The Archives Catalog offers finding aids that describe our records which are the documentary evidence of all of the business activities of the Bank. The finding aids assist researchers when making a request for access to records which are organized into groupings called fonds. Browse the thematic lists below or click on the “Search Our Finding Aids” button. For further guidance, visit the Using Our Finding Aids page.
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Sector departments were created as part of a Bank-wide reorganization in 1972. Responsibilities include sector policy development, operational support and review, and subject matter expertise.
Includes records relating to consultative groups that the World Bank sponsors or for which it serves as the secretariat. Consultative groups consist of public, private and/or international organizations that coordinate and raise funds for technical assistance and research.
Sector Vice Presidencies were responsible for coordinating and guiding the work of sector departments, the units responsible for sector policy and best practice development, staff training, and other non-operational activities.
The individual staff member fonds contains records that were accumulated by individual staff from the various offices in which they served. Because the records cover the individual’s work in more than one office, the records cannot be assigned to a fonds for a single office.
A short introduction to online resources that will help you prepare an access to information request or access digitized archival records online.
On July 1, 1944, delegates from 44 nations met in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire to agree on a new system of international cooperation. Learn more about this historic meeting and view folder lists of related archival records.
The departments whose records were centralized over time and represented most prominently in Central Files include (but are not limited to): Economics, Development Services, Technical Operations, Projects (and its sector divisions), and Administration.
This exhibit describes how the Bank served as mediator for a number of international disputes, including Iran oil nationalization, Indus Basin, and the Aswan High Dam. The exhibit features folder lists of records related to these mediation efforts.
This fonds contains the records of World Bank presidents from Eugene Meyer (1946) to Lewis T. Preston (1991-1995). Records include correspondence, annual meeting materials, briefing books, and daily schedules.
Gloria Davis was the first anthropologist hired by the World Bank. Records relate to Davis's earlier academic work and to her time at the World Bank.
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This searchable database of World Bank projects provides contextual information for each World Bank project as well as a folder list of archival records that relate to that project. Records that have been digitized are viewable here as well.
Access thousands of photos documenting the World Bank Group’s work in member countries, official signings, and other historic events and personalities relating to World Bank Group operations.