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Vlachos & Company Fire Insurance Inspectors Collection, 1926-1978

C.A. Vlachos Photograph

C. A. Vlachos, Insurance Advocate, November 18, 1933

Finding Aid (PDF)

Vlachos & Company, Fire Insurance Inspectors, was established on June 1, 1926 by C.A. Vlachos in Brooklyn, New York. While the company specialized mainly in underwriting fire hazards, it grew to incorporate marine and shipyard reporting in the early 1940s. C.A. Vlachos’ legacy includes his work “Normal Loss Expectancy”, written in 1935, which details typical loss expected by fire in various instances. In 1965, the organization was acquired by John W. Van Brunt, Chief Shipyard and Builders Risk Inspector for the U.S. Salvage Association. In 1975, Van Brunt continued Vlachos’ work in “Normal Loss Expectancy” when he included additions to the original work. Materials include a scrapbook about the early company history, letters to subscribers, newspaper clippings and magazine articles, and two typewritten manuscripts.

Records of the Insurance Women of New York, and the National Association of Insurance Women, 1934-1992

The Insurance Women of New York (IWNY) was formed in 1934. It was one of the first insurance women’s organizations. In 1984, the organization was renamed National Association of Insurance Women – New York City. This collection is comprised of records from the IWNY including newsletters, meeting minutes, reports, flyers, mailings, and memorabilia.

Finding Aid for the Records of the Insurance Women of New York (PDF)

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Nathan E. Preston Insurance Agency Policy Registers, 1945-1960

Nathan E. Preston (1889-1962) operated his own insurance agency beginning in the late 1920’s, working for several insurance companies. He sold insurance from his office at the Commercial National Bank Building in Saint Joseph, Michigan for over thirty years. This collection of seven policy registers contains a record of insurance policies sold by Preston’s insurance agency between 1945 and 1960.

Finding Aid (PDF)


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

Unusual Types of Insurance, 1922-1994

Unusual Types of Insurance is a collection of five scrapbooks containing clippings from the 1920’s through the 1950’s about unusual types of insurance coverage. In addition, there are loose newspaper and magazine clippings ranging from the 1920’s through the 1990’s, organized chronologically. The original title of these materials was “Freak Insurance.”

Finding Aid for Unusual Types of Insurance (PDF)

Scrapbook of the Great Baltimore Fire, Grover Shoe Factory Disaster, and Friedlander Leather Remnants Factory Fire, 1904-1910

This 38 page scrapbook is divided into three sections, one for each of the three disasters that occurred between 1904 and 1910; The Great Baltimore Fire, The Grover Shoe Factory Disaster, and The Friedlander Leather Remnants Factory Fire. Each section contains newspaper clippings and photographs from magazine pages detailing these tragedies, including the causes, lives lost and people injured, damage to property and relief efforts, as well as claims made after the disasters to competing insurance companies.

Finding Aid (PDF)

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