Subfonds - Richard E. Barry files

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Richard E. Barry files


  • 1972 - 1989 (Creation)

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0.80 linear feet of textual records

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Biographical history

Richard E. Barry was one of the Bank members of the Reorganization Team 1971-1972; Chief Administrative Officer for the East Africa Region 1972-1980; Operations Coordinator of the Administrative Services Department 1980-1983; managed the staff of the Vice President, Personnel and Administration, 1983-1985; Chief of Office Systems Division 1985-1987; Chief of Information Services Division 1987-1989; managed the development of human factors and design strategy for Bank buildings 1990-1992; retired 1992.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Prior to his retirement, Barry reviewed his working files and transferred to the Archives the records that he believed to be of continuing value and that possibly had not been accessioned into the Archives from other sources.

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Scope and content

The first set of records relates to the fifth session of the UN Advisory Committee for Coordination of Information systems, held in Geneva, Switzerland, September 18-21, 1989. The second set of records consists primarily of memoranda, papers and minutes of the Personnel and Administration Committee and the Managing Committee. Topics include systems development in the Finance complex, the budgets for fiscal years 1986 and 1987, the establishment of a facility in the Washington suburbs, cost effectiveness indicators, the Howard Baker proposal for the Bank, data security, a disaster recovery plan, institutional information technology standards and information resources management strategy. The third set of records is related to the 1972 reorganization of the Bank, conducted by McKinsey & Company, during which Barry was a member of the Bank study team. The record include copies of the discussion drafts of the recommended organization structure and the recommended program of changes, a set of interviews conducted by Barry and a McKinsey staff member on external perceptions of the Bank, and a file on planning and control functions. The final set of records relates to the 1987 reorganization. The records include the final report of the Information Technology and Facilities (ITF) support units task force, information for the President's task force from the ITF Office Systems Division, and a report on strategic options for meeting management information needs, with a report of the Information Systems Planning Study Team attached.

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Accruals are not expected.

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Records are arranged in four parts:

  • UN Advisory Committee for Coordination of Information Systems

  • Personnel and Administration Committee and Managing Committee

  • 1972 reorganization

  • 1987 reorganization

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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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  • See the records of the Africa Regional Vice Presidency (WB IBRD/IDA AFR).

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

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Dates of creation revision deletion

20 May 2004




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