Jack Bigel Collection
Jack Bigel will always be remembered as a skillful financial and bargaining adviser to labor unions and a leader in resolving the city’s financial crisis of the mid 1970's. He had a dream of preserving the record of that crisis so that it could serve as an opportunity to learn about the working of government and the distinct roles that various institutions and sectors in the city’s economic life played in preventing the city from declaring bankruptcy. He wanted the materials he assembled over 30 years to inform future generations of students, civic leaders, government officials and career service personnel on ways to improve government.
The Jack Bigel Collection contains a wide range of published and unpublished documents that include policy papers, reports of committees, agencies and think tanks, budget analyses, bond offerings, press releases, and newspaper clippings. The key to accessing the collection is the finding aid that Jack Bigel prepared over the years the holdings were developed.