Oral Histories

Interview of Ivan J. Houston

Chief executive officer and chair of Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company, one of the largest Black-owned insurance companies in the United States.
Black Leadership in Los Angeles: Ivan J. Houston
Black Leadership in Los Angeles
African American History
Hopkins, Ranford B.
Houston, Ivan J.
Persons Present:
Houston and Hopkins.
Place Conducted:
Houston's office at Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company in Los Angeles, California.
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, UCLA Oral History Program; B.A., M.A. Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, UC, Santa Barbara. Hopkins prepared for the interview by reviewing Houston's personal files, reports, and documents at Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company, and articles on Houston published in the Los Angeles Sentinel and the Los Angeles Times. In addition, Hopkins talked with individuals who have worked with Houston and consulted secondary sources on blacks in the insurance business.
Processing of Interview:
Jacqueline Wester, assistant editor, edited the interview. She 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. The edited transcript was sent to Houston in December 1987. He verified proper names but made few corrections or additions and returned the transcript in April 1988. Teresa Barnett, editor, prepared the table of contents. Richard Martinez, editorial assistant, prepared the biographical summary and interview history. Alex Cline, assistant editor, prepared the index.
6.8 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.