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Subfonds - Records of President Eugene R. Black

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Identity area

Reference code

WB IBRD/IDA EXC-02

Title

Records of President Eugene R. Black

Date(s)

  • 1947 - 1962 (Creation)

Level of description

Subfonds

Extent and medium

2.00 linear feet of textual records; 10 photographs

Context area

Archival history

Other materials from the period of Eugene R. Black's service as President of the World Bank are with the Black papers in the Hargrett Library at the University of Georgia.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from the Office of the President.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

This series contains the records of Eugene R. Black as U.S. Executive Director at the World Bank, 1947-1949, and President, 1949-1962. They are arranged in five file categories: general correspondence, congratulatory correspondence, honorary degrees, speeches, and travel.

The general correspondence file contains exchanges with U.S. and foreign government officials (especially U.K. officials), private bankers, lawyers, foundation officials and friends, arranged alphabetically by surname of correspondent. Among the notable correspondents are U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, U.S. Senators J.W. Fulbright and Hubert Humphrey, British Prime Minister Harold McMillan, and U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammerskjold. The alphabetical correspondence file is followed by one file marked personal action covering the period from September through December 1960; it contains letters congratulating Black on the publication of his book, The Diplomacy of Economic Development, and wishing him recovery from surgery.

The congratulatory correspondence concerns Black's appointment as Executive Director and subsequent appointment and reappointments as President of the World Bank.

A single file contains correspondence on honorary degrees awarded to Black.

The speech file contains letters of invitation and appreciation and, in some cases, the texts of the speeches. Speeches given include commencement addresses, lectures to professional associations and private organizations, and addresses to the UN Economic and Social Council.

The travel file contains correspondence relating to tours Black took as U.S. Executive Director and as Bank President to familiarize himself with present and future member countries' economic and political situations and to meet national leaders. It includes letters of invitation, itineraries, thank you notes, as well as letters and memoranda on the purposes and results of particular trips. Two files contain the records of Black's 1948 trip to Indonesia (then the Netherlands East Indies) shortly before it obtained independence, including background material on Indonesia's economy and recent political developments, newspaper articles, UN documents, photographs, and letters from government officials, business executives and Black evaluating the situation in Indonesia. Other travel files contain information on the Bank's role in the settlement of the Suez Canal dispute (1958-1959).

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Accruals

Accruals are not expected.

System of arrangement

Records are arranged in five parts:


  • General correspondence


  • Congratulatory correspondence


  • Honorary degrees


  • Speeches


  • Tours [travel]

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Records are subject to the World Bank Policy on Access to Information.

Conditions governing reproduction

Records are subject to the Copyright Policy of the World Bank Group.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

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Finding aids

An inventory list is available here.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description


  • See Records of the Office of External Relations (WB IBRD/IDA EXT) for a set of Black's speeches and photos of him.


  • Oral Histories -- Oral History Project 1961 -- Interview, Eugene Black (WB IBRD/IDA OH-01).


  • See also the Eugene Black Papers at the Hargrett Library, University of Georgia, Athens.

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Rules and/or conventions used

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

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Dates of creation revision deletion

6-Jun-06

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