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CAPITOL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY RECORDS

 Collection
Identifier: WH1056

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Materials in The Capitol Life Insurance Company collection consist of documents and photographs ranging from the 1880s to 1979, with the bulk of the material ranging from 1923 to 1965.

Financial information about the company is limited within The Capitol Life Insurance Company’s collection. Three financial volumes, dated 1904 to 1907, consist of a policy journal by Thomas F. Daly, a policy register, and a policy log book that record the company’s early financial beginnings.

Manuscripts within the collection contain information about advertising, construction of Capitol Life’s home office in 1924, and construction and opening of its tower in 1963. This collection has a number of photographs, which are arranged within the photograph series. Photographs portray employee promotions (1900 to 1975), home office building (1880 to 1964), advertising, company functions, company parties and company history.

SERIES 1 COMPANY DOCUMENTS 1880-1979 BOX 1

This series contains newspaper and magazine advertising. It also contains brochures and pamphlets of conventions and seminars attended and given by the company. Financial records of the company include a letter of correspondence, group policies, the Charles B. Kountze House remodel, building maintenance payments, small company loans, and annual statements. Building contracts for Capitol Life's 1924 building in downtown Denver, and the land deed and title for the Charles B. Kountze property, comprise a portion of the series. The Capitol Life Insurance Company kept biographical information about founder, Thomas F. Daly, and newspaper clippings regarding its history and employees.

SERIES 2 PHOTOGRAPHS 1880-1975 PHOTOBOX 1, PHOTOOVFF 1

Photographs in this series contain employee publicity photographs, the 1924 Capitol Life Insurance Building 1924, and its "center" addition in 1963. Images include sample photographs for Contact, an insurance publication. This series also contains photographs of company functions and parties, as well as the company's history.

The series also contains three panoramic photos of employees outside of the Capitol Life Insurance Building, a panoramic of an employee dinner function, and a photo mock-up of the building addition of 1963.

SERIES 3 OVERSIZE 1904-1907, 1924-1964 OVBOX 1, OVVOLUME 1-3

This series contains two large wooden display boards of the 1924 Rocky Mountain News two-page spread about the Capitol Life Insurance Company and its employees, a copy of the 1924 newspaper spread, policy certificates, wooden plaques containing the Time Magazine advertisements from 1964, magazine advertisements, a display board, and a mark-up of the 1963 building addition.

In addition to this series, three financial volumes, dated 1904 to 1907 consist of a policy journal by Thomas F. Daly, a policy register, and a policy log book recording the company’s early financial beginnings while in the Tabor Grand Opera House. Names of policy holders are listed within each oversize volume.

Dates

  • 1880-1979

ACCESS:

The collection is open for research.

OWNERSHIP:

Literary and copyrights - as appropriate - have been assigned to the Denver Public Library.

PUBLICATION RIGHTS:

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

HISTORICAL NOTE

“It is our inflexible purpose to make The Capitol Life Insurance Company essentially a company in which the individual interests of each and every policy owner will be closely matched and conserved…a company which, by reason of its popularity, will take a commanding rank in the world of life insurance and maintain it successfully against all competitors.” (Thomas F. Daly)

Thomas F. Daly, founder of Capitol Life Insurance Company, was born in Wisconsin and came to Leadville, Colorado in the 1880s looking to take advantage of the mining boom. In 1905, the Capitol Life Insurance Company began in Denver’s Tabor Opera House, with twelve stockholders and ten employees. By 1912, the company’s resources grew to one million dollars. Years later Capitol Life Insurance added group insurance to its services. On Daly's death in 1921, his son, Clarence J. Daly, became president, a position that he retained for 37 years.

Moving from the Tabor Opera House in 1924, The Capitol Life Insurance Company constructed a new home in Denver at 1600 Sherman Street. By 1963, Capitol Life Insurance added a new twelve-story tower addition to their downtown location.

By the 1960s, Capitol Life Insurance Company was Colorado’s oldest and largest insurance company. In 1968, Capitol Life, a subsidiary of Associates, was acquired by Gulf and Western Industries, Inc. In July 1974, American Pacific Life Insurance Company bought the company. It was bought back by Gulf and Western, and then sold to Richfield Holdings Limited, who later changed their name to Providence Capitol Limited. In 1986, Integrated Resources Life Companies, Inc. purchased Capitol Life. One year later CLICO Corporation; a subsidiary of Integrated Resources Life Companies, Inc., took over. By 1990, Glen A. Holden of CLICO Acquisition Corporation (CAC) became the new owner of The Capitol Life Insurance Company.

Extent

1 box Boxes (1 linear foot)

1 PhotoBox, 1PhotoOVFF

PROVENANCE:

The Capitol Life Insurance Company collection was donated by Edward J. Baran, President, Capitol Life Insurance Company, on April 9, 1986.

Physical Description

OVBox 1, 3 OVVolumes

SIZE:

Number of Boxes: 1 box (1 linear foot)

Oversize:OVBox 1, 3 OVVolumes

Photographs: 1 PhotoBox, 1PhotoOVFF

LOCATION:

WH1056

PROCESSED BY:

Mike Bayne

2010

PROJECT MANAGER:

Ellen Zazzarino

Title
CAPITOL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY RECORDS
Date
2010
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

Contact:
10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States