Insurance Company Prospectuses were discovered during our initial survey of the 180 file drawers of historic records and documents in the Davis Library. These prospectuses represent the state of insurance in the United States, England, Ireland, Barbados, and Australia during the mid 19th century. The company prospectuses detail how the companies were formed, the value of the firms (shares on the market) and some contain their by-laws. They were printed in a pocket size format. Each has a cover that is intricately designed with the insignia of the insurance company, extensive calligraphy and intricate line drawings.
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