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COLLECTION Identifier: Mss:797 1830-1878 N567

New York Life Insurance and Trust Company records


Select records of New York Life Insurance and Trust Company, chartered in 1830.


  • Creation: 1830-1878 (inclusive)


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information.


8 linear feet (73 volumes)

The collection includes journals, ledgers, letter books and other accounts. The series of letter books are particularly extensive, while statement books, containing monthly reports to the treasurer, are complete from 1830 to 1870. Also included are the accounts of the Manhattan Company and of Parrish family interests.

Historical Note:

Chartered in 1830, New York Life Insurance Company was the first company in the United States to specialize in life insurance. In 1922 it merged with the Bank of New York, forming the Bank of New York and Trust Company.

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

  1. Series A. Administrative, general, 1830-1872
  2. Series B. Journals, 1830-1868
  3. Series C. Ledgers, 1830-1874
  4. Series D. Cash, 1830-1838
  5. Series E. Record of agencies and insurance, 1830-1874
  6. Series F. Miscellaneous financial records, 1843-1878
  7. Series G. Letter books, 1830-1875
  8. Series H. Insurance documents, ca. 1830s, n.d.
  9. Series K. Parish family interests, 1833-1858
  10. Series L. Manhattan Company, 1838-1850
  11. Series M. Tin and copper concern, 1858

Physical Location



Gift of Bank of New York & Trust Co., 1939, 1947

New York Life Insurance and Trust Company. New York Life Insurance and Trust Company records, 1830-1878 (inclusive): A Finding Aid
Baker Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections and Archives, Harvard Business School Repository

Baker Library Special Collections and Archives holds unique resources that focus on the evolution of business and industry, as well as the records of the Harvard Business School, documenting the institution's development over the last century. These rich and varied collections support research in a diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.

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