75th Anniversary of Bretton Woods


This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Bretton Woods conference and the birth of the World Bank and its sister institution, the International Monetary Fund (IMF). From July 1 to 22, 1944, representatives from 44 nations met at the scenic and secluded Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Their objective was to establish a system of international cooperation that would help countries recover from the devastation wrought by World War II while facilitating long term global economic growth for recovering and developing nations alike. While years of planning and discussion preceded the conference, it was during these 22 days in July 1944 that the Articles of Agreement for both the World Bank and IMF were produced.

This year, the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) will highlight this important anniversary. During the conference, to be held on June 17-18 at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C., presenters will discuss the impacts and evolution of multilateral institutions while placing a special emphasis on the history of Bretton Woods and its institutions. The deadline for the conference’s Call for Papers is March 24, 2019.

Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire (Credit: World Bank Group Archives).
To learn more about our institution’s history, the World Bank Group Archives invites you to take a look at some of our knowledge products and information resources. Check out the Archives’ new online historical timeline to learn more about Bretton Woods and the history of the World Bank Group by viewing a variety of materials including archival records, photographs, audio/visual clips, and Bank-authored reports. Learn about the history of the Bank and the holdings of our Archives by watching a short video produced by the Archives entitled World Bank Group History: Exploring the Archives. And for Twitter users out there, search #wbgarchives to view tweets authored by the Archives and published on World Bank Group Twitter channels that look back on important events, personalities, and publications in our history.

And watch this space in the coming weeks and months as we continue to provide information on upcoming events and other fun things related to our 75th anniversary!