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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Laird Bell Papers 1928-1965

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Bell, Laird. Papers

Dates:

1928-1965

Size:

19 linear feet (34 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

Laird Bell, attorney and member of the University of Chicago Board of Trustees. Bell practiced law in Chicago and was involved in a number of civic and corporate organizations. The collection contains documents from his service on the University of Chicago Board of Trustees as well as on several postwar economic projects of the U.S. government

Information on Use

Access

The collection is open for research.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Bell, Laird. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Laird Bell was born in Winona, Minnesota in 1883. He received an A.B. from Harvard University in 1904 and a J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1907. Bell married Nathalie Fairbank in 1909 and settled in Winnetka, Illinois. He practiced law in Chicago after being admitted to the Illinois bar in 1907 and was a partner in the legal firm Bell, Boyd, Lloyd, Haddad & Burns after 1936. Bell served as president of the Winnetka Board of Education from 1919 to1923 as wells as president of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations from 1937 to 1939. He chaired the Board of Trustees of Carleton College from 1943 to 1955 and the University of Chicago Board of Trustees from 1949 to 1953; he was a member of the Harvard University Board of Overseers from 1948 to 1954 and President of the Harvard Alumni Association in 1946. Bell was chairman of the Board of Directors of the Weyerhauser Timber Company from 1947 to 1955. He chaired the Navy Price Adjustment Board in 1944 and served in the Military Government in occupied Germany in 1945. He was an alternate U.S. Delegate to the Tenth Assemby of the United Nations in 1955 and was a member of the United States Advisory Committee on Educational Exchange from 1955 to 1960.

Bell died in Evanston, Illinois in 1965 and was buried in Winona, Minnesota

Scope Note

The Laird Bell papers include a variety of documents pertaining to Bell’s service at the University of Chicago as well as on several government projects and agencies. Series I contains correspondence, memoranda, and reports regarding miscellaneous events and procedures at the University of Chicago between 1928 and 1953. These include various committee documents, information about anti-communist activism and controversy from the 1930s to 1950s (press clippings and pamphlets about this subject are also included), and legal documents redefining the longstanding affiliation between the University of Chicago and Rush Medical College. Series II contains documents from the University of Chicago Board of Trustees, including meeting minutes and correspondence. Series III contains correspondence from Bell’s service on Navy Price adjustment board and related Chicago Law Review articles on war contracts. Series IV contains correspondence from Bell’s participation in the Office of Military Government in U.S.-occupied Germany and related pamphlets on postwar economic policy. Series V contains correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, and reports from the Technical Assistance to Latin America program of the U.S. Government. Series VI includes correspondence, meetings minutes and reports from the U.S. Advisory Commission on Educational Exchange. Series VII include correspondence, meeting minutes, and reports from the Foreign Bondholders Protective Council, as well as documents from Bell’s 1934 trip to Germany on behalf of the Council. Series VIII contains oversize material, primarily press clippings from the 1930s and 1940s.

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: University of Chicago, General Matters

Box 1    Folder 1

Correspondence, 1928

Box 1    Folder 2

Correspondence, 1930-1933

Box 1    Folder 3

Correspondence, 1934-1935

Box 1    Folder 4

Correspondence, 1936

Box 1    Folder 5

Correspondence, 1935-1937

Box 1    Folder 6

Correspondence, 1937

Box 1    Folder 7

Correspondence, 1938

Box 1    Folder 8

Correspondence, 1939

Box 2   Folder 1

Correspondence, 1940

Box 2   Folder 2

Correspondence, 1941

Box 2   Folder 3

Correspondence, 1942-1944

Box 2   Folder 4

Correspondence, 1945-1946

Box 2   Folder 5

James Weber Linn Scholarship Fund, 1943

Box 2   Folder 6

Retirement plans, 1941-1946

Box 2   Folder 7

Alumni Committee, 1948

Box 2   Folder 8

Correspondence, 1947

Box 3   Folder 1

Correspondence, 1948

Box 3   Folder 2

The Council of the University Senate and Committee of the Council, Rules of Procedure, 1946

