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