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Archive of the Equitable Life Assurance Society

The Archive takes a complementary place alongside the existing special collections of key texts in actuarial science held by the libraries of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA)

The IFoA owns the archives of the Equitable Life Assurance Society dating from the Society's origins in 1762 through to 1950. The Archive is available for research at two locations in the City of London (subject to opening hours and respective terms of access).

Manuscripts and printed books
(including the work of Thomas Bayes, James Dodson, Richard Price and William Morgan)
ca. 1747-1830 Access by application to  
IFoA Library, London
Archives of the Society for Equitable Assurances on Lives and Survivorships
(covering the Society's origins and tenure of actuary William Morgan, 1775-1830)
1762-1830 Access by application to  
IFoA Library, London
Archives of the Society for Equitable Assurances on Lives and Survivorships, and of the Equitable Life Assurance Society 1830-1950 Guildhall Library: Access by application to  
London Metropolitan Archives
Archives of the Equitable Reversionary Interest Society
and of the Reversionary Interest Society
1835-1950 Guildhall Library:
Access by application to  
London Metropolitan Archives
Historical research files and notes of Maurice Ogborn FIA for Equitable Assurances: The story of life assurance in the experience of the Equitable Life Assurance society 1762-1962 1930-1975 Access by application to  
IFoA Library, London

The IFoA seeks to preserve the Archive and to encourage research into the history of actuarial science and into the history of actuaries and their profession and practice

Formal listings of the items in the Archive are available to download:

Acknowledgement of support

The IFoA gratefully acknowledges the support of the many individuals, members and corporate groups who contributed to the purchase of the Archive in November 2006.

The names of the donors have been engraved on a commemorative plaque which was unveiled by Richard Macve, FCA Hon FIA, at the launch reception on 3 April 2007 in Staple Inn Hall.

The Equitable Life Assurance Society remains the owner of all its records dating from 1950 and is responsible for their administration. In 2007, the Reliance Mutual Insurance Society acquired the business of the University Life Assurance Society, a former subsidiary of Equitable Life, and related University Life archive records.

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Contact Details

For any library enquiries please contact:

libraries@actuaries.org.uk

We try to respond to email queries within one working day. Researcher access to historical resources may require notice in advance of visit in order to retrieve items from storage.