Box 3   Folder 3

Financial matters, 1947-1948

Box 3   Folder 4

Milton Mayer, 1947

Box 3   Folder 5

John Murra, 1947

Box 3   Folder 6

News clippings, 1947-1948

Box 3   Folder 7

Retirement plans, 1947

Box 3   Folder 8

Special Committee on Social Science, 1947-1948

Box 3   Folder 9

G.A. Borgese, 1950-1951

Box 3   Folder 10

Correspondence, 1949

Box 3   Folder 11

Correspondence, 1950-1951

Box 3   Folder 12

Donald John Jenkins Scholarship, 1949-1951

Box 3   Folder 13

Public Workers Union, 1949

Box 3   Folder 14

Correspondence, 1947

Box 3   Folder 15

Correspondence, 1948-1949

Box 4   Folder 1

Administration Building, correspondence, 1950

Box 4   Folder 2

Letter to trustees, June 24, 1952

Box 4   Folder 3

Administration Building, contributions, 1947

Box 4   Folder 4

Administration Building, receipts, 1947-1952

Box 4   Folder 5

Broyles Bills, correspondence, March, 1949

Box 4   Folder 6

Broyles Bills, correspondence, April, 1949

Box 4   Folder 7

Broyles Bills, correspondence, May, 1949

Box 4   Folder 8

Broyles Bills, correspondence, June-December, 1949

Box 5   Folder 1

Broyles Bills, correspondence, 1950-1951

Box 5   Folder 2

Broyles Bills, correspondence and speeches, 1949-1951

Box 5   Folder 3

Broyles Bills, exhibits files, 1949

Box 5   Folder 4

Broyles Bills, statement of professors, 1949

Box 5   Folder 5

Broyles Bills, miscellaneous pamphlets and newsletters, 1950-1951, undated

Box 5   Folder 6

Broyles Bills, miscellaneous papers and news clippings, 1948-1951, undated

Box 5   Folder 7

Broyles Bills, miscellaneous papers and news clippings, 1949 and undated

Box 5   Folder 8

Broyles Bills, correspondence, 1951-1953

Box 5   Folder 9

National Council for American Education

Box 6   Folder 1

"Reducators," National Council for American Education, 1949

Box 6   Folder 2

Broyles Bills, miscellaneous papers, 1951-1953, undated

Box 6   Folder 3

Comptrollers’ reports, 1949

Box 6   Folder 4

Comptrollers’ reports, 1950

Box 6   Folder 5

Comptrollers’ reports, 1950-1951

Box 6   Folder 6

Comptrollers’ reports, 1952

Box 6   Folder 7

William T. Couch, information, 1950-1952

Box 6   Folder 8

William T. Couch, correspondence, 1950-1952

Box 7   Folder 1

Committee on Instruction and Research, 1942-1944

Box 7   Folder 2

Committee on Instruction and Research, 1937-1938

Box 7   Folder 3

Committee on Instruction and Research, 1938-1941

Box 7   Folder 4

Committee on Instruction and Research, 1942

Box 7   Folder 5

Committee on Instruction and Research, 1943-1945

Box 7   Folder 6

Committee on Instruction and Research, 1946

Box 7   Folder 7

Committee on Instruction and Research, 1944

Box 7   Folder 8

Committee on Instruction and Research, 1947-1949, 1956

Box 7   Folder 9

Committee on Instruction and Research, report to Trustees

Box 8   Folder 1

Educational reorganization, formal memoranda, 1944

Box 8   Folder 2

Educational reorganization, formal memoranda, 1944

Box 8   Folder 3

Educational reorganization, trustee-faculty meeting, 1944

Box 8   Folder 4

Educational reorganization, miscellaneous, 1944

Box 8   Folder 5

Committee on Inauguration, 1929

Box 8   Folder 6

Law School, 1938-1953

Box 8   Folder 7

Merger of funds, 1936-1937

Box 8   Folder 8

Merger of funds, correspondence, 1936-1938

Box 8   Folder 9

Opinions on indefinite tenure, 1933, 1942, 1943, undated

Box 9   Folder 1

Rush Medical College, 1937

Box 9   Folder 2

Rush Medical College, 1938-1941

Box 9   Folder 3

Rush-Presbyterian-Illinois Agreement, 1940-1941

Box 9   Folder 4

Rush and University of Chicago legal suit, record of proceedings, 1940-1941

Box 9   Folder 5

Rush and University legal suit, correspondence, 1940-1941

Box 9   Folder 6

Transcripts of testimony in Senate investigation hearing, 1935

Box 9   Folder 7

Transcripts of testimony in Senate investigation hearing, 1935

Box 9   Folder 8

Transcripts of testimony in Senate investigation hearing, 1935

Box 9   Folder 9

Transcripts of testimony in Senate investigation hearing, 1935

Box 10   Folder 1

