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Finding Aid to the Slavery era insurance documents [circa 1847-1860], 2001-2002 SFH 670
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Photocopies of documents collected by the State of California Insurance Department in pursuance of California Code Regulations, Title 10, Sections 2293-2398, which required insurance companies to provide documentation about insurance polices from the slavery era which coverage for slaveholders for damage to or death of the enslaved.
In 2000, the California State Legislature passed SB 2199, authored by former Senator Tom Hayden and signed into law by former Governor Gray Davis. The statute is entitled "Slavery Era Insurance Policies." The Legislature found and declared that "Insurance policies from the slavery era have been discovered in the archives of several insurance companies, documenting insurance coverage for slaveholders for damage to or death of their slaves, issued by a predecessor insurance firm. These documents provide the first evidence of ill-gotten profits from slavery, which profits in part capitalized insurers whose successors remain in existence today." SB2199 Sec. 1(a).
1 legal manuscript box, 2 oversized flat boxes. (2 Cubic Feet)
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.