Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Insull mss., 1934, are the records of Burton Yost Berry, 1901-1985, U.S. diplomat, of his assignment to receive Samuel Insull, 1859-1938, utility executive, from the Turkish government and return him to Chicago to stand trial on charges of transfer of property in contemplation of bankruptcy in violation of the bankruptcy laws of the United States (5 offenses); fraud by an officer or director of a corporation (5 offenses); and using the mails for obtaining money and property by means of false and fraudulent pretenses.

Included are the warrant, April 10, 1934, signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Cordell Hull empowering Berry and W. Habel, master of the S.S. Exilona, to receive Insull in Turkey, transport him to the United States, and turn him over to the proper authorities; the certification of the warrant by Robert Peet Skinner, ambassador to Turkey; correspondence in regard to the extradition; Berry's "Confidential memorandum of the trip from Istanbul to Chicago, April 12 to May 8, 1934;" and a carbon of Berry's "Mr. Samuel Insull," an account of his conversations with Berry aboard the S.S. Exilona, and during the ensuing trip to Chicago.

The entire collection is bound in one volume.

Collection size: 47 items

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