Oral Histories

Interview of George A. Beavers

Co-founder, director, and chair of Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company, one of the largest Black-owned insurance companies in the United States.
In Quest of Full Citizenship
Black Leadership in Los Angeles
African American History
Hopkins, Ranford B.
Beavers, George A. $q (George Allen), $c Jr., $d 1891-1989
Persons Present:
Beavers and Hopkins.
Place Conducted:
Beavers's home in Los Angeles.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Ranford B. Hopkins, assistant editor, UCLA Oral History Program; B.A., M.A., History, UC, Santa Barbara. Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, UC, Santa Barbara; current research entitled, "Leadership and the Growth of the Afro-American Community of Los Angeles, 1900-1965"; interviewer was born, raised, and has resided in Los Angeles for twenty-two years. Hopkins prepared for the interview by reviewing Beavers's personal files, reports, and documents at Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company, and articles on Beavers published in the Los Angeles Sentinel and the Los Angeles Times. Hopkins also contacted and talked with individuals who have worked with Beavers.
Processing of Interview:
Michael S. Balter edited the interview. He checked the verbatim transcript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spelling, and verified proper names. Words and phrases inserted by the editor have been bracketed. Beavers reviewed and approved the edited transcript. He made no corrections or additions. William E. Pajaud, vice-president-secretary and director of public relations, Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company, provided essential aid in verifying spellings and identities of the many persons mentioned in the course of the interview. David P. Gist, editorial assistant, prepared the table of contents, biographical summary, and index.
9.75 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
Interviews in this series were made possible by support from the UCLA Center for African American Studies, Institute of American Cultures. This is the first of several Oral History Program series focusing on social, cultural, economic, and political aspects of African American citizens in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.