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Finding Aid for the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co. Records, 1866-1985, bulk 1925-1985
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Description
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.
Background
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.
Extent
49 boxes (24.5 linear ft.) 3 oversize boxes
Restrictions
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.
Availability
This collection is currently closed for reprocessing until September 2014. Please inquire at the Library Special Collections Reference Desk for further information.