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Past featured exhibits from the World Bank Group Archives

19th Annual Meeting - TokyoA Valentine for carpooling 

Featured exhibit - Tokyo Japan Annual Meetings Pin
The first cherry trees planted in Washington DC were a gift from the City of Tokyo in 1912, and to celebrate the arrival of spring, the World Bank Group Archives is highlighting the 19th Annual Meeting of the Bank Group, which was held from September 7 – 11, 1964 in Tokyo, Japan.  More... 

Valentine to my carpool

World Bank Group staff are known to be passionate about development and poverty alleviation, but in 1959 a staff member showed his passion for an environmental practice: carpooling.  More...

 
Creating community at the World Bank Group in 1947UN postage stamp commemorating the World Bank

First public strategy statement on the environment

Document of the Month - December 2011 - Bonds cartoon

The first issue of International Bank Notes was published on April 25, 1947, shortly after the World Bank opened for business.  While it was a newsletter designed specifically for staff, it also reveals how the World Bank created a community. More... 

Document of the month - IBRD stamp

On December 9, 1960, a United Nations commemorative stamp honoring the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) was issued.  The stamp was designed by Angel Medina, a noted stamp designer from Uruguay. More... 

1970 Environmental report

Research in the WBG Archives has revealed that the first public strategy statement made by the Bank on the environment was not in 1990, but almost twenty years earlier in 1971. More... 

 

Creating a New World Bank: The Strategic Forum

 

Poland Rejoins the World Bank, Becoming the 150th Member

 

President Eugene Black Annual Father-Son Baseball Outing

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Under the leadership of J. D. Wolfensohn, the World Bank evolved their goals, priorities and focus, to confront the issues of poverty with renewed vigor. More... 

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Polands re-entry into the World Bank on June 27th, 1986 marked an important step for Poland, and the World Bank. More... 

Click to See Full-Sized imageDuring the 1950s Eugene Black established an annual tradition: Directors and Senior Staff were invited to bring their sons to attend a Washington Senators Baseball Game. More... 

 

Barber Conable's 1987 Trip to India

 

World Bank Concerns and Policies during the 1973-74 OPEC Oil Embargo

 

Report to the President of the IBRD and IDA on India's Economic Development Effort, October 1, 1965

Conable in India

Barber Conable became President of the World Bank in 1986. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of this, this article looks at his trip to India in November of 1987. More... 

Kuczynski Before and After

To mark Energy Week 2011 at the World Bank, and to consider the current issue of rising oil prices, the Archives has chosen to highlight a sketch by P. P. Kuczynski, drawn during the 1973-74 OPEC oil embargo. More...  

Document of the Month

As part of the series highlighting documents and events from the past, the World Bank Group Archives is featuring the Report to the President of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development [IBRD] and the International Development Association [IDA] on India's Economic Development Effort, October 1, 1965. More... 

 

Seventh Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the IMF and the World Bank Group, Mexico City, September 1952

 

World Bank's Commercial Aviation Modernization Projects, 1956 and 1957

 

<Fifth Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the IMF and the World Bank Group, Paris, September 1950

Document of the Month

The Palace of Fine Arts, Mexico City, where the Opening Session of the Seventh Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of the IMF and the World Bank Group was held on September 3, 1952. More...

The mid-1950s saw the introduction of jet aircraft into commercial aviation. The World Bank played a significant role in this process, helping both Qantas and Air India to procure jet aircraft for their national airlines. More...

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Participants of the Fifth Annual Meetings of the Board of Governors of the IMF and the World Bank Group, Paris, France, September 6-14, 1950. More...

 

Bretton Woods Monetary Conference, July 1-22, 1944

 

Robert S. McNamara, World Bank President: April 1, 1968 - June 30, 1981

 

First Funding for Ghana - Volta River Hydroelectric Project, 1962

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The Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, USA hosted representatives from 44 nations for the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference during July1-22, 1944. More...

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In honor of Robert S. McNamara who became World Bank President forty years ago, on April 1, 1968 the World Bank Group Archives is highlighting some of his contributions to development. More...

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In 2007 Ghana celebrated fifty years of independence. This feature and a series of events scheduled in the World Bank, Washington, DC in November, 2007 commemorated 50 years of partnership between Ghana, the Bank and the Fund. More...

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