Bertram Moss papers
MSMoss72

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Moss, Bertram B., 1919-1988
Title
Bertram Moss papers
ID
MSMoss72
Date [inclusive]
1917-1959
Extent
9.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
Bertram B. Moss practiced law for over forty years at the firm of Haas, Leffmann & Moss. His clients included the Association for the Jewish Blind and the Self-Help Home for the Aged. Active in Chicago's Democratic Party, Moss served as precinct captain and later as Alderman of the 5th Ward from 1943 to 1947. The Bertram Moss Papers include correspondence, memoranda, notes, speeches, reports, photographs, certificates, programs, clippings, published articles, newsletters, flyers, brochures, pamphlets, articles of incorporation, legal documents, maps, political advertisements and campaign literature. Some U.S. Government and City of Chicago documents are also included.

Preferred Citation

Bertram Moss papers, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Biographical Sketch

Bertram B. Moss practiced law for over forty years at the firm of Haas, Leffmann & Moss. His clients included the Association for the Jewish Blind and the Self-Help Home for the Aged. Active in Chicago's Democratic Party, Moss served as precinct captain and later as Alderman of the 5th Ward from 1943 to 1947. Moss sought improvements in local infrastructure in the Hyde Park neighborhood, especially housing, and fought to improve the quality of public schools. Moss lost his reelection bid for Alderman in 1947 to the Republican candidate, Robert E. Merriam, who was then Director of the Metropolitan Housing Council. Merriam accused Moss of seeking to remove rent controls and prevent free and equal access to public housing. Notably, Moss appeared on WBKB in 1947 as part of Chicago's first paid political telecast. Bob Elson, announcer for Channel 4, conducted an unscripted interview of Alderman Moss on a set featuring a fireplace and easy chairs. Moss answered questions about temporary housing for veterans on the University of Chicago campus and the then new 55th street bus line. Bertram B. Moss was married to Hanna (nee Posner) and had two children. He died in Winnetka, Illinois, at the age of 84 in 1988.

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Scope and Contents

The Bertram Moss Papers include correspondence, memoranda, notes, speeches, reports, photographs, certificates, programs, clippings, published articles, newsletters, flyers, brochures, pamphlets, articles of incorporation, legal documents, maps, political advertisements and campaign literature. Some U.S. Government and City of Chicago documents are also included. Much of the Bertram Moss Papers consists of material related to major controversies and issues during his time in office as Alderman of the 5th Ward. Regarding schools, these papers include correspondence and other materials produced by the National Education Association, Education Committee of the City Club of Chicago, Chicago Teachers' Federation, Chicago South Side Zonta Club, Citizens Schools Committee, the Pilgrim Fellowship of Chicago and other organizations. Regarding housing in Chicago, materials from the Chicago Conference on Home Front Unity Housing Commission, Women's Joint Committee on Adequate Housing, Metropolitan Housing Council, New York City Dept. of Parks, The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Trailer Coach Manufacturers Association, Veterans Housing Conference, the Equitable Life Insurance Society of the United States, and the Chicago Association of Commerce among others are included. The Bertram B. Moss Papers have been divided into three series: I. General, II. Sequential Files, and III. Campaign Material.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives March 2005

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

Acquisition Information

Bertram Moss donated these papers to the University of Illinois at Chicago during the 1970s.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Moss, Bertram B., 1919-1988 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • City council members -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Biography.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: General 

Scope and Content: The General Series includes correspondence, memoranda, notes, speeches, reports, photographs, certificates, programs, clippings, published articles, newsletters, flyers, brochures, pamphlets, articles of incorporation, legal documents, maps, political advertisements and campaign literature, and government documents. 

Box Folder

Contents of scrapbook - Correspondence, clippings, photographs, certificates, programs, flyers, brochures, political campaign literature, 1917 - 1956 

1 1

Social Security and Victory Tax - Forms, brochures, notes, 1943 - 1944 

1 2

Clippings, photographs, 1943 - 1946 

1 3

Clippings, correspondence, Chicago 5th Ward polling place list, Citizens Association of Chicago campaign information, 1943 - 1946 

1 4

Correspondence, 1943 - 1946 

1 5

Schools - Clippings, correspondence, 1943 - 1946 

1 6

Clippings, 1943 - 1946 

1 7

Clippings, correspondence, notes, photographs, pamphlets, political campaign literature, business cards, 1943 - 1946 

