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In the National Bankruptcy Archives: the General Motors Bankruptcy Files

October 23, 2013

Written by Will Chim, Special Collections & Archives Assistant

In 2009, automaker General Motors filed for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. A major political and news event, this bankruptcy filing was the fourth-largest in US history

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The case took place from June through July 2009 and was presided over by Judge Robert E. GerberJudge Gerber himself provided the material to the University of Pennsylvania’s Biddle Law Library and National Bankruptcy Archives. Judge Gerber hand-picked the transcripts based on matters he felt were most important to the case and included some of his own brief notes. The collection includes selected motions filed throughout June 2009 and complete text and audio transcripts of the first three days of hearings, from June 30, 2009 through July 2, 2009. 


The collection is now open to the research community. If you are interested in learning more about this collection, check out the finding aid here. Contact Biddle Archives for more information, or stop by the Archives in the library!