• IdentificationMSCBT0016
  • TitleChicago Board of Trade Records: Series III - Everette B. Harris secretary correspondence MSCBT0016
  • PublisherSpecial Collections
  • LanguageEnglish
  • RepositorySpecial Collections
  • Physical Description22.0 Linear feet
  • Date
    • Bulk, 1949-1953
    • 1942-1954

Processed by John Rosen, Lindsay Menard, and Kit Fluker November 2010-September 2011. Finding aid by Kit Fluker. Edited and encoded by Jae Lurie April 2012.

[Collection Title], Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

The records of the Chicago Board of Trade at the University of Illinois at Chicago are closed for 50 years from the date of record creation. Please contact Special Collections before visiting to ensure that the materials are available to the public.

The Chicago Board of Trade records were received by Special Collections and University Archives in numerous accessions between 1968 and 2000.

Materials from accessions 1968-113, 69-11, 72-44, 72-48, 74-16, 74-33, 75-68, 76-115, 77-53, 77-89, 78-91, 79-42, 81-21, 81-22, 81-23, 81-49, 81-110, 82-46, 83-50, 83-51, 84-28, 84-41, 84-42, 85-29, 86-3, 86-4, 86-5, 86-16, 86-17, 86-18, 91-11, 91-24, 92-11, 92-19, 93-1, 93-21, 93-30, 95-28, 97-2, 97-14, 97-32, 98-2, and 2000-37 were merged into one collection. Materials from each accession may be described in this finding aid.

Files are arranged alphabetically by year, and alphabetization is not always consistent between years.

Boxes 1145 and 1194-1204 are also listed in the container lists for William Bosworth's and Robert C. Liebenow's secretary correspondence, respectively.

Some file headings are listed below:

Annual election

Annual meeting

Appeals Committee

Arbitration Committee


Board of Trade

-- Clearing corporation

-- Safe Deposit Co.

Bostrom, Carl E. - president

Canadian Wheat Board




-- general

-- special



Directors' file

4-H Club


Grain Exchange Institute, Chicago Board of Trade

Harris, Everette B.

Hennig, A.C., supervisor, Exchange Quarters

Hicks, J.W. - public relations counsel

William F. Hogan Associates, Communications Consultants

Hours of trading

E.F. Hutton and Co.

Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Illinois Commerce Commission

University of Illinois

Kansas City Board of Trade

Kirkland, Fleming, Green, Martin and Ellis


Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Beane

Milwaukee Grain Exchange

Minneapolis Grain Exchange

Mississippi Valley Association

National Grain Trade Council

New York Produce Exchange

New York Stock Exchange

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.


Office of Price Stabilization



Rules Committee - adjustments



-- soybean oil

Special committees


Steptoe and Johnson

Transportation Department

US Chamber of Commerce

United States (US)

-- congressional hearings

-- Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

-- senators and representatives

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

-- Commodity Exchange Authority (CEA)

-- CEA Dockets


-- applications

-- provisions warehouses

-- statistics

-- tariffs

Western Union

Wheat agreement (see also Canadian Wheat Board)

Winnipeg Grain Exchange

The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) was started in 1848 by a small group of Chicago businessmen. The exchange was formed to help structure the grain trade in the Midwest. Before the Chicago Board of Trade came into being, the market for grain was extremely volatile with prices high in the winter and low in the summer, resulting in poor economic conditions for farmers. The early Board of Trade helped to create stable economic conditions for regional farmers and also worked to create standards and grades for various grains along with inspection processes to help ensure buyers received the goods for which they had paid. In 1859 the Illinois legislature granted the Chicago Board of Trade a charter allowing self-regulation. By 1865 the CBOT had a permanent location in the Chicago Chamber of Commerce Building and about 150 members. The Chicago Board of Trade was governed by its members and an elected Board of Directors. Rules and Regulations regarding day-to-day activities of the exchange were amended frequently as the organization responded to the issues of the time. The established organization of the Board of Trade in its early years was mostly maintained over time with revisions to rules and additions and subtractions to the organization based upon the economic, political, and technological climate at the time.

This record group consists of Everette B. Harris' files from 1949 to June 1953, when he served as secretary of the Chicago Board of Trade. The record group consists mostly of correspondence, and also includes notices, speeches, legal agreements, briefs, financial statements, statistics, meeting minutes, and pamphlets. Much of the correspondence consists of inquiries about commodity prices and CBOT rules and practices, memoranda to and from various CBOT committees and departments, and notices to members. Also present is correspondence with other commodity exchanges and government agencies.

Executive Vice President J.O. McClintock performed some of the duties of secretary before Harris' tenure as secretary, and a large amount of McClintock's papers are included in the 1949 files. McClintock's correspondence appears to a lesser extent throughout the rest of the record group. Files from 1953 also contain papers from Robert C. Liebenow, who became secretary in July of that year.

  • Names
    • Canadian Wheat Board.
    • Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America.
    • Chicago Board of Trade.
    • Harris, Everette B.
    • Kirkland & Ellis (Firm).
    • Liebenow, Robert C.
    • McClintock, J.O.
    • United States. Commodity Exchange Authority.
    • United States. Department of Agriculture.
    • United States. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Subject
    • Barley.
    • Commodity exchanges--Law and legislation.
    • Commodity exchanges.
    • Commodity futures.
    • Cotton.
    • Futures.
    • Grain.
    • Lard.
    • Rye.
    • Soy oil.
    • Warehouses.
    • Wheat.
  • Geographic Coverage
    • Illinois--Chicago.
    • United States.