Transcripts of testimony in Senate investigation hearing, 1935

Box 10   Folder 2

Transcripts of testimony in Senate investigation hearing, 1935

Series II: University of Chicago, Board of Trustees

Box 10   Folder 3

Laird Bell, Funds, 1951-1965

Box 10   Folder 4

Correspondence with Ben May, 1950

Box 10   Folder 5

Correspondence with Ben May, 1951

Box 10   Folder 6

Correspondence with Ben May, 1952-1954

Box 10   Folder 7

Board members’ correspondence, 1950-1952

Box 11   Folder 1

Trustees meeting minutes, January 10 - April 11, 1963

Box 11   Folder 2

Trustees meeting minutes, June 7 - August 8, 1963

Box 11   Folder 3

Trustees meeting minutes, September 6 - November 14, 1963

Box 11   Folder 4

Trustees meeting minutes, January 3 - March, 1964

Box 11   Folder 5

Trustees meeting minutes, April 9 - June 5, 1964

Box 11   Folder 6

Trustees meeting minutes, June 11 - November, 1965

Box 11   Folder 7

Trustees meeting minutes, 1965

Box 12   Folder 1

Budget Committee, meeting minutes, 1963-1964

Box 12   Folder 2

Business Administration Committee, meeting minutes, 1961-1962

Box 12   Folder 3

Encyclopedia Britannica, correspondence, 1951-1955

Box 12   Folder 4

Encyclopedia Britannica, correspondence, 1956-1959

Box 12   Folder 5

Encyclopedia Britannica, correspondence, 1960-1965

Box 12   Folder 6

Encyclopedia Britannica, memorandum, 1961

Box 12   Folder 7

Financial Campaign

Box 12   Folder 8

Jenner Committee Hearing, correspondence, 1951-1954

Box 12   Folder 9

Jenner Committee Hearing, legislative investigation

Box 13   Folder 1

Jenner Committee Hearing, stenographic transcripts, June 1953

Box 13   Folder 2

Correspondence with Lawrence A. Kimpton, 1951-1952

Box 13   Folder 3

Correspondence with Lawrence A. Kimpton, 1953-1960

Box 13   Folder 4

Lawrence A. Kimpton, miscellaneous, 1951

Box 13   Folder 5

Law School correspondence, 1950-1951

Box 13   Folder 6

Law School correspondence, 1952-1952

Box 13   Folder 7

Law School correspondence, 1955-1957

Box 13   Folder 8

Law School building fund, correspondence, 1960-1962

Box 13   Folder 9

Law School scholarship, correspondence, 1950-1959

Box 13   Folder 10

Law School scholarship, correspondence, 1958-1965

Box 13   Folder 11

Investment Committee, meeting minutes, 1963-1965

Box 14   Folder 1

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1950

Box 14   Folder 2

Miscellaneous correspondence, January - June, 1951

Box 14   Folder 3

Miscellaneous correspondence, July - December 1951

Box 14   Folder 4

Argonne National Laboratory, annual report, 1963

Box 14   Folder 5

Miscellaneous material on Bell’s desk at his death

Box 14   Folder 6

Bird Haven

Box 14   Folder 7

Bylaws

Box 14   Folder 8

Correspondence, 1956-1958

Box 15   Folder 1

Correspondence, 1959-1965

Box 15   Folder 2

Paul Harper Memorial, 1950-1953

Box 15   Folder 3

Miscellaneous, 1948-1949

Box 15   Folder 4

Will of Mary Shannon Roberts, 1953

Box 15   Folder 5

Zoller Fund, 1934-1952

Box 15   Folder 6

New Chancellor, 1960-1961

Box 15   Folder 7

Correspondence re Chancellor nominations, 1949-1958

Box 15   Folder 8

Correspondence re Visiting Committees, 1949-1960

Box 16   Folder 1

Visiting Committee, Greek Cultural Foundation, 1951-1952

Box 16   Folder 2

Visiting Committee, miscellaneous, 1951-1952, undated

Box 16   Folder 3

Visiting Committee, Student Interests, 1952

Box 16   Folder 4

Visiting Committee to the Oriental Institute, 1951-1952

Series III: Navy Price Adjustment Board

Box 16   Folder 5

University of Chicago Law Review, articles on war contracts, April 1944

Box 16   Folder 6

Correspondence, 1943

Box 16   Folder 7

Correspondence, 1944-1948

Series IV: Office of Military Government

Box 16   Folder 8

Correspondence, 1945

Box 16   Folder 9

Correspondence, January-March, 1946

Box 17   Folder 1

Correspondence, April-December, 1946

Box 17   Folder 2

Correspondence, 1947-1952

Box 17   Folder 3

Pamphlets on postwar economic policy and planning, 1945-1946

Series V: Technical Assistance - Latin America (TALA)

