Kurz, Charles

Charles Kurz II papers, 1926–1990.
6 boxes (5.08 linear feet).
About Charles Kurz

Charles Kurz II was born in 1945. He received his BA in 1967 from Trinity College, Hartford, CT and his MBA from University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Graduate Division. He was president of Kurz-Allen Inc. and Vice President of Keystone Shipping Co. He was also Director of the International Tanker Indemnity Association and Director of the American Steamship Owners Mutual Protectuion and Indemnity Association.

Established in 1965, the non-profit, quasi-public Philadelphia Port Corporation had the power to issue municipal bonds to raise funds for port improvements. Revenue to pay the bonds’ debt service was realized primarily through leasing the agency’s port facilities to private operating companies. These private companies operated their respective port facilities on a day-to-day basis, with marketing assistance from the Philadelphia Port Corporation. Major port improvements were made in the 1960s and 1970s under the auspices of the Philadelphia Port Corporation. These included the construction of the 106-acre Packer Avenue Marine Terminal (still the Port of Philadelphia’s largest facility) and the Tioga Marine Terminal in the 1970s.

About the collection

This is a collection of papers of Charles Kurz II. Materials include: correspondence, memoranda, minutes, newspaper and magazine clippings, and background materials related to the Philadelphia Port Corporation (1984-1990); memoranda, proposals, agendas, and correspondence of the Corporation’s Real Estate Committee (1987-1988); and memoranda, minutes, and status reports of the Strategic Capacity Committee (1988). Additional reports include Strategic Business Plan for the Philadelphia Port Corporation. (1988) and a report of the Economic Development Partnership Committee on the Ports of Pennsylvania. (1988). Charles Kurz II materials include a 1969 MBA thesis entitled Oil Tanker Chartering: An Economic and Historical Analysis and materials used by Kurz in preparation for his thesis including brochures, reports and data tables (1926-1968). Other materials in the collection include: a bound volume of correspondence of the Keystone Shipping Company and the Chestnut Shipping Company with the U.S. Department of Commerce on maritime subsidy matters (1973); conference papers from the Safe Navigation Symposium (1978) and from meetings of the International Tanker Safety Conference (1975 and 1979); a Handbook on International Trade Procedures sponsored by Kurz & Allen (1989); printed materials on oil spills and collision protection for tankers; video on the environmental impact of the wreck of the tanker Braer; and several other printed volumes.

Subjects
  • Philadelphia Port Corporation
Types of material
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Minutes
  • Reports
  • Video recordings
Reference files
  • Keystone Shipping
  • Oil Refining, Shipping
  • Petroleum Industry and Trade
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