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Newark Insurance Companies Collection (1827 - 1950)
RepositoryNewark Public Library, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center
Collection IDMG Nwk Insurance Cos.
Size0.42 linear ft. (1 box)
Collection Description
The bulk of the material in this collection is related to the Prudential Insurance Company. The Prudential Insurance Company of America, known as the Prudential Friendly

Society until 1877, was founded in Newark by John F. Dryden in 1875. The company's first location was 812 Broad Street; in 1892 the "Main" building was constructed on the corner Broad and Bank Streets. Prudential�s initial focus was on providing insurance for individuals, but group policies for businesses rapidly became an important part of the company�s portfolio.

One folder consists of items relating to other Newark insurance companies.
Collection Contents
The titles and contents of folders in the collection are as follows:

Prudential Miscellaneous I: contains printed material, including a catalogue of the Dryden Literary and Musical Society Library, Prudential's employee library (1912); descriptions of the decorations in the board room; "Crowning Effort," a publication in honor of John F. Dryden on his 70th birthday, with tributes, greetings, and company statistics (1909); 75th anniversary dinner program (1950); a colorful promotional brochure in verse (1893); etc.

Prudential Miscellaneous II: includes "Industrial Insurance," a statement to a New Jersey senate committee by John F. Dryden, president (1906); a history of Prudential, "This Company of Ours" (1934); and a proposal for reducing taxes on insurance companies (1945)

"Prudential Building" (2 folders): include printed floor plans, descriptions, and sketches of the Prudential building at Broad and Bank Streets (ca. 1890s)

"The Building" (2 folders): contain an illustrated booklet on the interior and exterior of the home office building at Broad and Bank Streets

"Louisiana Purchase Exposition": contains Prudential promotional brochures related to an anniversary exhibit (1904)

"Presidents' Statements": includes an address by John F. Dryden (1895); and an address by Franklin D'Olier regarding New Jersey insurance company taxes, given at a conference organized by Mayor Vincent Murphy of Newark (1945)

"President's Annual Address": includes 3 printed addresses (1896-1900)

"Non-Prudential": contains the American Insurance Company's 50th anniversary souvenir book, with a history of the company (1946); newspaper excerpts regarding the American Insurance Company building, which was under consideration for landmark status in 1978; and an insurance policy issued to Obadiah Meeker by the Mechanics Fire Insurance Company of Newark, for Meeker's store and residence on Broad Street (1827)
FormatTextual materials
SubjectsAnniversaries / Commemorations; Business / Commerce
Time Period19th Century
LanguageEnglish
Access policyOpen for research
ProcessedYes
Finging Aid URLhttps://newarkpubliclibrary.libraryhost.com/repositories/3/resources/205