Finding Aid for the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co. Records, 1866-1985, bulk 1925-1985

Processed by Manuscripts Division staff; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé
UCLA Library Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 2002
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid for the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co. records, 1866-1985, bulk 1925-1985

Collection number: 1434

UCLA Library Special Collections



Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information

  • UCLA Library Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
Processed by:
Manuscripts Division staff
Encoded by:
Caroline Cubé
Online finding aid edited by:
Josh Fiala, January 2002
© 2002 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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.


Container List

 

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