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1Title:  Raymond F. Blosser Papers, Series II     
 Creator:  Blosser, Raymond F. 
 Dates:  1918-1988 
 Abstract:  Raymond F. Blosser was a staff writer/editor and, eventually, bureau chief for the Associated Press in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1935-1943. In his spare time beginning in 1938, Blosser conducted interviews and extensive research for a biography of Oris P. and Mantis J. Van Sweringen, developers of the exclusive suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio and builders of Cleveland's Union Terminal, who amassed huge holdings in railroads during the 1920s. Blosser finished his manuscript in 1946, but it remained unpublished. Blosser was public relations director for the New York Central Railroad until 1956, and vice president in charge of public relations and advertising at Union Commerce Bank in Cleveland from 1956 to 1973. The collection consists of a 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 Corporation and other Van Sweringen-controlled holding companies, as well as the Interstate Commerce Commission hearings on railroads in the 1930s. 
 Call #:  MS 4543 
 Extent:  0.40 linear feet (1 container) 
 Subjects:  Blosser, Raymond F., 1913- | Van Sweringen, Oris Paxton, 1879-1936. | Van Sweringen, Mantis James, 1881-1935. | United States. Interstate Commerce Commission. | Alleghany Corporation. | New York, Chicago, and St. Louis Railroad. | Toledo, St. Louis and Western Railroad. | Lake Erie and Western Railroad Company. | Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company. | Hocking Valley Railway Company. | Pere Marquette Railway. | Missouri Pacific Railroad Company. | Shaker Heights Rapid Transit. | Cleveland Terminals Building Company. | Terminal Tower Complex (Cleveland, Ohio) | Capitalists and financiers -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- Biography. | Railroads -- United States -- Consolidation. | Railroads -- Ohio -- Cleveland -- History. | Railroads -- United States -- Management. | Railroad terminals -- Ohio -- Cleveland. | Real estate development -- Ohio -- Shaker Heights. | Cleveland (Ohio) -- Biography.
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