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Records of the American Academy of Insurance Medicine, 1889-current

The Records of the American Academy of Insurance Medicine currently contains 43 linear feet of records, from the organization’s founding in 1889 through 2003. Originally called the Association of Life Insurance Medical Directors of America (ALIMDA), the organization’s mission is to “advance the science and practice of Insurance Medicine”. Of particular interest to those researching the origin and development of the field of insurance medicine, the AAIM archive includes histories of the organization, correspondence, membership records, meeting records, photographs, and other administrative records. As the American Academy of Insurance Medicine remains an active organization, this archive is updated periodically. A comprehensive finding aid provides additional historical information and a full inventory.

Finding Aid for the Records of the American Academy of Insurance Medicine (PDF)

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International Congress of Actuaries Scrapbooks, 1895-1903, 1957

This collection is comprised of two scrapbooks from the International Congress of Actuaries. The first scrapbook dates from 1895-1903, and contains programs, menus, photographs, and other souvenirs of the First, Second, Third, and Fourth International Congress of Actuaries. Most invitations are addressed to Mr. Israel C. Pierson, with a few addressed to Mr. B. H. Meyer. The second scrapbook contains all of the printed materials used in connection with the Fifteenth International Congress of Actuaries in 1957, except for the four volumes of the Transactions of the Congress. Transactions of the International Congress of Actuaries for various years may be found by searching in the Davis Library’s catalog.

The International Congress of Actuaries is a conference held once every four years at different locations throughout the world by the International Actuarial Association (IAA). The IAA was founded in 1895 as the Comité Permanent des Congrès d’Actuaires.

Finding Aid (PDF)

International Congress of Actuaries membership card, 1895

Oscar B. Ireland Diary, 1872

Oscar B. Ireland (1840-1914) worked as actuary, director, and second vice-president at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company of Springfield, Massachusetts. This pocket-sized diary documents one year in his life, including notes on his personal life and actuarial career.

Finding Aid (PDF)

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Richard Bunker Singer Papers, 1939-2010

The Richard Bunker Singer Papers, donated in 2010, documents the extensive career of Richard Bunker Singer, M.D. (1914-2010) in the field of insurance medicine and his work on mortality and morbidity studies. He was an active member of the American Academy of Insurance Medicine (AAIM) for over 50 years, and published many works. Included are his autobiography entitled, “Fugitive Memories of the Life of a Number Cruncher”, correspondence, research notes, presentations, and manuscript notes for many monographs and journal articles.

Finding Aid for the Richard Bunker Singer Papers (PDF)

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The University Archives and Records Center at the University of Pennsylvania has another collection of Dr. Richard Bunker Singer’s papers, for which a finding aid is available on their website. Please contact the University of Pennsylvania directly to conduct research with their collection.