- 1946 - 1968 (Creation)
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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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Records are arranged in two series:
- Subject files
- Bretton Woods collection