Fonds - Records of General Vice Presidents and Managing Directors

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Records of General Vice Presidents and Managing Directors


  • 1949, 1968 - 1974 (Creation)

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1.22 linear feet of textual records

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Biographical history

Between 1946 and 1974, the World Bank had between one and four vice presidents whose responsibility was the Bank as a whole. During the reorganization in 1972, vice presidencies were created with specific areas of oversight, and when Sir Denis Rickett left the Bank in 1974 the era of general vice presidents was over.

In late 1991, following the appointment of Lewis T. Preston as Bank President, Managing Director positions were created to provide administrative assistance to the President of the Bank. Reporting directly to the President, the Managing Directors each had an area of oversight responsibility, but as a whole they formed the kind of broad oversight team that the general vice presidents had provided. The number of Managing Directors ranged from three to five, with varying areas of emphasis.

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The records of the era of the general vice presidents are fragmentary. A few records of a Middle East and North African trip by Robert L. Garner exist, as does a file on a meeting in Jogjakarta attended by Mohamed Shoaib. The files of Sir Denis Rickett contain important records on studies of the future role of the Bank, as well as information on the Bank's reactions to the oil crisis of the early 1970s.

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Accruals are expected.

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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 Central Files (WB IBRD/IDA ADMCF) for additional records of the Office of the Vice President beginning from 1946 that were filed in the Bank's centralized filing system.

  • Records of the Office of the President (WB IBRD/IDA EXC).

  • See Records of Individual Staff Members - Ernest Stern files - Managing Director records WB IBRD/IDA STAFF-10-09) for records from the period 1991-1995 when Stern served as Managing Director.

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

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Dates of creation revision deletion

31 July 2003




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