2 8

Speeches, clippings, programs, notes, 1943 - 1946 

2 9

Flyers, brochures, campaign literature, clippings, correspondence, Chicago City Council rules of order, 1943 - 1947 

2 10

Correspondence, clippings, policy statements, excerpts from the Journal of Proceedings of the Chicago City Council, 1943 - 1947 

2 11

Clippings, 1944 - 1945 

2 12

Brochures, pamphlets, flyers, programs, clippings, speech, photographs, 1945 

2 13

New York City Dept. of Parks, Inspection Trip Dec. 4, 1945 packet containing photographs, maps, 1945 

2 14

New York City Dept. of Parks, Inspection Trip Dec. 4, 1945 packet containing photographs, maps, 1945 

2 15

Taxes - Notes, correspondence, 1945 

2 16

Pump Room Brochure and menu for in flight meal on American Airlines Flagship Chicago to London, 1945 

2 17

Housing - Notes, correspondence, clippings, 1945 - 1946 

3 18

Housing - Notes, correspondence, clippings, brochures, pamphlets, National Public Housing Conference of Chicago, Inc. materials, 1945 - 1946 

3 19

Housing - Notes, correspondence, memoranda, clippings, brochures, pamphlets, programs, resolutions, 1945 - 1946 

3 20

Housing - Notes, correspondence, memoranda, clippings, reports, minutes, brochures, pamphlets, U.S. Senate bill S. 1729, 1945 - 1946 

3 21

National Education Association investigation of Chicago schools - Reports, correspondence, memoranda, clippings, published articles, speeches, notes, 1945 - 1946 

3 22

Clippings, 1945 - 1946 

3 23

Housing - Reports, memoranda, correspondence, clippings, Chicago Plan Commission publications, brochures, pamphlets, 1945 - 1946 

4 24

Hyde Park, Chicago public infrastructure - Clippings, photograph, 1945 - 1946 

4 25

Clippings, 1945 - 1947 

4 26

Photographs, correspondence, clippings, 1946 

4 27

National Education Association investigation of Chicago schools - Correspondence, 1946 

4 28

Notes, photograph, 1946 

4 29

Correspondence, 1946 

4 30

Programs, brochures, pamphlets, correspondence, notes, 1946 

4 31

Map of Chicago 5th Ward, clippings, correspondence, notes, flyers, political advertisements, photograph, 1946 

4 32

Schools - Clippings, correspondence, 1946 

4 33

Schools - Clippings, notes, correspondence, policy statements, 1946 

4 34

Schools - Correspondence, resolutions, citizen petition, 1946 

5 35

Clippings, 1946 

5 36

Articles of Incorporation of the People's Program, Inc., 1946 

5 37

Housing for veterans - Clippings, pamphlet, 1946 

5 38

Schools - Clippings, correspondence, 1946 

5 39

Clippings, excerpt from U.S. Congressional Record, issues of C.R.D.A. News, The National Jewish Monthly, Bronzeville Magazine, 1946 

5 40

Clippings, published articles, correspondence, 1946 - 1947 

5 41

Clippings, 1946 - 1947 

5 42

Speeches, notes, 1946 - 1947 

5 43

Clippings, 1946 - 1947 

5 44

Robert Merriam's Aldermanic campaign, opposition to Moss - Clippings, flyers, pamphlets, political advertisements, correspondence, 1946 - 1947 

5 45

Programs, political campaign flyers, correspondence, 1946 - 1947 

5 46

Correspondence, memoranda, speeches, 1946 - 1948 

5 47

Photographs, 1947 

5 48

Correspondence, Photostat reproductions, 1947 

5 49

Altgeld Centenary Banquet - Program, speeches, pamphlets, 1947 

5 50

Clippings, photograph, 1947 

5 51

Photographs, 1947 

6 52

Programs, invitations, flyers, transcript of "The Yulee Lecture" delivered by Mr. Justice William O. Douglas, 1947 - 1949 

6 53

Correspondence, press releases, Democratic Party of Illinois policy statements, Stevenson for Governor Committee policy statements, 1948 

6 54

Photograph, clipping, 1948 

6 55

Clipping, 1950? 

6 56

Program for Democratic National Committee Midwestern States dinner, 19, 1951 

6 57

Correspondence, clipping, 1952 

6 58

Correspondence, clippings, press releases, transcript of speech by Adlai E. Stevenson, 1952 - 1953 

6 59

Photographs, 1953 

6 60

Photograph, award certificate, 1954 - 1959 

6 61

Photographs, undated 

6 62

Photographs, undated 

6 63

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Series II. Sequential Files 

Scope and Content: The Sequential Files Series consists of clippings, programs, photographs, correspondence, ribbons, tickets, badges, bulletins, brochures, issues of the Scroll, and commemorative material from American Airlines. Theses files are maintained in the original order as received with all contents transferred to acid-free paper folders. 

