Fonds - Personal papers of Hollis B. Chenery

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Personal papers of Hollis B. Chenery


  • August 1970 - November 1979, January 1980 - June 1981 (Creation)

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1.25 linear feet of textual records

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Biographical history

Hollis Burnley Chenery was born January 6, 1918 in Richmond, Virginia. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1950.

From 1949 - 1950, he worked at the U. S. Economic Cooperation Administration in Paris, and from 1950 - 1952, he was chief of the Program Division at the U.S. Mutual Security Agency in Rome. He returned to U. S. government service in 1961, serving at the United States Agency for International Development until 1965.

From 1952 to 1961, Hollis Chenery was a professor of economics at Stanford University. From 1965 to 1970 and again in 1983, he was a professor of economics at Harvard University.

Chenery served as The Economic Advisor to the President of the World Bank from September 1970 to September 1972. In October 1972, he became Vice President, Development Policy (VPD) following the Bank's Reorganization in 1972. In May 1982, he became the Vice President of the Economics and Research Staff (VPERS). He resigned from that position in September 1982 and remained on the Bank staff as a Senior Adviser until February 1, 1983.

Hollis Chenery died September 1, 1994.

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Scope and content

This fonds contains the memoranda and other papers exchanged between Hollis Chenery and World Bank President Robert McNamara between August 1970 and June 1981.

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Accruals are not expected

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Records are arranged in one series:

  • WB IBRD/IDA WB_IBRD/IDA_96-01 McNamara notebooks

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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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  • English

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  • See Records of the Office of the President -- Records of President Robert S. McNamara -- Correspondence of Economic Advisor Hollis Chenery (WB IBRD/IDA EXC-10-4483S).

  • See Personal papers of Hollis Chenery, ca. 1960 - ca. 1993, are in the custody of the Harvard University Archives (accession numbers 12810 and 12858).

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

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Dates of creation revision deletion

3 November 2011




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