• IdentificationMSCBT0001
  • TitleChicago Board of Trade records: Series I - Organizational records MSCBT0001
  • PublisherSpecial Collections
  • LanguageEnglish
  • RepositorySpecial Collections
  • Physical Description53.0 Linear feet
  • Date1858-1999
  • LocationThe oversize items are shelved in B-242, Bay 8.

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. In addition, several series contain items that are further restricted. 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.

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.

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Processed by Cory Davis, John Rosen and Sarah McMahon October 2010-May 2011. Finding aid by Cory Davis, edited by Jae Lurie. Encoded by Jae Lurie April 2012.

The Organizational records are arranged roughly chronologically to the box level. There are oversize materials associated with this series. They are listed at the end of the container list for each series.

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.

The Organizational records consist of materials pertaining to the organization, governance, and membership of the Board of Trade. The Organizational records are broken into three segments: association records; rules and regulations; and annual reports and statistics.

  • Names
    • Chicago Board of Trade.
    • United States. Army. Chicago Board of Trade Light Artillery Battery (1862-1865).
  • Subject
    • American Civil War (1861-1865).
    • Commodity exchanges.
    • Commodity futures.
    • Corporation reports.
    • Futures.
    • Great Fire (Chicago, Illinois : 1871).
  • Geographic Coverage
    • Illinois--Chicago.
    • United States.