Box 17   Folder 4

Correspondence, 1952-1953

Box 17   Folder 5

Correspondence, 1954

Box 17   Folder 6

Correspondence, 1955

Box 18   Folder 1

Correspondence, 1955

Box 18   Folder 2

Correspondence, 1956

Box 18   Folder 3

Correspondence, 1957-1959

Box 18   Folder 4

Meetings and conferences, November 1953

Box 18   Folder 5

Meetings and conferences, May 1954

Box 18   Folder 6

Meetings and conferences, Turrialba, July 1954

Box 18   Folder 7

Meetings and conferences, November 1954

Box 18   Folder 8

Meetings and conferences, May 1954

Box 18   Folder 9

Meeting minutes, 1953-1955

Box 19    Folder 1

Policy Committee, 1953-1955

Box 19    Folder 2

Policy Committee, statement, 1952-1959, undated

Box 19    Folder 3

Technical assistance, 1955-1956, undated

Series VI: U.S. Advisory Commission on Educational Exchange

Box 19   Folder 4

Correspondence, 1955

Box 19   Folder 5

Correspondence, 1956

Box 19   Folder 6

Correspondence, 1957

Box 19   Folder 7

Correspondence, 1957

Box 19   Folder 8

Correspondence, 1958-1961

Box 20    Folder 1

Meeting minutes, May 1955

Box 20    Folder 2

Meeting minutes, September 1955

Box 20    Folder 3

Meeting minutes, December 1955

Box 20    Folder 4

Meeting minutes, April 1956

Box 20    Folder 5

Meeting minutes, July 1956

Box 20    Folder 6

Meeting minutes, October 1956

Box 20    Folder 7

Meeting minutes, January 1957

Box 20    Folder 8

Meeting minutes, May 1957

Box 21   Folder 1

Meeting minutes, September 1957

Box 21   Folder 2

Meeting minutes, December 1957

Box 21   Folder 3

Meeting minutes, February 1958

Box 21   Folder 4

Meeting minutes, July 1958

Box 21   Folder 5

Meeting minutes, December 1958

Box 21   Folder 6

Meeting minutes, March 1959

Box 21   Folder 7

Meeting minutes, June 1959

Box 21   Folder 8

Meeting minutes, October 1959

Box 21   Folder 9

Meeting minutes, February 1960

Box 21   Folder 10

Committee on minority housing problem, correspondence, 1955-1957

Box 21   Folder 11

Committee on minority housing problem, correspondence, 1958-1963

Box 22   Folder 1

Reports, 1948-1961

Box 22   Folder 2

Reports, 1948-1961

Box 22   Folder 3

Trip to Latin America, 1957

Box 22   Folder 4

Trip to Latin America, bills and cards, 1957

Box 22   Folder 5

Latin American Regional Conference on Educational Exchange, 1957

Box 22   Folder 6

Miscellaneous materials on international educational exchange, 1957, undated

Box 22   Folder 7

Report on Latin America, 1957

Series VII: Foreign Bondholders Protective Council

Box 22   Folder 8

General material, 1934-1935

Box 22   Folder 9

Correspondence 1933

Box 23   Folder 1

Correspondence, January-June, 1934

Box 23   Folder 2

Correspondence, June-July, 1934

Box 23   Folder 3

Correspondence and miscellaneous, 1934-1935

Box 23   Folder 4

Correspondence and miscellaneous, 1935

Box 23   Folder 5

