Since opening its doors in 1946, the World Bank has evolved from an institution dedicated to post-World War II reconstruction, to one that focuses on poverty alleviation, policy and institutional reform, social development, development research, and shared prosperity. The records preserved and made available by the World Bank Group Archives provide evidence of this evolution and of the role the Bank played in the economic and social development of member countries.
The World Bank Group Archives together with the Development Economics Vice Presidency (DECVP) have produced a short video that surveys the course of the World Bank’s history while introducing the various types of records that can be found in the Archives’ holdings.
The archival records displayed in this video are preserved, managed, and made available by the World Bank Group Archives. If you are interested in these or other Bank records, view our list of Finding Aids and then submit a request through our Access to Information page. You can also view lists of project records through the Bank’s Projects and Operations portal or access declassified Bank reports through our Documents & Reports database. Oral histories of former Bank staff are also searchable through Documents & Reports or at the Archives’ Oral History page.