Opening of BIS Wartime Archives

7 July 1997

Press release

On 12th May 1997 the Bank for International Settlements announced in a press communiqué its decision to open to the public the Bank's historical archives: "Documents older than 30 years will be made available from early 1998. However, as a preliminary measure, major documents relating to the BIS's wartime activities will be made available to historians and researchers from July of this year".

The Bank's major wartime documents (click on 'see the list' at right) have now been microfilmed and are available to researchers for consultation as from Tuesday, 8th July 1997. The microfilms can be studied on the BIS's premises every weekday from 9 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., except on the days of Board Meetings.

The opening of other BIS records more than 30 years old is scheduled for early 1998.


More informations:
Note on gold shipments and gold exchanges organised by the Bank for International Settlements, 1st June 1938 - 31st May 1945, Read