I just spent a fascinating morning at the Center for Research Libraries on the University of Chicago campus. I never even knew this place existed, but it’s such a comprehensive resource that the Library of Congress comes calling when it’s stumped for material.

What brought me to the South Side was a quest for rare back issues of Local Agent — the predecessor of American Agent & Broker magazine. In recognition of our upcoming 80th anniversary, we’re compiling material from the past for a special issue we’re developing for next year. The Center was able to fill in the gap for issues from 1930 to 1947, which we don’t have at our St. Louis offices.

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