Box Folder

January 1944 - Clippings, notes, 1944 

6 64

February 1944 - Programs, clippings, photograph, 1944 

6 65

March 1944 - Clippings, pamphlets, flyers, ribbon, correspondence, 1944 

6 66

April 1944 - Clippings, 1944 

6 67

May 1944 - Clippings, 1944 

6 68

June 1944 - Clippings, issues of The Scroll published by Temple Isaiah Israel, Isaiah Israel School high school graduation program, correspondence, 1944 

6 69

July 1944 - Clippings, correspondence, photographs, Democratic National Convention badges, tickets, and auto pass, 1944 

6 70

August 1944 - Clippings, 1944 

7 71

September 1944 - Clippings, 1944 

7 72

October 1944 - Clippings, tickets, 1944 

7 73

November 1944 - Clippings, matchbook cover, program, 1944 

7 74

December 1944 - Clippings, correspondence, 1944 

7 75

January 1945 - Clippings, correspondence, ribbon, programs, 1945 

7 76

February 1945 - Clippings, 1945 

7 77

March 1945 - Clippings, 1945 

7 78

April 1945 - Clippings, 1945 

7 79

May 1945 - Clippings, programs, tickets, 1945 

7 80

June 1945 - Clippings, 1945 

7 81

July 1945 - Clippings, Citizens' Association of Chicago newsletter, programs, 1945 

7 82

August 1945 - Correspondence, clippings, 1945 

7 83

September 1945 - Clippings, correspondence, dinner invitation, 1945 

7 84

October 1945 - Clippings, correspondence, 1945 

7 85

November 1945 - Clippings, Chicago Housing Authority news bulletin, ribbon, American Airlines inaugural flight brochure, 1945 

7 86

December 1945 - Clippings, 1945 

7 87

January 1946 - Clippings, 1946 

7 88

February 1946 - B'Nai B'Rith South Side Lodge and Auxiliary Tenth Anniversary program, 1946 

7 89

March 1946 - Clippings, correspondence, 1946 

7 90

April 1946 - Clippings, programs, correspondence, 1946 

7 91

May 1946 - Clippings, 1946 

7 92

June 1946 - Clippings, 1946 

7 93

July 1946 - Clippings, pamphlet, 1946 

7 94

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Series III: Campaign Material 

Scope and Content: The Campaign Material Series consists of clippings, correspondence, notes, photographs, flyers, an excerpt from the Chicago City Council record, and a Lions Club bulletin. Theses files are maintained in the original order as received with all contents transferred to acid-free paper folders. 

Box Folder

January 1944 - Clippings, photograph, 1944 

8 95

February 1944 - Clippings, 1944 

8 96

March 1944 - Clipping, 1944 

8 97

May 1944 - Clippings, correspondence, 1944 

8 98

June 1944 - Clippings, photograph Lions Club bulletin, 1944 

8 99

July 1944 - Clippings, photograph, 1944 

8 100

August 1944 - Clippings, Chicago City Council official record, 1943 - 1946 

8 101

October 1944 - Clipping, 1944 

8 102

November 1944 - Clippings, 1944 

8 103

January 1945 - Photograph, flyer, clippings, 1945 

8 104

February 1945 - Clippings, 1945 

8 105

April 1945 - Photographs, clippings, 1945 - 1946 

8 106

May 1945 - Clippings, correspondence, 1945 

8 107

June 1945 - Clippings, note, 1945 

8 108

July 1945 - Clipping, 1945 

8 109

November 1945 - Clippings, photograph, 1945 

8 110

December 1945 - Photograph, 1945 

8 111

January 1946 - Clipping, 1946 

8 112

March 1946 - Clipping, 1946 

8 113

April 1946 - Clippings, 1946 

8 114

June 1946 - Clippings, flyers, 1946 

8 115

July 1946 - Clippings, 1946 

8 116

Scrapbook - Clippings, photographs, correspondence, 1943 - 1946 

9 - Oversize Material 117
Oversize

Photographs, published articles, issues of WIN, page proofs, 1947 

Folder 118

Scrapbook - Clippings, correspondence, political advertisements, flyers, issues of Win, 1946 - 1947 

Folder 119

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