The attorney and author Joseph Gold was born in London, England, on July 12, 1912; he died on February 22, 2000 in Bethesda, Maryland. Gold was educated at the University of London, LLB (Bachelor of Laws), 1935, and LLM (Master of Law), 1936, and Harvard University (SJD, 1942).
As an attorney, Gold spent most of his career working for the International Monetary Fund’s legal department. Prior to his work with the IMF, Sir Joseph worked as secretary to the British Seaman’s Welfare Board and legal advisor to the British Merchant Shipping Mission. He joined the IMF in 1946 as counselor; in 1960 he became director of the IMF’s legal department, and was appointed general counsel. He retired in 1979, but served as senior counsel until shortly before his death. He also continued to write on the international monetary system framed by the IMF. In 1980 Joseph Gold was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his contributions as an international civil servant.
A prolific scholar on monetary law, Gold was the lead author on the First Amendment of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement. During his life, he published over 20 volumes and 100 articles on the legal aspect of international monetary policy. Gold also worked as a lecturer at several universities, including Southern Methodist University, University of Michigan, Columbia School of Law, and Creighton University. Gold’s scholarly work was well respected by the legal and academic communities and he served on the advisory board of the George Washington University Journal of International Law and Economics, the advisory board of law and policy in international business at Georgetown University; he was also a founding member of the editorial committee of The Modern Law Review.
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“Sir Joseph Gold Is Memorialized as Authority on International Law.” IMF Survey. 6 March 2000. Page 66. (accessed January 2018).
The Sir Joseph Gold political and miscellaneous ephemera collection comprises .67 linear feet of newsletters, pamphlets, posters, blank letterhead, and typed pages from the 1960s through the 1990s. The bulk of the collection is from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s. The collection is arranged in three series: I. Political Issues, II. Non-Political Ephemera, and III. Letterhead.
Within each series, the collection is arranged thematically. In the first series, which contains political ephemera, topics include Black power, socialism, campaigns and elections, civil and human rights, issues of economic justice and equality, energy and environmental issues, Jewish concerns, the Vietnam Conflict, international left-wing political movements, and peace issues. The second series includes miscellaneous materials including reviews of and pamphlets pertaining to published books, poetry and flyers and assorted materials relating to the theater and other performance art. The third series contains blank letterhead from airlines, cruises, and hotels from around the world.
There are also materials relating to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which include a review of Sir Joseph Gold’s book, Interpretations: the IMF and International Law, and uncirculated banknotes from the former USSR and the New Eastern Block.