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Today’s Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Library at St. John’s University’s School of Risk Management comprises the world’s largest collection of risk and insurance literature, policies, and related documents, and serves students of risk management, insurance, and actuarial science around the world as a center for study and research.  The Library’s beginnings date back to 1901, when insurance executives founded The Insurance Society of New York, and began providing study space and material to young people entering the insurance industry.

Since its earliest days, the Library has served as a site for insurance lectures.  Over the years, The Insurance Society of New York developed a curriculum based upon these lectures.  This ultimately led to the creation of The School of Insurance, followed by The College of Insurance, the predecessor to St. John’s School of Risk Management.

A number of individuals and organizations contributed to the Library’s growing collection throughout the 1900’s.  Throughout its history, the Library served students, faculty, staff, and sponsors, as well as members of The Insurance Society of New York.  In 1974, Shelby Cullom Davis and his wife Kathryn secured the Library’s future with a major endowment, and the Library was renamed in their honor.

With the merger of The College of Insurance and St. John’s University in 2001, the Davis Library became part of the St. John’s University library system. Today, the Davis Library remains one of the most comprehensive risk, insurance, and actuarial science collections in the world, serving students, faculty, scholars and industry practitioners seeking specialized knowledge in these areas.  It is a place for study and learning, research and insight.

The purpose of this blog is to help all our users stay informed, in touch, and up to speed on the latest insurance industry news, information and new resources in the Davis Library. We hope that you will take an active role in commenting and adding to the information posted here.