The Resource Item listed box 16 folder 7 is located in oversize box 66

Item listed box 16 folder 7 is located in oversize box 66

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  • The types of material found in the five series of Southern Aid Society of Virginia records are minutes, ledgers, correspondence, claims, policies, invoices, receipts, applications, manuals, lists, registers, annual statements, and memorabilia. Series one contains executive committee meeting minutes ledgers (6 volumes) dated 1910-1917, 1922-1927, 1931-1934, and 1954-1958
  • Series II consists of employee records (6 volumes and .90 cu.ft.). There are agents' debit and credit accounts ledgers (3 volumes), 1927-1969; employees training and fieldwork manuals (1 volume), n.d.; applications for employment and other employment documents arranged alphabetically (.675 cu.ft.), 1914-1969; employee lists (.1 cu.ft.); weekly letters to employees from company management (.025 cu.ft.), 1945; employee payroll and earnings statements (1 volume), 1965; agents' resolutions and appeals to management (.1 cu.ft.), 1913; and agent's salary and commissions ledger (1 volume), 1946. Applications include questionnaires inviting responses concerning marital status, religious affiliation, age, disability, residence, and academic history
  • Series III contains company financial and investment account reports and correspondence (85 volumes and 1.35 cu.ft.) consisting of financial statements of rental agents (1 volume), n.d.; executive's correspondence concerning accounts and audits (.35 cu.ft.); Board of Directors minutes concerning stock value (.05 cu.ft.), 1926; income tax and earnings statements (.05 cu.ft.), 1926; company cash account ledgers (30 volumes), 1914-1916, 1918-1919, 1923-1945, 1947-1960; check registers (3 volumes), 1932-1943; annual statements (24 volumes), 1906-1929; monthly rental property account ledger (1 volume), 1918; correspondence, invoices and receipts concerning investments and Club 533, Inc. (.9 cu.ft.),1968-1980; miscellaneous financial account ledgers (2 volumes), 1940-1950, 1953-1973; Virginia Beneficial Life Insurance Company (Norfolk, Va.) financial account ledger (1 volume), 1916-1917; and policy account number ledgers (22 volumes), 1894-1914; and a policy account number ledger (1 volume) for the African-American Aid & Endowment Order of Virginia, n.d. Policyholder account ledgers arranged by policy number and include policyholder's name, age, benefits, premium, beneficiary, agent's name, and year. Southern Aid Society branches were located in Alexandria, Bristol, Charlottesville, Danville, Farmville, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, Newport News, Norfolk, Petersburg, Portsmouth, Richmond, Roanoke, Saluda, Suffolk, Winchester, Virginia; and Washington, D.C
  • Company cash account ledgers include chronological lists of expenditures for checks, claims, telecommunications, salaries, commissions, advertising, real estate expenses, medical fees, traveling expenses, sundries, and postage. Also contains dated entries for company deposits stemming from premium collections, application fees, assessments, mortgages, bonds, loans, rents, employee deposits, and sundries
  • Series IV contains individual homeowners' policies and claims together with correspondence between agents and policyholders (.45 cu.ft.). Also includes indices to agents' correspondence with policyholders ledgers (3 volumes), 1938-1939, 1950-1951, 1957-1963
  • Series V (.45 cu.ft.) consists of miscellaneous memorabilia including blank forms, Southern Aid Society calendars, a company envelope, notices, and company licensure forms. Also has correspondence with other African -American businesses and organizations
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A handful of men in Richmond, Virginia, organized the Southern Aid and Insurance Company in 1893 in an effort both to promote jobs for unemployed black youth and to furnish adequate and affordable insurance protection to African-Americans. Chartered on February 25, 1893, Southern Aid and Insurance was the nation's first black-owned and operated insurance company. The company founders chose Z.D. Lewis (1859-1926), pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Richmond, to head the corporation and R. Louis Brown as vice president. The other founding officers and board members were W.G. Carter, Charles Johnson, Jr., W.A. Payne, John E. Taylor, and W.R. Coots. In 1906 the leaders changed the name of the company to Southern Aid Society of Virginia, Inc. With a new name and firmly rooted branches in other Virginia towns, the organization blossomed. By 1937 the company had employed more than 300 black men and women in branches in Virginia and Washington, D.C. In the late 1980's the company's building at 214 E. Clay Street (and presumably the institution itself) was bought by the Atlanta Life Insurance Company.
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Item listed box 16 folder 7 is located in oversize box 66
Item listed box 16 folder 7 is located in oversize box 66
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Inventory
  • Inventory
  • 100
  • 3.15
Governing access note
DO NOT SERVE items with Social Security Numbers (all folders in box 11 and folders 1-3 in box 12). Please copy, redact the copy, copy again, and then serve
Immediate source of acquisition
Pulley, Lynwood
Organization method
Arranged in five series. Series I: executive committee meeting minutes, 1910-1934, 1954-1958; Series II: employee records; Series III: financial and investment account reports and correspondence; Series IV: policyholder records and correspondence; and Series V: memorabilia and miscellaneous.
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      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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