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Group Health Association Archives 1937-1993
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Collection Scope and Content Note


The Group Health Association archives consists of over 500 boxes (ca. 503 linear feet) of corporate records dating from 1937-1994. Meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, publications, subject files, financial ledgers, departmental records, and audio and visual materials document the activities of the leadership and membership of GHA. Although the records document GHA's entire history, the bulk of the records concern the beginnings of the company, especially in the Board of Trustees series, and the years 1970-1993. Most of the departments retained identical records to serve their particular needs, resulting in duplicate records within almost every series. For instance, the Board of Trustees series contains sub-series covering activities of the Membership, Financial, and Legal departments. These duplicate records have been left as found. Date coverage is not inclusive for each series. Records are arranged chronologically or alphabetically within each series or sub-series. Narrative scope and content notes exist at each series and sub-series level.

The records are organized into nine series representing the major departments within the company: Board of Trustees; Executive Office; Legal; General Administration; Accounting and Financial; Membership; Claims Management; Medical Services; and Personnel. The most significant of these series are the Board of Trustees, Executive Office, and General Administration. GHA members elected and served on the Board, making it a key component of the company's philosophy. The Board of Trustees series, especially the large volume of meeting minutes, documents the organization's actions and infrastructure. The Executive Office series highlights GHA's management structure and activities. Records such as executive office files and policy manuals provide an understanding of the organization's managerial style and corporate planning. The General Administration series provides a day-to-day record of the company. Inter-office memos and subject files address the basic routines that kept GHA running smoothly. Researchers looking for information about GHA's membership constituency will find voluminous records in the Membership and Claims Management series. Applications, denials, and policy coverage changes for individuals and the variety of companies for which GHA provided coverage can be found in these two series, as well as computer output summary data regarding such topics as the types of policies held and the variety of economic, gender, race, and age groups served. Similar information can also be found in the Medical Services series.

Acronyms for all organizations have been spelled out unless there is no evidence in the collection that points to their full names. The researcher should also note that similar files can be found throughout each series. Please review all series to find complementary documents.

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