• IdentificationMSCBT0027
  • TitleChicago Board of Trade records: Series III - Executive Vice President records MSCBT0027
  • PublisherSpecial Collections
  • LanguageEnglish
  • RepositorySpecial Collections
  • Physical Description27.0 Linear feet
  • Date1947-1986

Processed by Kit Fluker March-December 2012. Finding aid by Kit Fluker. Edited and encoded by Jae Lurie March 2013.

[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 by executive vice president, and are in roughly chronological order.

Executive vice presidents of CBOT had broad administrative duties and were responsible to the president. The scope of an executive vice president's duties varied depending on the perceived needs of the CBOT administration at the time. The first executive vice president of the Chicago Board of Trade was John R. Mauff, who held the position from 1923 to 1925. There was not another executive vice president until J.O. McClintock held the position from 1948 to 1952. As executive vice president, McClintock was the most senior paid executive at CBOT. In 1953, Robert Liebenow served as "executive secretary," a position that gave him the same powers and responsibilities that McClintock had as executive vice president. When Liebenow became the first paid, non-member CBOT president in 1956, the position of executive secretary was abolished. The title of executive vice president was next used for Warren W. Lebeck in 1965. Lebeck was appointed to the position in order to take on greater administrative responsibilities and powers between October 1965 and June 1967, when CBOT was without a president. The title was sometimes held concurrently by multiple CBOT officers.

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.

Robert Burmeister served concurrently as Chicago Board of Trade treasurer and executive vice president. More of his records can be found in Chicago Board of Trade records: Treasurer records. More records of Henry Hall Wilson can be found in Chicago Board of Trade records: Henry Hall Wilson correspondence.

Further records of Warren Lebeck can be found in Chicago Board of Trade records: Warren W. Lebeck secretary records and Chicago Board of Trade records: President Warren W. Lebeck records.

Further records of George Sladoje can be found in Chicago Board of Trade records: Treasurer records.

The executive vice president record group contains files from CBOT executive vice presidents J.O. McClintock (executive vice president 1948-1952), Robert Burmeister (1970-1982), Paul Johns (1978-1980), George Sladoje (1982-1993), and senior executive vice president Warren Lebeck (1978-1979). The record group also contains some more general files from the office of the executive vice president, including records of presentations at annual meetings, correspondence, newsletters, pamphlets, speeches, reports, studies, clippings, articles, and transcripts of hearings.

J.O. McClintock's files include his records from 1948 to 1951. The files contain correspondence with legal advisors, grain exchanges, trade organizations, and government personnel, and records related to federal legislation and the USDA. Some of McClintock's records from 1948 and 1949 can also be found in the files of CBOT secretaries William Bosworth and Everette B. Harris.

There are only a small number of Robert Burmeister's files in this record group, all relating to his correspondence and work collaborations with CBOT President Henry Hall Wilson. The records date from 1970 to 1979. Burmeister was also CBOT treasurer for most of the time he served as executive vice president.

Warren Lebeck's files include records relating to the United States' Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC), multilateral trade negotiations, the Auction Markets Political Action Committee (AMPAC), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and CBOT rules and regulations. The files contain correspondence with CBOT staff and officers, government officials, and other commodity exchanges, and large amount of records related to Lebeck's speeches, seminars, and meetings. The files also include draft correspondence and speeches.

Paul Johns was Executive Vice President of Market and Product Development. His files mostly relate to CBOT administration, projects, and publicity and education efforts. Present is a large amount of correspondence with CBOT staff and officers, and memoranda to and from CBOT committees.

George Sladoje's records date from 1974 to 1986. The records include correspondence with staff, executive officers, and the Board of Directors. Sladoje was coordinator for the Finance Committee, and files include Finance Committee memoranda and records. Present are files relating to construction of the CBOT annex and to real estate management company Cushman and Wakefield. The records include annual reports and other records from other exchanges, and records of the Chicago Central Area Committee. Also present are files related to disaster planning and data recovery. Sladoje's records also include some general records from the executive office, including reading files of executive assistant Geri Lesniak. Sladoje was treasurer before becoming executive vice president, and served in both positions in 1982.

  • Names
    • Auction Markets Political Action Committee.
    • Burmeister, Robert
    • Chicago Board of Trade Building (Chicago, Ill.).
    • Chicago Board of Trade.
    • Chicago Central Area Committee.
    • Cushman & Wakefield.
    • Johns, Paul
    • Lebeck, Warren W.
    • Lesniak, Geri
    • McClintock, J.O.
    • Sladoje, George
    • United States. Agriculture Policy Advisory Committee.
    • United States. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
    • United States. Department of Agriculture.
    • Wilson, Henry Hall, 1921-1979
  • Subject
    • Commodity exchanges.
    • Commodity futures.
    • Futures.
  • Geographic Coverage
    • Illinois--Chicago.
    • United States.