History of the IMF - A Digital Collection

Last updated on February 11, 2021

This collection of publications and documents from the International Monetary Fund provides insight into its history. The links include the full collection of the IMF’s official histories, which were each authored and curated by the IMF’s Historian at the time—J. Keith Horsefield (1963-67), Margaret de Vries (1973-87), and James Boughton (1992-2000; 2004-12)—as well as other works that have recorded the IMF’s history for 70 years.

Introductory video on the founding of the IMF:


The IMF and the Force of History: Events and Ideas That Have Shaped the Global Institution

 

 

 

 

 

 


Confronting Crisis – Global Cooperation and the International Monetary Fund

 

 

 

 

 

 


Articles of Agreement of the International Monetary Fund

 

 

 

 

 

 


The International Monetary Fund, 1945–1965: Twenty Years of International Monetary Cooperation, Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3


American in the Shadows:Harry Dexter White and the Design of the International Monetary Fund


The International Monetary Fund, 1966-1971: The System Under Stress, Volume 1, Volume 2


The IMF in a Changing World, 1945-1985


The International Monetary Fund, 1972-1978: Cooperation on Trial,  Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3


Fifty Years After Bretton Woods: The Future of the IMF and the World Bank


Silent Revolution: The International Monetary Fund, 1979-1989


Dollars, Debt, and Deficits—60 Years After Bretton Woods


From Great Depression to Great Recession: The Elusive Quest for International Policy Cooperation


Tearing Down Walls:The International Monetary Fund, 1990-1999


International Monetary Cooperation Since Bretton Woods


The IMF and the Force of History: Ten Events and Ten Ideas that Have Shaped the Institution


International Monetary Fund Annual Report 2020


Finance & Development: June 2019: The IMF at 75

   


VIDEO: Bretton Woods: The Next Chapter. Historians discuss the founding of the IMF and the events that have shaped it. Speakers: Jim Boughton, former IMF Historian, Bessma Momani, associate professor at the University of Waterloo, Greg Ip, U.S. Economics Editor, The Economist, Joseph P. Joyce, author of "The IMF and Global Economic Crises: Phoenix Rising?", Kurt Schuler, Coeditor, The Bretton Woods Transcripts, Benn Steil, author, The Battle of Bretton Woods, and Gerry Rice, IMF Communications Director. (1:23).


PODCASTS

The 1990s: The IMF and the Stormy Decade Revealing the Secrets of Bretton Woods