Held at: Pottstown Historical Society [Contact Us]568 High Street, Pottstown, PA, 19464
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Pottstown Historical Society. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
The Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Pottstown was incorporated on March 17, 1843 to provide fire insurance for subscribing residents of Montgomery, Berks and Chester counties in Pennsylvania. The original Board of Managers consisted of: John Thompson, George Richards, Henry Potts, Jonas Smith and William Mintzer of Montgomery County; James Wells, Samuel Williams, Owen Stover, Samuel Shaffer and William Price of Chester County; and Henry Arms and Christian Shaner of Berks County.
The company remained in operation until at least 1961.
An Act to Incorporate the Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Pottstown, 1843. Laws of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1843. Act 43, p. 99. Accessed April 27, 2012. http://archive.org/details/lawsofgeneralass1843penn.
This collection consists of financial records and a minute book of the Mutual Fire Insurance Company of Pottstown. The minute book dates from 1890-1929. About one-half dozen ledgers date from the beginning of the company in 1843 through 1961. There are also records of transactions, premiums due and paid, assessments, and other financial records in the collection.
Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2011-2012 as part of a pilot project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.
In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Pottstown Historical Society directly for more information.
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- Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
- This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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