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World Bank Group Archives exhibit series

The World Bank Group Archives Exhibition Series includes online exhibits created by Archives staff since 2002. Exhibits highlight events, projects, and Bank staff that are significant to the history of the World Bank Group while drawing attention to records in the Archives' custody. These exhibits were originally published on the World Bank Group Archives' website as part of two similar series: Pages from World Bank History (from 2002 to 2003) and Document of the Month (alternately titled "Featured Exhibits", from 2004 to the present). When the Archives' website was transferred to a new platform in 2015, it was decided that exhibits would be converted to pdf and made available through the World Bank's Documents & Reports database. Converted pdfs were assigned a number according to the original date of publication. A small number of new and popular exhibits were moved to the new Archives website. However, as the Archives produces new exhibits, older ones will be converted to pdf and added to this series.



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Celebrating the International Finance Corporation's 60th anniversary (English)

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank's private sector arm. Created in 1956 in response to perceived capital limitations and structural challenges in the developing world, IFC is a catalyst for investment in private enterprise through its own investment and through the stimulation of private capital from other sources. ... See More +

Working Paper 121398 NOV 01, 2016

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The World Bank's role as mediator in the 1950's (English)

September 19, 2016 marked the 56th anniversary of the signing of the Indus Basin treaty by India and Pakistan. The agreement signified the end of a long dispute between the two countries and opened the door for increased economic development in the region. ... See More +

Working Paper 121396 SEP 01, 2016

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World Bank Concerns and Policies during the 1973-74 OPEC Embargo (English)

To mark Energy Week 2011 at the World bank, and to consider the issue of rising oil prices, the Archives has chosen to highlight a drawing by Pedro-Pablo Kuczynski, created during the 1973-74 OPEC oil embargo. ... See More +

Working Paper 104707 JAN 01, 2016

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Excerpts from International Bank Notes (English)

The featured exhibit - Excerpts from International Bank Notes - has the following highlights: Inter nationalism and how the Bank should do its share and lend assistance to the thought that nations must be international-minded in proportion to the insight they have into their own good. ... See More +

Working Paper 104628 JAN 01, 2016

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A Postage Stamp Commemorating the World Bank (English)

The proposal for stamps issued by the United Nations was first communicated in 1947, by Argentina. On October 24, 1951, the first United Nations commemorative stamp was issued as the result of an agreement concluded with the United States postal authorities in 1951. ... See More +

Working Paper 104712 JAN 01, 2016

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Start of the Young Professionals Program (English)

Richard Van Wagenen, Dean of the Graduate School of American University, was invited by the Bank to assist in the creation of the program. He joined the staff of the Bank in November 1962, and immediately started screening applicants, both within the Bank and also externally. ... See More +

Working Paper 104681 JAN 01, 2016

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Report of the Committee on Site (English)

The following is a selection from a report by the Committee on Site from the Inaugural Meeting of the Board of Governors of the IBRD held in Savannah, Georgia, March 8 to 18, 1946 in which the location of the new World Bank headquarters is determined. ... See More +

Working Paper 104669 JAN 01, 2016

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Dedication of the Eugene R. Black Auditorium (English)

On December 9, 1963 the auditorium in the newly-constructed C Building was dedicated to Eugene R. Black in his presence.The dedication address was given by the Honorable Douglas Dillon, Secretary of the Treasury of the United States. ... See More +

Working Paper 104642 JAN 01, 2016

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The Bank’s First Development Loans (English)

The World Bank’s official name upon its establishment was the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. As the name indicates, reconstruction came first: On May 9, 1947, an agreement was signed granting a reconstruction loan to France in the amount of 250 million dollars. ... See More +

Working Paper 104646 JAN 01, 2016

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Mr. Wolfensohn Arrives at the Bank (English)

June 1, 2003, marked the eighth anniversary of the arrival of James D. Wolfensohn to assume his duties as President of the World Bank Group. ... See More +

Working Paper 104649 JAN 01, 2016

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19th Annual Meetings in Tokyo, Japan – September 1964 (English)

The headquarters of the World Bank Group is located in Washington, DC, and the telltale sign of spring in this area is the blossoming of cherry trees. ... See More +

Working Paper 104715 JAN 01, 2016

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First Funding for Ghana – Volta River Hydroelectric Project, 1962 (English)

