Papers, series II, 1918-1988.


Papers, series II, 1918-1988.

Typescript second draft of Blosser's "Untitled biography of the Van Sweringen brothers of Cleveland," a carbon copy of the same containing additions, comments and corrections by William H. Wenneman, William Barrett and William Wyer (all top officers and aides to the Van Sweringens), miscellaneous correspondence, notes, newspaper clippings pertaining to the biography, and a privately published biography of the Van Sweringens by Louise Davidson Jenks. The collection pertains to the lives of the Van Sweringen brothers, in particular to their business careers and especially in regards to the consolidation of their railroad holdings, with valuable information re: the Nickel Plate Railroad, the Alleghany Corp. and other Van Sweringen-controlled holding companies, as well as the Interstate Commerce Commission hearings on railroads in the 1930s.

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