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Schloss Family Business Papers, 1957-2003

Summary Information


The collection consists of business and financial reports, portfolio statements, correspondence, articles, and legal documents created by or maintained by Walter Schloss in the course of his business career. In particular there is correspondence with Warren Buffet and articles written by and about Benjamin Graham.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1852
Bib ID 12851449 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Schloss, Walter J
Title Schloss Family Business Papers, 1957-2003
Physical Description 3.55 linear feet (8 document boxes, 1 other box)
Language(s) English .

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Organized into 1 series.



This collection documents business and legal activities of Walter Schloss and his company from the late 1950s through the early 2000s. It also contains lectures and writings by and about his mentor, Benjamin Graham and personal correspondence with his friend Warren Buffett.

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Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Schloss Family Business Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


No additions are expected

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed by Molly Boord (GS 2021) Fall 2017.

Finding aid written by Jocelyn Wilk October 2017.

Revision Description

2017-11-04 File created.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Walter Schloss was a direct student of Benjamin Graham, and is one of the "Super Investors" mentioned by Warren Buffett in his famous essay, The Super Investors of Graham-And-Doddsville. Schloss was born in 1916 and passed away in 2012 at the age of 95. Schloss never went to college and at 18 years old, he worked as a runner for on Wall Street at Carl M. Loeb & Co. One day, a partner of the company, Armand Erpf, recommended that Schloss read "Security Analysis" by Graham and David Dodd, which had been published a year earlier. The firm then paid for Schloss to take two courses with Graham.

Schloss eventually went to work for the Graham-Newton Partnership and in 1955 Schloss launched his own value fund. Schloss stopped actively managing other people's money in 2003. He then became a treasurer for the Freedom House, a non-profit group devoted to furthering democracy and human rights. From 1955 to 2002, by Schloss' estimate, his investments returned 16% per annum on average after fees, compared with 10% for the S&P 500 over the period.

Upon Schloss' death, Buffett, who was a close friend for more than 60 years released the following statement: "He had an extraordinary investment record, but even more important, he set an example for integrity in investment management. Walter never made a dime off of his investors unless they themselves made significant money. He charged no fixed fee at all and merely shared in their profits. His fiduciary sense was every bit the equal of his investment skills.".

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Series I: Schloss Family Business Papers

Box 1 Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1957

This series contains the legal documents, financial reports, correspondence files and other materials created by or maintained by Walter Schloss in the course of his business career.

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1957

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1958

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1963

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1969

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1970

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1971

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1972

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1973

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1974

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1975

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1976

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1977

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1979

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1980

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1981

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1982

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1983

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1985

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1996

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1997

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1998

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 1999

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 2000

Schloss Portfolio Statement, 2001

Box 2 Auditors' Reports, 1960s-2000s, (5 folders)

Company and Market Reports, 1940s-2000s

Box 3 Outstanding Investor Digest, 1980s-2000s

Articles about Schloss, 1970s-2000s

Articles by Schloss, 1940s-1990s

Articles about Benjamin Graham, 1950s-2000s

Copies of Articles about Benjamin Graham

Box 4 Articles by Benjamin Graham, 1940s-1990s

Articles by Benjamin Graham, 1940s-2000s

Lectures by Benjamin Graham,1946-1947, undated

Schloss Research, 2005

Schloss Correspondence with Benjamin Graham, 1950s-1970s

Warren Buffet Papers, 1950s-2000s

Box 5 Schloss and B&O Railroad Lawsuit, 1987-1990

Schloss and B&O Railroad Lawsuit, 1987-1990

Schloss vs. C&O Railway Lawsuit, 1987

Hudson Pulp, 1970s

Walter Schloss Correspondence

Walter Schloss Correspondence, Columbia Business School,1959 1973 2000s, 1973, 2000s

Box 6 Penn Central Railroad Dispute, 1960s-1970s

Graham-Newman Letters to Stockholders, 1946-1958, (3 folders)

Graham-Newman Results, 1945 1950 1955, 1945, 1950, 1955

Graham-Newman Letters to Stockholders regarding specific companies,, 1930s-1950s

Graham-Newman Notices of Stockholder Meetings, 1950s

Schloss at Graham-Newman, 1946 & 1950s, 1946, 1950s

Graham Newman Cumulative Results by Schloss for, 1936-1950

Graham-Newman Prospectuses, 1940s

Box 7 Partnership Reports, 1955-1973, (5 folders)

Box 8 Partnership Reports, 1974-2003, (6 folders)

Box 9 Schloss Partnership Agreements, 1955-1992, (2 folders)

Schloss Personal Returns, 1979-1990s

Schloss Cumulative Results, 1950s-2000s