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Preliminary Guide to the Slavery Era Insurance Documents
Wyles Mss 97  
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Description
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 their slaves.
Background
In August 2000 the California legislature found that "Insurance polices from the slavery era had 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). Governor Davis signed the bill (SB2199) in to law, September 2000. This legislation had been introduced by then Senator Tom Hayden in May 2000. The statute took effect January 1, 2001. California Code Regulations, Title 10, Sections 2293-2398 implement the statute.
Extent
0.9 linear feet (3 oversize boxes).
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
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