Ghana signed IBRD Articles of Agreement on September 20, 1957 and became the 64th member of the Bank. The Bank approved the first finding for Ghana on February 8, 1962 for Volta River Hydroelectric Project. ... See More +

Working Paper 104696 JAN 01, 2016

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James D. Wolfensohn – Ten Years as World Bank Group President (English)

James D. Wolfensohn became the World Bank Group’s ninth president on June 1, 1995, after a distinguished career as an international investment banker and involvement in global development and environment issues. ... See More +

Working Paper 104674 JAN 01, 2016

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The Bank’s headquarters building (English)

Ever since the World Bank opened for business on June 25, 1946 the address of its headquarters has been 1818 H Street N.W., Washington, District of Colombia (D. ... See More +

Working Paper 104634 JAN 01, 2016

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The Woods Presidency (English)

George D. Woods was President of the World Bank from January 1, 1963, to March 31, 1968. Under Woods, Bank activities went in significant new directions.This article is excerpted from "The Coming of Age" by Roger Chaufournier in the June 1984 issue of Finance and Development. ... See More +

Working Paper 104647 JAN 01, 2016

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Sir Alec Cairncross – First Director of the Economic Development Institute, 1954-1957 (English)

Alexander Kirkland Cairncross was born in Lanarkshire on February 11, 1911 and educated at Hamilton Academy, winning a scholarship to Glasgow University, where he specialized in economics. ... See More +

Working Paper 104627 JAN 01, 2016

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Relieving Traffic Congestion - The Singapore Area Licensing Scheme, 1975 (English)

The adverse effects of the increasing use of motor vehicles in many countries have resulted in development of various programs to decrease traffic congestion. ... See More +

Working Paper 104686 JAN 01, 2016

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Education Project – Tunisia (English)

This was the first World Bank Group financing for education. The purpose of the project was to provide assistance for the most crucial requirements of the Tunisian school system by financing the construction of a number of middle and secondary schools. ... See More +

Working Paper 104672 JAN 01, 2016

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First World Bank Strategy Statement on the Environment (English)

Several Bank projects elicited strong negative public reactions due to adverse environmental and social impacts. Complaints were registered by the Bank’s major shareholders and from environmental NGOs. ... See More +

Working Paper 104711 JAN 01, 2016

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First Annual Report, The World Bank and the Environment, FY 1990 (English)

The Press Release of September 24, 1990 on the first environmental annual report announced that the Bank had approved eleven loans, totaling 403.9 million dollars, to support environmental projects in fiscal 1990, which ended June 30, 1990. ... See More +

Working Paper 104688 JAN 01, 2016

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Celebrating the International Finance Corporation's 60th anniversary (English)
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NOV 01, 2016 121398 Working Paper
The World Bank's role as mediator in the 1950's (English)
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SEP 01, 2016 121396 Working Paper
World Bank Concerns and Policies during the 1973-74 OPEC Embargo (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104707 Working Paper
Excerpts from International Bank Notes (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104628 Working Paper
A Postage Stamp Commemorating the World Bank (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104712 Working Paper
Start of the Young Professionals Program (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104681 Working Paper
Report of the Committee on Site (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104669 Working Paper
Dedication of the Eugene R. Black Auditorium (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104642 Working Paper
The Bank’s First Development Loans (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104646 Working Paper
Mr. Wolfensohn Arrives at the Bank (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104649 Working Paper
19th Annual Meetings in Tokyo, Japan – September 1964 (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104715 Working Paper
First Funding for Ghana – Volta River Hydroelectric Project, 1962 (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104696 Working Paper
James D. Wolfensohn – Ten Years as World Bank Group President (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104674 Working Paper
The Bank’s headquarters building (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104634 Working Paper
The Woods Presidency (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104647 Working Paper
Sir Alec Cairncross – First Director of the Economic Development Institute, 1954-1957 (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104627 Working Paper
Relieving Traffic Congestion - The Singapore Area Licensing Scheme, 1975 (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104686 Working Paper
Education Project – Tunisia (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104672 Working Paper
First World Bank Strategy Statement on the Environment (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104711 Working Paper
First Annual Report, The World Bank and the Environment, FY 1990 (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 104688 Working Paper