Memoranda and financial statements, 1931-1934, undated

Box 23   Folder 6

Speeches, 1934 and undated

Box 24   Folder 1

Correspondence and miscellaneous, 1936-1937

Box 24   Folder 2

Correspondence and miscellaneous, 1938-1939

Box 24   Folder 3

Correspondence, 1940-1946

Box 24   Folder 4

Correspondence, 1954-1956

Box 24   Folder 5

Correspondence, 1957-1965

Box 25   Folder 1

Correspondence re Barranquilla, 1938-1940

Box 25   Folder 2

Press releases, 1936-1937

Box 25   Folder 3

Annual report, 1934

Box 25   Folder 4

Annual report, 1935

Box 26   Folder 1

Annual report, 1936

Box 26   Folder 2

Annual report, 1937

Box 27   Folder 1

Annual report, 1938

Box 27   Folder 2

Annual report, 1939

Box 27   Folder 3

Annual report, 1940

Box 27   Folder 4

Annual reports, 1941-1944

Box 28   Folder 1

Annual report, 1945

Box 28   Folder 2

Annual reports, 1946-1949

Box 28   Folder 3

Annual report, 1950

Box 28   Folder 4

Annual reports, 1951-1952

Box 28   Folder 5

Annual reports, 1955-1957

Box 29   Folder 1

Annual reports, 1958-1961

Box 29   Folder 2

Annual reports, 1962-1964

Box 29   Folder 3

Dulles report on Berlin debt discussions, June 1933

Box 29   Folder 4

Dulles report on Berlin debt discussions, December 1933

Box 29   Folder 5

Berlin debt discussions, report of Laird Bell and John F. Dulles, February 1934

Box 29   Folder 6

Berlin dept discussions, report of Laird Bell and W.W. Cumberland, June 1934

Box 29   Folder 7

Bills and receipts, Germany, 1934

Box 30   Folder 1

Correspondence, 1934

Box 30   Folder 2

Correspondence, 1934

Box 30   Folder 3

Correspondence, 1934-1937

Box 30   Folder 4

Meeting minutes, Germany, 1934

Box 30   Folder 5

Miscellaneous materials, Germany, 1934

Box 30   Folder 6

Official records, Germany, 1934

Box 31   Folder 1

Reports, Germany, 1934

Box 31   Folder 2

Meeting minutes, 1933-1935

Box 31   Folder 3

Meeting minutes, 1936

Box 31   Folder 4

Meeting minutes, 1940-1948

Box 31   Folder 5

Meeting minutes, 1960-1961

Box 31   Folder 6

Meeting minutes, 1962-1963

Box 31   Folder 7

Meeting minutes, 1964-1965

Box 31   Folder 8

Miscellaneous, 1932-1937, undated

Box 32   Folder 1

Miscellaneous, 1933-1935, undated

Box 32   Folder 2

Pamphlets, 1934

Box 32   Folder 3

Trip to Germany, financial accounts, 1934

Box 32   Folder 4

Trip to Germany, data, 1933-1934

Box 32   Folder 5

Incoming cables, Germany, April-June, 1934

Box 32   Folder 6

Trip to Germany, notes, 1934

Box 32   Folder 7

Outgoing cables, Germany, April-June, 1934

Box 32   Folder 8

Trip to Germany, reports, 1934

Series VIII: Oversize

Box 33   Folder 1

Press clippings on Marshall Plan and European recovery, 1945-1948

Box 33   Folder 2

Press clippings and miscellaneous documents on war debts, 1935-1936

Box 34

Scrapbook of press clippings related to Foreign Bondholders Protective Council