Abraham Lincoln (A.L.) Lewis papers
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Abraham Lincoln (A.L.) Lewis papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Lewis, A. L., (Abraham Lincoln), 1865-1947
Title: Abraham Lincoln (A.L.) Lewis papers
Dates: 1937-1945
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract:The collection consists of one box with six folders containing minutes of meetings of the Board of Trustees of Bethune-Cookman College (1937, 1944, 1945), the College's 1937 annual report, the fortieth anniversary bulletin of the Afro-American Life Insurance Company (1941), and ephemera.
Identification: aarl90-007

Biographical/Historical Note

A.L. Lewis was born in Madison, West Florida in 1865. He moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1880 where he pursued his education in between employment at a Jacksonville sawmill and lumberyard.

Lewis joined the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1884 and served in several capacities as a member. He worked diligently in a Masonic Order and through his business acumen, the Masonic Temple of greater Jacksonville was built in the early 1900's.

In 1901, A.L. Lewis helped to organize the Afro-American Industrial Benefit Association which later became the Afro-American Life Insurance Company. Mr. Lewis held the positions of treasurer; secretary and general manager; President and treasurer; and Chairman of the Board from 1901 through the 1940's. James H. Lewis, his son, took over the presidency of the company in 1936.

Mr. Lewis also served on the Board of Trustees of Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida for over 20 years in the early 1900's.

A. L. Lewis was born in 1865 in Madison, West Florida. In 1880 he moved to Jacksonville, Florida, where he worked at a sawmill and lumberyard while pursuing his education. He joined the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1884 and was a member of a Masonic Order, helping to build the Masonic Temple of greater Jacksonville in the early 1900's. In 1901 he helped organize the company that became known as the Afro-American Life Insurance Company and held a number of executive positions there, including President and Chairman of the Board. He also served on the Board of Trustees of Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida, for over twenty years.


Scope and Content Note

The collection at the Auburn Avenue Research Library consists of minutes from the meetings of the Board of Trustees of Bethune-Cookman College (1937, 1944, 1945); Bethune-Cookman College annual report (1937); and the fortieth anniversay bulletin of the Afro-American Life Insurance Company (1941).


Arrangement

Arranged by type.


Index Terms

African American business enterprises--Florida--Jacksonville.
African American businesspeople--Florida--Jacksonville.
African American universities and colleges--Florida--Daytona Beach.
African Americans--Education (Higher)--Florida--Daytona Beach.
Afro-American Life Insurance Company.
Annual reports.
Bethune-Cookman College (Daytona Beach, Fla.).
Calendars.
College trustees--Florida--Daytona Beach.
Ephemera.
Insurance companies--Florida--Jacksonville.
Minutes.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Abraham Lincoln (A. L.) Lewis papers. Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.


Restrictions

Restrictions of Access

There are no restrictions on the research use of this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.


Container List

 

Box

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11Annual Report of Bethune-Cookman College, 1937
 
2Afro-American Life Insurance Company Fortieth Anniversary Program, 1941
 
3Minutes of the Board of Trustees of Bethune-Cookman College, 1937 1944 1945
 
4Original envelopes from which documents were removed
 
51 calendar broadside - Afro-American Life Insureance Co.
 
6Program - Two-State Victory Celebration, Eighth Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Church in Mississippi and Louisiana, May 9-13, 1943
 
Ephemera - 1 coaster that reads "Afro-American Life Insurance Co."