This digital collection comprises selected materials from the following archival collection at David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library:
North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company Archives 1850, 1888-2000s, bulk 1920-2008
Collection #RL.00936 | 230 Linear Feet; 0.1 Gigabytes
The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company was founded in Durham, N.C. in 1897, and closed its doors in 2022. Its archives document the company's founding and development, and contribute to the historic record on African American businesses and entrepreneurship in the South and in the United States. Dating from 1850 to 2008, the material covers nearly every aspect of N.C. Mutual's operations, management, and milestones. Records include: papers from the offices of company presidents and divisions such as the medical office; correspondence and memos; reports and surveys; original life insurance policies; legal and financial papers; training material; programming and community outreach files; print materials, including all company publications; many ephemera and artifacts; and thousands of historical photographs of staff and their families, offices, buildings, and Durham scenes. Significant people represented in the archives include founders John Merrick and Aaron Moore; and presidents Bert Collins, Joseph Goodloe, William Kennedy Jr., William Kennedy, III, Charles C. Spaulding, Asa T. Spaulding, and James H. Speed. Over one hundred digitized photographs and some documents are available online. Acquired and curated jointly by the North Carolina Central University's University Archives, Records and History Center and the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture at Duke University.
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