Series - Travel briefings

Travel briefs, Swatziland Travel briefs, Lesotho Travel briefs, McNamara's notes Travel briefs, Thailand 01 Travel Briefings: Libya - Travel briefs Travel briefs, Ecuador 01 Travel briefs, Ivory Coast Travel briefs, Nigeria 01 Travel briefings: France - Travel briefs 01 Travel Briefings: West Africa (Sierra Leone, Togo, Dahomey, Liberia)  - Travel briefs, Togo Travel briefs, Romania 01 Travel Briefings: East Africa (Sudan, Somalia, Zambia, and Zaire) - Travel briefs, Sudan Travel briefs, Sierra Leone Travel Briefings: United Arab Republic (EGYPT) - Travel briefs 02 Travel briefs, Zambia Travel Briefings: Sweden and Norway - Travel briefs 02 Travel Briefings: Argentina - Travel briefs 01 Travel briefs, Malaysia 02 Travel Briefings: Middle Eastern Countries - Travel Briefs, Qatar Travel Briefings: India - Travel briefs 02 Travel briefs, Yugoslavia 02 Travel Briefings: United Kingdom - Travel briefs Travel briefs, East African Community Travel briefs, India 01 Travel briefs, Congo Kinshasa Travel briefs, Japan 01 Travel briefs, Senegal Travel briefs, Thailand 02 Travel briefs, Brazil 02 Travel Briefings: Pakistan - Travel briefs 01 Travel Briefings: East Africa (Sudan, Somalia, Zambia, and Zaire) - Travel briefs, Zaire Travel briefs, Tanzania Travel Briefings: East Africa - Travel briefs, Kenya Travel Briefs, Saudi Arabia Travel Briefings: Egypt - Travel briefs 02 Travel briefs, Malaysia 01 Travel Briefings: Bangladesh - Travel briefs 01 Travel Briefings: Egypt - Travel briefs 01 Travel briefs, India 02 Travel briefs, Pakistan 02 Travel briefs, India 02 Travel Briefs, Kuwait Travel Briefings: Turkey - Travel briefs 02 Travel Briefings: Congo, Central African Republic, Niger, Upper Volta, and Mali  - Travel briefs,... Travel briefs, Indonesia 01 Travel briefs, Malaysia 01 Travel briefs, Middle East and Europe Travel Briefings: Chad, Cameroon, Gabon, Mauritania, and Ivory Coast  - Travel briefs, Gabon Travel briefs, Philippines 01 Travel briefs, Dahomey (Benin)
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Travel briefings


  • 1968 - 1980 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

11.60 linear feet of textual records; 1 photograph

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Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

These files were sent from the Office of the President to the Archives, with the exception of the briefings prepared for the China trip of 1980 that were transferred to the Archives from the Joint Bank-Fund Library on 27 October 1993.

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Scope and content

This series contains the briefings prepared for President McNamara's official trips. It includes notes by McNamara, some handwritten; correspondence with senior staff and government officials; and staff reports on visits.

The briefings consist of schedules, airport statements, government lists and biographies, lists of topics for discussion, basic data and maps, background information on the political and economic situation and the Bank's operations in the country visited and, for Part II countries, aid programs and IDA contributions. Schedules, statements, biographies, and topics for discussion are often annotated by McNamara, some heavily. If the trip included more than one country, the first file may include general information on the region. While most files contain a full briefing, a few files include only the list of persons visited or a schedule.

The 1980 files on an African trip include a file of Mrs. McNamara's activities. The series includes one photo from McNamara's trip to Peru in 1976.

These files are valuable for any researcher looking at the Bank's relationship with a country. The rich analytical material in the briefing file pulls together the Bank's information on a country at a particular date which, when supplemented with McNamara's notes, give a snapshot of the country's stage of development and its political climate.

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Records are arranged chronologically.

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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 Records of the office of the President -- Records of President Robert S. McNamara -- Contacts - Member Countries files (WB IBRD/IDA EXC-10-4549S), for reports on visits.

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

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Dates of creation revision deletion

14 June 2006




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