Subfonds - Leonard B. Rist files

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Leonard B. Rist files


  • 1946 - 1968 (Creation)

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2.40 linear feet of textual records

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Biographical history

The Government of France appointed Leonard B. Rist the French Alternate Executive Director of the Bank in May 1946. He joined the Bank staff in August 1946 as the first Director of the Research Department, later renamed the Economics Department. He served as head of the Economic Department until 1961, when he was appointed as the Bank's Special Representative for Africa. From 1963 until 1970 he was the Special Adviser to the President. He retired in 1970.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The records were transferred to the Archives in 1973.

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Scope and content

The records consist of two series, subject files and a collection of material relating to Bretton Woods. The subject files are extremely varied. They include a file of correspondence and speeches that Rist drafted for President Eugene Black during the period 1947-1953 (but no correspondence with President George Woods or President Robert McNamara, for whom Rist served as Special Adviser) and a packet prepared for Black's 1952 trip around the world. There is also a file of Rist's speeches to the information conferences, two or three day sessions at the Bank where groups of financial people would be given an introduction to the Bank and its operations (1949-1951), a file on establishing the Research Department in 1946, and five files on loan policy beginning in 1946. These important materials from the earliest period of the Bank's history are supplemented by files from the 1950s on the European Investment Bank, French oil, and UK credit conditions. In 1963-1964 Rist chaired the Committee on Loan Charges, and the files from the 1960s include the Committee's Memorandum on Loan Charges (1964) and various files relating to loan issues.

Rist was interested in the history of the Bretton Woods conference and agreements, and he collected printed materials on those topics. These are found in the second series.

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Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Records are arranged in two series:

  • Subject files

  • Bretton Woods collection

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Conditions governing access

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

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

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Dates of creation revision deletion

22 June 2004




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