Fonds - Personal papers of Martin M. Rosen

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Personal papers of Martin M. Rosen


  • 1950, 1962, 1968 - 1969, 1987, undated (Creation)

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0.80 linear feet of photographs (prints); clippings; 1 book

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Martin M. Rosen was born in 1919 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1940 and received a master's degree in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1941. Following service in the U.S. military during World War II, Rosen joined the World Bank in 1946. He served as Assistant to the Director of the Economic Staff; Assistant Director of the Department of Operations - Europe, Africa and Australasia; Assistant Director of the Department of Technical Operations; and Director of the Department of Operations - Far East. In 1961 he became the Executive Vice President of the International Finance Corporation, a position he held until his resignation from the Bank in 1969. After leaving the World Bank, Rosen became president of First Washington Securities Corporation, an investment banking company. He died in 1984.

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Donated to the World Bank by Judith J. Rosen, the widow of Martin M. Rosen, 12 January 2005.

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The papers consist principally of photographs from Martin Rosen's period at the World Bank. The photographs are very largely ceremonial: Rosen at the ceremony when a country joins International Finance Corporation; Rosen at an annual meeting; Rosen at a formal dinner; Rosen touring factories and construction sites. These provide evidence of the kinds of ceremonies a vice president was expected to attend, information about Bank and particularly IFC projects, and specific information about, for instance, what the inside of a cotton mill in Pakistan looked like in 1969.

The scrapbook contains clippings and photographs of Martin Rosen's World Bank and IFC career. The album appears to have been a farewell present to him when he left the Bank in 1969. By interspersing clippings and photographs, it places the photographs in context.

The papers also include a copy of Hosai Hyuga's Memoir, translated from Japanese and published in 1987. The frontispiece has photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Aldewereld (he was a long serving Bank employee) with Hosai. The book mentions of the Bank, but it is primarily concerned with the life of a Japanese government official.

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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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  • English

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

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3 March 2010




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