Commonwealth Life Insurance Records consist of historical photos of agents, office personnel, and company headquarters, sample policies, an early policy record book, a sample collection register, and public relations materials. A 1937 Louisville labor newspaper containing a series of articles attacking Commonwealth leaders and administrative policies is also found.
Commonwealth Life Insurance was founded in Louisville, Kentucky in 1904 and in 1969 created Capital Holding Corporation as a vehicle for acquisition of additional insurance assets. In 1994, the holding company name was renamed Providian Corporation and in 1997 its insurance operations became part of Aegon Insurance Corporation while Providian Bancorp was spun off to create Providian Financial Corp. headquartered in San Francisco. Subsequently, a significant portion of Louisville’s Aegon operations were moved to other cities.
Commonwealth Life Insurance Company records, 2015_057-UA. University of Louisville Archives and Special Collections. https://archivescatalog.library.louisville.edu/repositories/2/resources/316 Accessed October 31, 2020.