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Historic Documents and Memorabilia

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Unpublished Conference Documents

The PDF files below contain photographs of documents circulated at the Bretton Woods conference, from daily news bulletins to the telephone directory at the Mount Washington Hotel. These documents were not published in the 1948 conference proceedings because they were considered to be of low interest. We found many but not all of the unpublished conference documents. Many of the PDF files are very large and not easily viewed with slow Internet connections.

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Sources: National Archives, photos by ; Library of Congress and U.S. Treasury Library, photos by . Photos are copyrighted by the authors. For permission to use them, contact , .

Memorabilia


July 1, 1944 Bretton Woods Conference
Source: United Nations

The Bretton Woods Project at the CFS offers many at this iconic conference. Similarly, the Project seeks to build a living library of images and recordings from the conference or from those who were directly impacted by the conference. If you have images that we can digitize and share with the public, please contact , .

The Original Transcripts

The PDF files below contain photographs of the typewritten transcripts of meetings at the Bretton Woods conference. The transcripts are keyed to the corresponding chapters in the book. Many of the PDF files are very large and not easily viewed with slow Internet connections.

Committees of Commission I

Committee 1: Purposes, Policies, and Quotas of the Fund Chapter 11 First Meeting July 4, 1944 Afternoon Summary July 4 Evening Transcript July 5 Transcript July 6 Summary July 8 Draft Minutes July 12 Draft Minutes
Committee 2: Operations of the Fund July 4, 1944 Morning Transcript July 4 Evening Transcript July 5 Transcript July 6 Draft Minutes July 7 Draft Minutes July 8 Draft Minutes July 11 Draft Minutes July 12 Draft Minutes
Committee 3: Organization and Management of the Fund July 4, 1944 Morning Transcript July 4 Afternoon Transcript July 5 Transcript July 6 Draft Minutes July 7 Draft Minutes July 8 Draft Minutes July 11 Draft Minutes
Committee 4: Form and Status of the Fund July 4, 1944 Draft Minutes July 5 Draft Minutes July 6 Draft Minutes July 7 Draft Minutes July 8 Draft Minutes

Commission II: World Bank

July 11, 1944 Transcript

Commission III: Other Means of International Financial Cooperation

July 3, 1944 Transcript July 10 Transcript July 20 Transcript

 

Source: National Archives, photos by . Photos are copyrighted by the authors. For permission to use them, contact , .

Proceedings and Documents of the Bretton Woods Conference

In 1948 the U.S. Department of State issued a two-volume set of proceedings from the Bretton Woods conference. The proceedings contain minutes of all major and most minor committee meetings. The ground rules of the conference, however, stated that minutes would generally avoid telling who said what. Minutes are accordingly much shorter than the corresponding transcripts, usually only describing the outcome of debates and smoothing over controversies rather than giving the full flavor of what transpired.

(external link, very large PDF file)
(external link, very large PDF file)

Further Material

  • “” Kurt Schuler and Mark Bernkopf have compiled a nearly complete list of attendees at the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference of 1944. New!
  •  showing the evolution of the IMF and World Bank agreements. The file shows four stages of the IMF agreement, from the pre-Bretton Woods “Joint Statement” to the final agreement, and the initial draft and final version of the World Bank agreement.
  • “” (Ph.D. dissertation, St. Louis University, 2000, copyrighted by Peter Acsay and reproduced with his permission; )
  • “” Library of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Detailed; compiled 1946. Very large PDF file.
  •  (see “Bretton Woods Conference Collection”)
  • (Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research)

Book Details
Publisher: Center for Financial Stability
Pages: 800 eBook / 675 hardcover
Price: .00 eBook / .68 hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781941801000 / 9781941801017

Excerpt includes table of contents, preface, introduction, and sample transcript.



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