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Past featured exhibits from the World Bank Group Archives

Women in Development and the World Bank GroupDigitized Records of the Bali Tourism ProjectNelson Mandela, South Africa and the World Bank

Women in Development

Learn about how the Women in Development Sector emerged in the World Bank Group in the 1970s. More...    

Signing

See declassified digitized records related to Project #P003738, Bali Tourism Project for Indonesia, and learn about one of the Bank's earlier tourism-related projects. More... 

Mandela and Preston

Read about the role Nelson Mandela played in the relationship of the World Bank and South Africa in the early 1990s. More... 

1962 Presidential TransitionBank President John McCloy’s Congratulations on the British Royal Birth in 1948

Economists to the 'Core'?: Humor and Creativity at the World Bank 



In this photograph, Eugene Black (left) speaks with George Woods (right) who succeeded him as fourth President of the World Bank, International Development Association, and Chairman of the International Finance Corporation. More... 

Franks to McCloy letter

On the occasion of Prince Charles birth in 1948, Bank President McCloy sent this piece of congratulatory correspondence to the British Ambassador to the United States. More... 

bell picture

See how the creative and comedic side of Bank staffers reveals itself in this series of records discussing India's "Core" industries. More... 

 

19th Annual Meeting - Tokyo

 

A Valentine for carpooling

 

Creating Community at the World Bank Group

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...

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... 

 

A Postage Stamp Commemorating the World Bank

 

President Eugene Black Annual Father-Son Baseball Outing

 

Creating a New World Bank: The Strategic Forum

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...

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... 

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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... 

 

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

 

Poland Rejoins the World Bank, Becoming the 150th Member

 

Barber Conable's 1987 Trip to India

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... 

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

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... 

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

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

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...

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...  

 

 

First Public Strategy Statement on the Environment

 

 

 

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... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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