Scope and Content
Title: Case (Leland D.) Small Business Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1941-1955
Collection number: Mss180
Leland Davidson Case
Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Case (Leland D.) Small Business Collection, Mss180,
Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
Leland D. Case was a journalist and editor of Rotarian Magazine (1930-1950) and Together
Magazine (1956-63). He was also an amateur historian, founder of Westerners International
and Director of the Pacific Center for Western Studies at the University of the Pacific
Case collected these papers, some of which may be records of the Household Finance Corp,
Tucson, Arizona. A memorandum mentions the firm of Moore, Case, Lyman and Hubbard (May
25, 1948) and it may be Mr. Case had a role in the insurance busines and/or on small
business and insurance boards. The primary focus of one part of the collection is the
development of laws and regulations regarding the small loan business, especially in
regards to credit life insurance. Some businesses making personal loans for property
required as a condition of the loan that the borrower purchase life insurance. Some loan
companies worked on commission with insurance companies and it was charged that such
practices were a subterfuge on the part of the lending agencies to collect usurious
interest rates from the borrower. A second focus of the collection is a small
businessmen's protest against tax increaes presented at Hearings before the U.S. House of
Representatives Ways and Means Committee (March 1951).
Scope and Content
The collection contains documents describing the laws of various states regarding credit
life insurance and decisions in court cases regarding this practice. There are also
articles from law reviews and newspapers regarding the small loan business as well as
correspondence, testimony, court decisions, printed pamphlets, articles, and newspaper
clippings pertaining to Hearings before the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee on a tax
increase (March 1951). Many items labelled with letters or numbers suggest their use as
documents presented for a hearing or report.