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Records of President Barber B. Conable

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Records of President Barber B. Conable


1986-1991 (predominant)



Extent and medium

62.80 linear feet, 893 photographs, 1 video tape

2.2 Administrative history    See WB IBRD/IDA A0002, Office of the President

3.1 Scope and content    Barber B. Conable’s term as President was noted for the major reorganization of the Bank he directed in 1987 and the emphasis on poverty reduction as a central mission of the Bank. He identified environmental protection as an important goal, culminating in the Bank joining with the UN Development Program and the UN Environment Program to establish the Global Environment Facility in 1991. Conable supported an increased role for women in development and he appointed a woman, Marianne Haug, to his senior staff. Broad political changes occurred in Eastern Europe during his tenure, and he maintained extensive liaisons with international organizations including the increasingly influential NGO community. Conable also authorized the project to write a history of the Bank; Brookings Institution was given the contract for the study which resulted in the two volume The World Bank: Its First Half Century. Conable gave the authors access to his Presidential files, and the use of some of the files by the Brookings team is noted in the series descriptions.

The records of President and his staff are extensive. The minutes of his President’s Council reveal the mechanisms of Bank management. The usual Annual Meeting files are supplemented by his country files and the records of his travels around the globe. The two series of liaison files show his political skills with varied constituencies.

The records of the Office of the President also include separate series of records of the Executive Counselor to the President, J. William Stanton; the Executive Assistant, Marianne Haug; and the Special Assistant, Anapum Khanna. The file of Conable’s Executive Assistant, Jennifer A. Volk, on the lunches between Conable and Michel Camdessus, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, is a separate series, while within the President’s files on travel and Annual Meetings are other files that Volk maintained.

3.3 Accruals    Accruals are not expected

3.4 Arrangement   Arranged in 15 series and three Second level sub-fonds. The series are:

1. President’s Council files
2. Country files
3. Liaison files – US Government
4. Liaison files – Non-governmental and international agencies
5. Annual Meetings
6. Speeches
7. Travel briefings
8. Financial files
9. Administrative files
10. Chronological files (outgoing)
11. General correspondence
12. Appointment books
13. Transition correspondence
14. Photographs
15. Working files – Conable/Camdessus lunches

The three Second level sub-fonds are:

Records of the Executive Counselor to the President, J. William Stanton
Records of the Executive Assistant to the President, Marianne Haug
Records of the Special Assistant to the President, Anapum Khanna

4.1 Conditions of access   Records are subject to the World Bank Policy on the Disclosure of Information.

4.2 Conditions of reproduction  Records are subject to the Copyright Policy of the World Bank Group.

4.3 Language/scripts   English

5.3 Related units of description   See also the Barber B. Conable papers, which include a narrative account of his Presidency of the Bank, at the Cornell University Library, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.

7.2 Rules or conventions      Internal World Bank Group Archives rules
7.3 Date(s) of descriptions    2006-08-16

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