Archive of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS)


The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) was established in 1930. It is the world's oldest international financial institution and remains the principal centre for international central bank cooperation. The archive was opened to the public in 1998. The archive offers a chronology of the main events in the BIS's institutional history.


The record groups consist largely of various types of correspondence, internal communication and reports. Important collections include files on:

  • Reparations Office: secretariat files and a documentation library originating from the Berlin Reparations Office (Agent General for Reparations Parker Gilbert)
  • the administration of international loans issued in connection with the Dawes and Young Plans (Dawes and Young Loans)
  • the operation of the European Payments Union and the European Monetary Agreement from the late 1940s onward
  • international credit facilities in the granting of which the BIS has been involved e.g. 1966 and 1968 Sterling Group Arrangements
  • expert meetings and conferences organized by the BIS or in which the BIS participated
  • papers of senior managers: e.g. R Auboin, Dr E Hülse and Dr P Hechler

There are also customer and counterparty files, documenting banking policy and banking transactions between the BIS and its counterparties from 1930 (mainly central banks and international institutions).

Detailed information on the BIS archive collections that have been released for consultation by external researchers can be found in the BIS Archive Guide.


The archive is open to researchers by appointment only. They must request a letter of invitation. See the web site for details. A maximum of two researchers are permitted access at any one time, and only then when they are working jointly on a project.

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Bank for International Settlements
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