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Records of the Special Committee on Black Tom Island Disaster, 1916-1969

The Black Tom Island explosion occurred off the coast of New Jersey on July 30, 1916. Soon after, a group of insurance companies organized the Special Committee on Black Tom Island Disaster to make sabotage claims against Germany. The case was heard by the German-American Mixed Claims Commission and Germany was originally found not liable, but after a rehearing in 1939, several Germans were found responsible for the explosion. The result was a settlement of $50 million to be paid out to a group of 72 insurance companies. This collection includes newspaper clippings, Committee meeting minutes, correspondence, briefs on the hearings, damage reports, auditors’ reports, account books, bank statements, and additional records from 1916 to 1969.

Finding Aid for Records of the Special Committee on Black Tom Island Disaster (PDF)Records of the Special Committee on Black Tom Island Disaster

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)