1945 until March 1946.

He arrived in Washington in April 1946 at the request of the French Treasury and thereafter the Government of France appointed Rist the French Alternate Executive Directorof IBRD in May 1946. He joined the Bank staff in August 1946 as the first Director of the Research Department which he later renamed the Economics Department. Rist was responsible for developing the basis of the economic aspects of lending, directing country economic studies, and setting standards for economic appraisals and assessing creditworthiness.

Rist served as head of the Economic Department until April 1961, when he was appointed as the Bank's Special Representative for Africa. From January 1963 until 1970 he was the Special Adviser to the President beginning with President George D. Woods. The first of his assignments was to direct the work of the economic group studying the economic implications of the new Federation of Malaysia.

Rist retired from the Bank in April 1970. Following his retirement, Rist returned to his native France and was also a consultant to the Bank as chief of the economic mission to Togo. He died in Paris on 1 February 1982.

Archival history

Rist's subject files were initially sent to the records center in 1973 by the Economics Department and afterwards were transferred to the Archives in 1990. The chain of custody for the Bretton Woods binder collected by Rist is unknown prior to its transfer from the Records Management department to Archives in 1974.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The records were transferred to the Archives in 1973.

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Scope and content

Fonds consists of records maintained by Leonard B. Rist from the early period of IBRD history primarily when he first served as Director of the Research Department, later Economics Department beginning in 1946 and printed material that Rist collected relating to Bretton Woods.

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Accruals are not expected.

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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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Related units of description

  • See Records of the Office of External Relations - Speech reference collection (WB IBRD/IDA EXT-02) and Records of the Office of External Relations - Photograph Library (WB IBRD/IDA EXT-01) for speeches, articles and images of Leonard B. Rist.

  • See Records of the Office of the President -- Records of President Eugene R. Black (WB IBRD/IDA EXC-02).

  • See Africa Regional Vice Presidency (WB IBRD/IDA AFR) for records when Rist served as Special Representative for Africa.

  • See oral history of Leonard Rist.

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

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Dates of creation revision deletion

27 January 2020

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