Aaron Rabinowitz/Fred F. French Collection,1938-2004.

Collection Number: 4264

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Aaron Rabinowitz/Fred F. French collection, 1938-2004.
Collection Number:
4264
Creator:
Aaron Rabinowitz, 1884-1973.
Quantity:
1 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Records, correspondence, clippings, photographs, papers.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Correspondence and real estate records relating to the sale of property at 250 Church Street, 42 Broadway and the "White Block" in New York City.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Real estate developer.
In 1903, he founded a real estate business in New York City, served on the New York State Board of Housing since 1926, become condemnation commissioner for the Port of New York Authority in 1932, was appointed as advisor to the New York State Insurance Commissioner, and served as trustee for bonds issued by the New York Title and Mortgage Company from 1935 to 1953. In 1937, he became chairman of the Fred F. French Investing Company, which owned business and residential properties in New York City.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Real estate records relating to the sale of property at 250 Church Street, 42 Broadway and the "White Block" in New York City, including correspondence, clippings, photographs, legal papers, and financial papers, 1948-1959. Also, publications and miscellany relating to the Insurance Advisory Board, 1938-1939. Annual financial reports of the Fred F. French Investing Company, Inc., 1928-1980. Writings on Aaron Rabinowitz and Fred F. French, including two centennial biographies by Alan Rabinowitz; a 1942 Bishop's Service confidential report on the Fred F. French Investing Co.; and "So Long Avalon - or - Farewell F-1," a report by Stephen Thompson abou the wind-up in 1952 of the F-1 Series Trust. Source documents on Aaron Rabinowitz's activities, 1884-1973 including a "Background Note" by Alan Rabinowitz, 2004; documents relating the the induction of Lillian D. Wald's induction into the Hall of Fame for Great Americans at NYU; a set of the "Spear and Company Bulletin: A Journal for Realty Owners," 1913-1914. Source documents on Fred F. French and his activities include a "Financial History, 1928-1980 of the Fred F. French Investing Company," compiled by Alan Rabinowitz, 1989; copies of all of the annual financial reports of the FFF Investing Co.; a microfilm of important documents relating to various law suits by disaffected stockholders; and a copy of the 11th edition of "The French Plan," 1929; as well as a variety of articles about Fred F. French and his various enterprises. Also materials about Tudor City and other Fred F. French Companies properties including "Tudor City Historic District" Landmarks Preservation Commission report; "Financial History of Tudor City, New York, 1930-1968," by Alan Rabinowitz, 1988; final opinion by the Court of Appeals on a rezoning law suit; and miscellaneous materials about other properties.
Also, "The Life and Times of Aaron Rabinowitz," by Susan Rabinowitz Malloy, published in 2004 by the American Jewish Archives.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Rabinowitz, Aaron, 1884-1973.
Levy, Samuel.
Noyes, Charles F.
Rifkind, Simon R.
Rosenblatt, Samson.
Cardiff Corporation.
Fred F. French Investing Company.
New York (State). Insurance Advisory Board.

Subjects:
Real property, Exchange of--New York (State)--New York.
Real estate business--New York (State)--New York.
Real estate development--New York (State)--New York.
Corporations--Real estate investments.
Real estate developers.

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Aaron Rabinowitz/Fred F. French Collection, #4264. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1-2
Insurance Advisory Board
1938-1939
Box 1 Folder 3
Insurance Advisory Board Publication
1938-1939
Box 1 Folder 4
Insurance Advisory Board - Lewis H. Pink Publications
1937-1938
Box 1 Folder 5-7
250 Church Special File
1952-1953
Correspondence discussing possible "Sale of the Property," which took place between Nov. 1952 and 1953
Box 1 Folder 8-9
250 Church St.
Construction Progress; Leasing Problems; Mortgage Consideration
Correspondence between Charles F. Noyes, Samuel Levy, Aaron Rabinowitz, Samson Rosenblatt
Box 1 Folder 10-11
250 Church St. Realty Inc.
1948-1949
Box 1 Folder 12
250 Church St. - Clippings, Photographs, etc.
Box 1 Folder 13-17
250 Church St.
Organizational Correspondence; Purchase of Property at Auction; Agreement between The Group; Closing Statements; Formation of the New Corporation; Letters re contributions to the venture; Dissolution of Corporation; 1949 Special Tax Correspondence; 1949 Dr. Dublin National Health Council; 1949 State Insurance Fund
Box 1 Folder 18-22
250 Church St.
1950-1952
Box 1 Folder 23-24
The White Block - Clippings, Photographs, Maps, etc.
Box 1 Folder 25-29
The "White Block" Hospital Properties
Box 1 Folder 30-33
Broadway - Organizational Correspondence
Organizational Correspondence; Purchase of the Property; Agreements between The Group; Closing Statements
Box 1 Folder 34
42 Broadway - Clippings, Press Releases, Photographs, etc.
Box 1 Folder 35
Correspondence, A.R. with Fred F. French Investing Co., re 250 Church St., The White Block, 42 Broadway
Box 1 Folder 36
Correspondence, A.R. with the Cardiff Corporation, re 250 Church St., The White Block, 42 Broadway
Box 1 Folder 37-38
250 Church St. - Regular Routine Correspondence
1953, 1955, 1959
Box 1 Folder 39
Correspondence, A.R. with Judge Simon R. Rifkind, re 250 Church St., The White Block, 42 Broadway
Box 1 Folder 40
A Last Word on Aaron Rabinowitz
Box 1 Folder 41
Financial History of Tudor City
Box 1 Folder 42
The Life and Times of Aaron Rabinowitz
Box 1 Folder 43
Fred F. French Investing Company, Inc.: Financial Reports (copies)
1928-1946
Box 1 Folder 44
Fred F. French Investing Company, Inc.: Financial Reports (copies)
1947-1961
Box 1 Folder 45
Fred F. French Investing Company, Inc.: Financial Reports (copies)
1962-1968
Box 1 Folder 46
Fred F. French Investing Company, Inc.: Financial Reports (copies)
1969-1975
Box 1 Folder 47
Fred F. French Investing Company, Inc.: Financial Reports (copies)
1976-1980