Arthur Kaindl papers
MSKain68

 An inventory of its records at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Kaindl, Arthur M.
Title
Arthur Kaindl papers
ID
MSKain68
Date [inclusive]
1926-1962
Extent
6.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
The Arthur Kaindl Papers primarily reflect Kaindl's political and professional activities between the years of 1926 and 1962. Documents in this collection demonstrate Kaindl's involvement with Chicago-area engineering projects and contain information about Kaindl's political career. This collection is divided into 5 series: Political Activities, State of Illinois Highway Commission, Other Publications on Illinois Highways, City of Chicago and Engineering Material. Within each series, folders are organized chronologically.

Preferred Citation

Arthur Kaindl papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biography of Arthur Kaindl

Arthur M. Kaindl was both an Illinois State Representative and a civil engineer. In 1920, Kaindl received a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Lewis Institute in Chicago. His first job was with Ajax Forge company, though he took a two year leave of absence from this job in order to serve overseas as a Commissioned Officer in World War I. In 1924, Kaindl began working for the City of Chicago's Board of Local Improvements and Bridge Department and, in the following year, married Marguerite Farley. He remained employed by the City of Chicago for twenty-seven years; during this time he designed railroad track layouts, steel structures, concrete walls and pumping stations. He also did cost analysis and helped resolve railway traffic problems. In 1951, Kaindl left this job and began designing equipment and track layouts for A. J. Boynton and Co. He continued to do engineering work for a series of private industries until his retirement in 1958.

Kaindl's career, however, did not only involve engineering but politics as well. In 1932, Kaindl became a member of the Illinois General Assembly and remained in this position for twenty-six years. As both a Democrat and Chairman of the House Roads and Bridge Committee, he strongly favored legislation that would allocate government funds to the construction of adequate highway systems. He also supported the Gas Tax Bill, which was up for debate in 1950. As with his career in engineering, Kaindl retired from the government 1958.

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Scope and Contents

The Arthur Kaindl Papers primarily reflect Kaindl's political and professional activities between the years of 1926 and 1962. Documents in this collection demonstrate Kaindl's involvement with Chicago-area engineering projects and contain information about Kaindl's political career. This collection is divided into 5 series: Political Activities, State of Illinois Highway Commission, Other Publications on Illinois Highways, City of Chicago and Engineering Material. Within each series, folders are organized chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2004-08-19

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Kaindl, Arthur M. -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • Civil engineers -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.
  • Highway engineering -- Illinois.
  • Legislators -- Illinois -- Biography.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Political Activities 

This series contains documents and materials related to Kaindl's twenty-six years as an Illinois State Representative. They reflect projects he was involved with, bills he supported, and correspondence he had with other members of government. 

Box Folder

Photographs, undated 

1 1

Legislative Voters League of Illinois - reports and bulletins, 1932-1942 

1 2

Correspondence regarding University of Illinois scholarships, 1936-1947 

1 3

Newspaper clippings and correspondence, 1936-1951 

1 4

General Housing Bill - data, newspaper clippings, correspondence, 1937-1953 

1 5

Legislative manual and handbooks, license plates, 1947-1948 

1 6

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Series II: State of Illinois Highway Commission 

This series reflects Kaindl's involvement with the State of Illinois Highway Commission. It contains data, correspondence and reports. 

Box Folder

Charts, magazine and newspaper clippings, correspondence, 1941-1962 

2 7

Charts, reports, newspaper clippings, correspondence, 1943-1946 

2 8

Rules and regulations, bulletins, funding information, 1947 

2 9

Service bulletins, reports, notes, newspaper clippings, correspondence, 

2 10

Charts, magazine and newspaper clippings, correspondence, 1947-1954 

3 11

Report, financial information, 1948 

3 12

Reports, 1951 

3 13

Report, 1951 

3 14

Reports, 1953 

3 15

Service Bulletin, Senate Bill No. 804, roster, correspondence, 1960-1961 

3 16

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Series III: Other Publications on Illinois Highways 

This series contains reports and publications that reflect projects that, though not directly related to the State of Illinois Highway Commission, also deal with the Illinois highway system. 

Box Folder

Publications on the greater Chicago traffic area, 1932-1933 

4 17

Miscellaneous publications on highways, 1942-1948 

4 18

Magazine clippings on highways, 1944-1948 

4 19

Miscellaneous publications on highways, 1948-1949 

4 20

Proposed Improvement Program for the Illinois Highway System, 1958-1959 

4 21

Proposed Improvement Program for the Illinois Highway System, 1960-1962 

4 22

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Series IV: City of Chicago 

This series includes publications and reports that reflect general issues of city planning within Chicago. 

Box Folder

The Straightening of the Chicago River, 1926 

5 23

Miscellaneous publications, 1940-1945 

5 24

Information on land surveyors, Chicago subways and flood situations, 

5 25

Chicago's Report to the People, New Horizons, 1947-1959 

5 26

Police and Public: A Critique and a Program, 1967 

5 27

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Series V: Engineering Material 

This series contains notes, clippings and other information pertaining to engineering issues. 

Box Folder

Data on structural engineering, undated 

6 28

Clippings from engineering magazines, 1943-1958 

6 29

Journal of the Western Society of Engineers, 1944 

6 30

Data on professional engineering, 1947-1965 

6 31

Illinois Highway Engineer, 1957 

6 32

Western and Illinois Society of Engineers - Directories, 1957-1960 

6 33
Oversize

4 photographs, 1935 

Folder 34 (Photos)

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