The Philadelphia Contributionship
The Philadelphia Contributionship Digital Archives

The Philadelphia
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In 1752, Benjamin Franklin and his fellow volunteer fire fighters formed America's first successful property insurance company, The Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire. The archives of this still-vibrant company provide an amazing wealth of information on historical Philadelphia and its citizens. We welcome you to dive into history as you explore The Contributionship Digital Archives.
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This online archive currently contains insurance surveys from 1752-1890, key documents from the company's history, and the minute books from 1752-1842.