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Finding Aid for the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co. Records, 1866-1985, bulk 1925-1985
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co. Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1866-1985, bulk 1925-1985
    Collection number: 1434
    Creator: Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co.
    Extent: 49 boxes (24.5 linear ft.) 3 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: The Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company was founded in 1925 in Los Angeles by former Texas insurance agent William Nickerson Junior and two partners. The company specialized in selling insurance to a lower income market often ignored by major insurers. The collection consists of correspondence, documents, financial records, clippings, magazines, photographs, slides, company records, employee biographies, reports, reel-to-reel tapes, and memorabilia relating to the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company of Los Angeles.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    This collection is currently closed for reprocessing until September 2014. Please inquire at the Library Special Collections Reference Desk for further information.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Ivan J. Houston, 1986.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co. records (Collection 1434). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biography/History

    The Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company was founded in 1925 on Central Avenue in Los Angeles by former Texas insurance agent William Nickerson Junior and two partners; in 1945, Norman O. Houston succeeded Nickerson as company president, continuing the specialization of selling insurance to a lower income market often ignored by major insurers; three years after Ivan J. Houston became company chairman in 1980, Golden State handled $4 .3 billion worth of insurance, employed 196 salaried workers, and owned a five-story headquarters building on Western Avenue and Adams Boulevard, with several branch offices across the country.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, documents, financial records, clippings, magazines, photographs, slides, company records, employee biographies, reports, reel-to-reel tapes, and memorabilia relating to the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company of Los Angeles. The collection also contains files reflecting the company's ongoing interest in Afro-American issues, such as the Negro Business League, sickle cell anemia, Negro Churches, and Watts Summer Festival. Includes some materials before the company's founding in 1925: a copy of an 1866 photograph, a Book of Common Prayer (1890s), and American Mutual letters (1915).

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 1470592 

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co.--Archives.
    African American business enterprises--California--Los Angeles-- Archival resources.
    Insurance companies--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Online resources--local.