World Bank Group Archives

Welcome to the World Bank Group Archives website! The Archives protects the institutional memory of the World Bank Group and provides public access to records of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). This website offers a variety of online historical resources and information products, such as ISAD(G) finding aids, transcripts of oral history interviews, and exhibits featuring the Archives' collection and World Bank history.

Nov 20, 2017

WBG Archivist's Blog: Records from WB's first loan to France digitized for the opening of the World Bank Visitor Center

To celebrate the opening of the Visitor Center and to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the World Bank's first loan, the WBG Archives has digitized and publicly released records related to this inaugural loan.

Oct 26, 2017

Celebrate World Day for Audiovisual Heritage: The World Bank (1982)

October 27th has been designated World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. To mark the occasion, view an informational film produced by the World Bank in 1982 entitled The World Bank.

Oct 11, 2017

Featured Exhibit -- Digitized Records of the World Bank's First Loan

2017 is the 70th anniversary of the signing of the World Bank's first loan -- a Reconstruction Loan to France for $250 million. To mark the anniversary, the World Bank Group Archives has digitized records relating to the loan and made them publicly available.


Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal

Our Open Archives Brochure summarizes the various avenues for research offered by the World Bank Group Archives.


Archives Holdings

The Archives Holdings website contains archival descriptions and provides access to digitized records.


Oral History Program

The World Bank Archives Oral History Program website contains transcripts and summaries of interviews with former World Bank staff.



Our exhibits highlight a range of topics related to the history of the World Bank as well as records from the Archives holdings.



The World Bank Group Chronology provides a comprehensive timeline of key events in the history of the World Bank Group.