• IdentificationMSCBT0020
  • TitleChicago Board of Trade records: Series III - Gerald Beyer secretary correspondence MSCBT0020
  • PublisherSpecial Collections
  • LanguageEnglish
  • RepositorySpecial Collections
  • Physical Description6.75 Linear feet
  • Date1972-1979

Processed by John Rosen, Lindsay Menard, and Kit Fluker November 2010-September 2011. Finding aid by Kit Fluker. Edited and encoded by Jae Lurie March 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 from 1976 and 1978 are organized alphabetically by year, except for conduct violations, disciplinary records, and adjustment letters, which are grouped together at the end of file years. Files from 1977 (boxes 1358 to 1361) are not alphabetized.

Boxes 1353-1357 are also listed in Thomas L. Triggs' secretary correspondence.

Below is a list of many, though not all, of the file headings included in this record group:

Accounting Department

Besant, Lloyd - Educational Services

Board of Trade Clearing Corporation

Lebeck correspondence to Board of Directors

Secretary correspondence to Board of Directors

Budget - secretary's office

Bules, Pat - Exchange Floor Services

Burmeister, Robert - executive vice president

Cameron, Dennis - Member Services

Clark, Fred - Weighmaster


Clearing corporation

Clearing privileges

CFTC (under Co and CF)

-- disciplinary actions

-- dockets

-- News

CPA materials

Cushman and Wakefield - building managers

Death notifications

Doyle, Bernard - legal counsel

Draths, Paul - Member Services

Dual trading (CFTC)

Economic Research and Planning


-- Amex Commodities Exchange

-- New Orleans Commodities Exchange

-- New York Cocoa Exchange

-- New York Coffee and Sugar Exchange

-- New York Stock Exchange

-- Omaha Grain Exchange

-- Sydney Futures Exchange

-- Winnipeg Commodity Exchange

Executive Club News

Financial Standards

Futures Industry Association

Guaranty deposits

ILA-AFL-CIO Local #421

Information Systems - Gerald Byrne

Information - Noel Ogan

Kirkland and Ellis

Kansas City Board of Trade (also under Exchanges)


Mail and Reprographics

Membership privileges

New York Coffee and Sugar Exchange (also under Exchanges)

O'Brien letter

Office of Investigations and Audits

Options (CFTC)


Public Relations

-- The Trader

Rule 204

Rule 222

Rule book

Rule book reorganization

Ryan, Richards (also under Accounting)


Speech materials

Time stamping

Trade check-ins


Triggs, Thomas

25-year or more non-member

Union League Club


US Government Printing Office

Warehouse receipts

Washington Report

Western Weighing and Inspection Bureau and Association of American Railroads

Woodson-Tenent Laboratories

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 the files of Gerald Beyer, secretary of the Chicago Board of Trade from 1976 to 1978. The material is mostly correspondence and notices, but also includes contracts, newsletters, pamphlets, financial records, trading records, reports, and articles. General correspondence includes information requests from members and non-members, and requests for adjustments to trades. Internal correspondence includes memoranda to department heads, executive officers, and staff, and notices to the Board of Directors from Beyer and from CBOT president Warren Lebeck. Also present are general notices to members, correspondence regarding fines for conduct violations, and records of disciplinary actions against CBOT members. The record group includes correspondence with regulatory authorities, notably the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), correspondence with legal counsel, and memoranda, notices, press releases, booklets, and reports from other commodity exchanges.

Correspondence from 1976 includes records from Beyer's predecessor, Thomas L. Triggs.

Boxes 1357-1361 contain restricted materials. For more information, please speak with special collections staff.

  • Names
    • Beyer, Gerald
    • Chicago Board of Trade.
    • Futures Industry Association.
    • International Longshoremen's Association.
    • Kirkland & Ellis (Firm).
    • Lebeck, Warren W.
    • Triggs, Thomas L.
    • United States. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
  • Subject
    • Broilers (Chickens).
    • Commodity exchanges--Law and legislation.
    • Commodity exchanges.
    • Commodity futures.
    • Futures.
  • Geographic Coverage
    • Illinois--Chicago.
    • United States.