Ivan J. Houston was born in Los Angeles, California in 1925. He worked at Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company for forty
years, including at the executive level when he became the company's President and CEO in 1970 and Chairman in 1980, a position
he held until his retirement in 1990. In 1943 he enlisted in the Army and in 1944 he was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 370th
Infantry Regiment Combat Team, 92nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Fifth Army, also known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Houston's
battalion journal became the basis for the memoir he published in 2009,
Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II. The collection consists of documentation of Houston's World War II service; records of his tenure with Golden State Mutual
Life Insurance; materials related to the creation of
Black Warriors; various periodicals, programs and annual reports which feature Houston as well as Houston's personal papers, photos and
slides including materials related to his father, Norman O. Houston and his mother, Doris Talbot Young.
Ivan J. Houston was born in Los Angeles, California in 1925. That same year, Houston's father, businessman Norman O. Houston
helped organize Golden State Mutual Life Insurance, one of the largest historically black-owned companies in the country -
a company Houston would head over four decades later.
27 boxes (12.25 linear ft.)
4 oversized boxes.
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