Fonds - Reference Collection on World Bank History

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Reference Collection on World Bank History


  • 1938 - 1985 (Creation)

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2.60 linear feet of textual records

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Scope and content

This fonds hold copies of records from other repositories that relate to the history of the World Bank. One group of records copied from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library deals with the Bretton Woods conference. A second group, copied from the Harry S Truman Presidential Library, consists of selected documents on the Bretton Woods conference and the early years of the Bank. A third body is copies of records from the United States Government's Office of Agriculture, Technical Advisory Bureau, Agency for International Development, dating from 1970-1976. The records relate to agricultural research and to the founding of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. The final body is a copy of the J. Burke Knapp papers at the Hoover Institution, which were copied for a history of the Bank prepared by the Brookings Institution. When the copies were not longer needed by the history project they were given to the Archives. Finally, the Bank obtained copies of a few oral history interviews from the Truman Library and the Columbia University Oral History Research Office.

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System of arrangement

Records are arranged in four subfonds:

  • Bretton Woods documents, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

  • Bank history documents, Harry S Truman Presidential Library

  • CGIAR founding documents, US National Archives

  • J. Burke Knapp papers, Hoover Institution

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Conditions governing reproduction

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

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  • English

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Existence and location of originals

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Harry S Truman

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  • Robert W. Oliver donated copies of papers of George Woods that are at Butler Library, Columbia University; see Robert W. Oliver Collection on George D. Woods (WB IBRD/IDA WOODS-03).

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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

31 July 2003




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