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Prudential Insurance Company Home Office Collection (1875 - 1950)
RepositoryNew Jersey Historical Society
Collection IDMG 1388
Size1.1 linear feet (3 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Collection Description
The Prudential Insurance Company of America, known as the Prudential Friendly Society until 1877, was founded in Newark in 1875 by John F. Dryden. Dryden led the company until his death in 1911. Prudential's initial focus was in providing insurance for individuals, but group policies for businesses rapidly became an important part of Prudential's portfolio.

Box 1: Contains material pertaining to the Prudential's Advertisement Department and includes advertisement cards, Prudential-themed postcards, general Newark postcards, booklets about Prudential's business policy and community involvement, advertisements clipped from periodicals and newspapers, and sample policies from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

Box 2: Consists of financial documents, including checks signed by John F. Dryden and other Prudential officers, dividend certificates (1930s and 1940s), and premium payment books (1884-1938). Also included are items of printed ephemera and souvenirs, such as date books and calendars, bumper stickers, sewing kits, notepads, tracing cards, play money, and a souvenir menu of a Prudential dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel (January 1900).

Box 3: Contains newspaper clippings; a few issues of the newsletter, The Prudential (1880s-1920s); cover art for The Prudential; photographs of Prudential presidents (1875-1969); and prints depicting "Prudential Girls" (1900s-1910s).

The oversize folder contains a certificate presented to Margaret Thomson for five years' service.
FormatsPhotographic materials; Textual materials
SubjectsBusiness / Commerce; Finance / Taxation
Time Periods19th Century; 20th Century
Access policyOpen for research
Finding AidYes
Finding Aid NotePaper