The Papers of Harry F. Chaddick reveal his wide-ranging interests, from his first job as a trucker to his retirement and charitable works.
Five themes illustrate his talents and life's work:
- Trucking - Starting with one truck in a wide-open and rough-and-tumble industry, he fought for sensible regulation and pioneered the 'piggy-back' of trailers on train flatcars, and the use of two-way radios in highway trucks.
- Government Service - During World War II, Harry's knowledge of transportation earned him an appointment to oversee the transport of motor vehicles to North Africa when others couldn't do it.
- Rezoning a City - Harry F. Chaddick took a senseless jumble of zoning laws in Chicago and rewrote them into a unified, comprehensive plan for a more liveable, beautiful city for people and the businesses they work in.
- Real Estate Development - Urban white elephants in Chicago and arid deserts in California were turned into useful, enjoyable and more profitable properties through Harry's vision, dreams, leadership, and determination.
- Philanthropist - Harry and wife Elaine established the Chaddick Foundation which funds innovative projects for hospitals, social agencies and universities.
(from publicity brochure for Chaddick! Success Against All Odds)
The papers in this collection pertain mostly to the shopping malls he developed, zoning laws he created and city plans he advanced. The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject matter and then chronologically within each sub-division.