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Descriptive inventory for the Gottlieb & Schwartz records, 1921-1949

Gottlieb & Schwartz records

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Descriptive inventory for the Gottlieb & Schwartz records, 1921-1949

Prepared by Kit Fluker; ed. by Rachel Juris, 2011; Gretchen Neidhardt, 2017.
Processed with funding provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
  
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Gottlieb & Schwartz records, 1921-1949 (inclusive)
Creators: Gottlieb & Schwartz (Law firm : Chicago, Ill.)
Friedman, William J.
Gottlieb, Harry N.
Schwartz, Charles K
Schwartz, Ulysses S.
Calumet and South Chicago Railway Company
Chicago Surface Lines
Chicago City Railway Company
Chicago Railways Company
Chicago Transit Authority
United States--Federal Trade Commission
Dates: 1921-1949 (inclusive)
Accession number: M1972.0012
Bib number: 00065640
Call number: MSS Lot G
Size: 30 linear ft. (71 boxes)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Most of the collection is a gift of the University of Chicago Law School (accession #: M1972.0012). Scrapbooks pertaining to his career were a gift of Ulysses S. Schwartz.

Terms governing use:

Copyright may be retained by the the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Restriction(s):

This collection is open for research use.

Please cite this collection as:

Gottlieb & Schwartz records (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Collection Summary +/-

Briefs, notices, agreements, transcripts, drafts of legal documents, court exhibits, research files, memoranda, correspondence, pamphlets, clippings, and other records of the Chicago law firm Gottlieb & Schwartz. The firm represented bondholders of the Chicago Surface Lines, and the collection includes notices to bondholders and copies of bondholders' protective agreements, as well as financial assessments and valuations of the Chicago Surface Lines. Most of the materials in the collection relate to the unification of Chicago public transit, especially as it influenced Chicago Surface Lines bondholders. Also present are materials on plans for the reorganization of the Chicago Surface Lines and Chicago public transit, as well as on city ordinances created to enable transit unification. Present are transcripts and exhibits from federal district court and Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) hearings on transit reorganization and unification plans.

The collection also contains transcripts of hearings, clippings, press releases, pamphlets, and correspondence related to Senate Resolution 83, known as the Walsh Resolution, which passed in 1928 and lead to an investigation of public utility holding companies by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

Gottlieb & Schwartz (later Gottlieb, Schwartz & Friedman) was a Chicago law firm whose clients included bondholders of the Chicago Surface Lines. The firm represented bondholders of Chicago City Railway Company and Calumet & South Chicago Railway Company, two member companies of the Chicago Surface Lines, during the transition to a unified transit system and the creation of the Chicago Transit Authority. Members of the firm included Harry N. Gottlieb, Charles K. Schwartz and William J. Friedman. Ulysses S. Schwartz, brother of Charles Schwartz, initially represented the bondholders of the two railway companies in court until Friedman replaced him in 1939.

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Actions and defenses--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Law firms--Illinois--Chicago--20th centory
Lawyers--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Local transit--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Public utilities--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Public utilities--Law and legislation--Illinois--Chicago
Railroad companies--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Railroads, Elevated--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Street-railroads--Illinois--Chicago--20th century
Street-railroads--Law and legislation--Illinois--Chicago
Persons:
Friedman, William J
Gottlieb, Harry N
Schwartz, Charles K.
Schwartz, Ulysses S., 1887--Archives
Organizations:
Calumet and South Chicago Railway Company
Chicago City Railway Company
Chicago Railways Company
Chicago Surface Lines
Chicago Transit Authority
Gottlieb & Schwartz (Law firm : Chicago, Ill.)--Archives
United States--Federal Trade Commission
Genre/Form:
Agreements
Briefs (legal documents)
Correspondence
Financial records
Legal notices
Minutes
Newspaper clippings
Pamphlets
Press releases
Reports
Research (document genres)
Scrapbooks
Testimonies
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Commerce--20th century
Chicago (Ill.)--Politics and government--20th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in seven series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Early transit reorganization cases and unification plans, 1924-1948 (box 1-6)
Reorganization Committee for Chicago Surface Lines, 1928-1949 (box 7-16)
Series 3. General transit unification materials, 1931-1947) (box 16-27)
Series 4. Federal courts hearings on transit unification, 1935-1949 (box 28-43, 71)
Series 5. Illinois Commerce Commission hearings on transit unification, 1921-1947 (box 44-55)
Series 6. Federal Trade Commission clippings and press releases, 1928-1936 (box 56-59)
Series 7. Federal Trade Commission public utilitis hearings, 1928-1934 (box 59-70)

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Karrah Kuykendall using Oxygen Editor, 2016; revised by Julie Wroblewski, 2016.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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