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SOCIAL INSURANCE COMPANY RECORDS, 1803-1842

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Processing and conservation of this collection were funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Social Insurance Co. (Salem, Mass.)
Title:Social Insurance Company Records
Dates:1803/1842
Quantity:1.75 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract:The Social Insurance Company Records include the administrative, financial, and business records of this Salem, Massachusetts, company from 1803-1842.
Collection Number:MSS 138

Series List


SERIES I. Administrative Records
SERIES II. Financial Records
SERIES III. Marine Policies and Claims
SERIES IV. Miscellaneous Papers

Scope and Content Note

The Social Insurance Company Records include the administrative, financial, and business records of this Salem, Massachusetts, company from 1803-1842. The company was dissolved from 1814 to circa 1830 which explains the difference in dates throughout the collection. The collection has been divided into four series.


Series I. Administrative Records includes director and stockholder meeting minutes, incorporation papers, correspondence, and legal papers.


Series II. Financial Records contains a ledger, receipt book, account book, and stock certificates book. Also included are stock dividend receipts, dividend transfers, powers of attorney, and miscellaneous financial papers.


In addition to accepted insurance policies and policy proposals, Series III. Marine Policies and Claims, 1809-1835, contains claims for 38 vessels arranged alphabetically by vessel (see Appendix I for exact listing). Of special interest is the large number of claims which pertain to capture or British and French privateers. Also of note is the protest and letterbook, 1809-1810, the bulk of which concerns arrest, detainment, and seizure of goods.


Series IV. Miscellaneous Papers includes miscellaneous papers generated by the company.


Historical Sketch

Incorporated in on March 4, 1809, the Social Insurance Company of Salem conducted a thriving business until 1814. James Cook was the company's first director, as chosen by a democratic vote of the directors. The company revived circa 1830 in order to settle old claims and was re-incorporated on February 19, 1840. The company continued to settle claims through 1842.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Augusta (Ship)
Betsey (Brig)
Betsey (Schooner)
Brutus (Ship)
Cuba (Brigantine)
Diomede (Brig)
Dispatch (Brig)
Dolphin (Brigantine)
Fly (Schooner)
Fortune (Schooner)
Franklin (Ship)
Hare (Brig)
Hetty (Schooner)
Joanna (Schooner)
Latona (Brigantine)
Lydia (Schooner)
Margaret (Ship)
Maria (Schooner)
Mary (Schooner)
Nancy (Schooner)
Osprey (Ship)
Patriot (Bark)
Perseverance (Ship)
Pilgrim (Brig)
Polly (Schooner)
Rambler (Ship)
Reindeer (Schooner)
Rising States (Schooner)
Romp (Brigantine)
Sally & Betsey (Brig)
Santiago (Brig)
Social Insurance Company (Salem, Mass.)
Sukey & Betsey (Brig)
Suwarrow (Brigantine)
Tartar (Ship)
Three Friends (Brig)
Two Betseys (Brig)
Victory (Brig)
Washington (Schooner)
Welcome Return (Brig)
Account books
Capture at sea
Marine insurance
Marine protests
Privateering
Shipwrecks
United States--History--War of 1812--Naval operations

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Social Insurance Company Records, MSS 138, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The Social Insurance Company Records are a reorganization and integration of 5 volumes, manuscripts from one scrapbook, and other miscellaneous papers. The collection is from an unknown source. Removed are receipts of Richard and Elias Hasket Derby (see separation sheet for listing).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Sylvia B. Kennick, July 1984. Updated by Catherine Robertson, May 2015.


Related Material


Derby Family Papers, 1716-1925, MSS 37.


Matthew Adams Stickney Family Papers, 1685-1910, MSS 463.

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