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Afro-American Life Insurance Company Collection

 Collection — Container: M08-2
Identifier: M08-2

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of printed materials which provide an overview of the Company's business history and activities in the early to mid-twentieth century. Holdings include two issues of the in-house publication, "Pilot" (1962, 1964), and the Fiftieth Anniversary booklet, "Golden Anniversary, 1901-1951, Afro-American Life Insurance Co." A supplement to the newspaper, "The Pittsburgh Courier" (May 12, 1956), features the Company's new building in 1956. Numerous images of company employees and administrators are shown in this 24 page supplement, as well as advertisements from other companies congratulating the Afro-American on the occasion of the opening of the new building.

Dates

  • Created: 1951-1965
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/00/2008

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. For additional information and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact 904-620-1533 or email lib-special@unf.edu

Biographical or Historical Information

The Afro-American Life Insurance Company was an historic Jacksonville, Florida, business founded in 1901 by Abraham Lincoln Lewis, Rev. E. J. Gregg, Rev. J. Milton Waldron, and others. Initially called the Afro-American Industrial and Benefit Association, the new business was granted a charter by the State of Florida on March 1, 1901. During the early twentieth century, it served as the leading financial center of the African American community in Jacksonville, which was reflected in the Company's name change in 1918 to the Afro-American Industrial Insurance Company. Later re-named the Afro-American Life Insurance Company, it became part of the rich cultural fabric of African American life in Jacksonville and routinely sponsored charitable and educational activities. With strong competition from other insurance companies in the mid-1900's, it began a gradual decline and closed in 1990.

Note written by

Extent

4.00 folders

Abstract

The collection consists of printed materials which provide an overview of the Company's business history and activities in the early to mid-twentieth century. Holdings include two issues of the in-house publication, "Pilot" (1962, 1964), and the Fiftieth Anniversary booklet, "Golden Anniversary, 1901-1951, Afro-American Life Insurance Co." A supplement to the newspaper, "The Pittsburgh Courier" (May 12, 1956), features the Company's new building in 1956. Numerous images of company employees and administrators are shown in this 24 page supplement, as well as advertisements from other companies congratulating the Afro-American on the occasion of the opening of the new building.

Arrangement Note

Chronological.

Source of Acquisition

The materials were donated to the Library by Kha M. Thomas, 2008

Method of Acquisition

The materials were acquired by UNF Library Special Collections and University Archives on 02/00/2008.

Related Materials

The Eartha M. M. White Collection at the Carpenter Library includes a number of publications relating to the Company: programs of events and activities, newsclippings, photographs, cards, receipt books, booklets, postcard. Electronic versions of some publications are available on the World Wide Web as part of the Florida Heritage Collection: Directory: 1901-1941, fortieth anniversary, Afro-American Life Insurance Co., Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville, Fla.: Afro-American Life Insurance Co., [1941?] Calendar: Afro-American Industrial Insurance Co., Jacksonville, Florida, 1916. Information about related materials is available at http://palmm.fcla.edu/fh/
Title
Afro-American Life Insurance Company Collection
Author
Collection Description/Finding Aid prepared by Eileen D. Brady.
Date
00/00/2008
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

Part of the UNF Library Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville FL 32224 US
904-620-1533