Archives Catalog

  • Title
    African Department Records
  • Reference
  • Date
    1959-1999, predominant 1961-1989
  • Level of description
  • Material
    textual records
  • Exent
    683.5 linear feet of textual records
  • Language
  • French
  • Archival history
    Although the African Department was created in 1961, many series do not contain records from the early 1960s. The earliest files in series tend to begin from 1965 onwards. In part, this may simply be attributable to the dates that African countries became members. Other records from the early 1960s appear to have been incorporated into the IMF Archives Central Files Collection in the Country Files series for the member country in question. Also, at some point in time in an undocumented transfer, approximately 5 linear feet of files and documents were removed from their original place in the recordkeeping system of the African Department's Immediate Office so that they could be incorporated into the Central Files Collection. However, these files and documents were not incorporated and were not returned to their original place, but were rather boxed together in no apparent order. Where possible, the archivists have attempted to place the items in an appropriate file, or have created a new file which has been placed in an appropriate series. Researchers can visibly identify these newly created files by their new folders or by the dates added to pre-existing files. The following series have material that was re-incorporated in this way: Country Files, Consultation Files, Chronological Files, International Organizations Files, Administrative Files and Subject Files.
  • Conditions governing access
    Contains closed material
  • Scope and Content
    Fonds contains records of the African Department created and/or maintained by its area divisions and Immediate Office. Many early records of the Department circa 1961-1965 were routed to the Central Files Collection.
  • Creator