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New York State Joint Legislative Committee on Housing Evidence and Exhibits File

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series contains materials used in investigating the high cost of housing. Records include account and ledger books, correspondence, minute books, and profit/loss analysis reports of insurance companies, banks, trade unions, construction companies, and other organizations involved in the housing industry. Topics include banks' mortgage financing, insurance companies' investments in housing, and trade unions' contract bidding practices.
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15 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1919-1922
Series Number:
L0187

Arrangement

Arranged by topic.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains materials gathered by the committee, known as the "Lockwood Committee" for chairman Charles C. Lockwood, in its investigation to determine the causes of the high cost of housing. It contains account and ledger books, correspondence, minute books, and profit/cost analysis reports of insurance companies, banks, trade unions, construction companies, and other organizations involved in the housing industry. The committee examined these groups to determine if collusion of any kind was artificially raising housing costs.

The items document a wide range of housing construction activity: banks' mortgage financing, insurance companies' investments in housing, and trade unions' contract bidding practices. The committee examined these items primarily during meetings, though some were used in the trial of Building Trades Council officers. Some items found were labelled "Material Not Useful" by the committee.

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Custodial History

This series was originally accessioned as boxes 81-111 of old collection #405, accession -216.

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