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Lansdale Cemetery Association records

1863-1947, 1 linear feet

08

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Lansdale Historical Society. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Lansdale Historical Society
Creator:
Lansdale Cemetery Association
Title:
Lansdale Cemetery Association records
Date [inclusive]:
1863-1947
Call Number:
08
Extent:
1 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Lansdale Cemetery Association, incorporated June 7, 1880, ran Lansdale Cemetery, the largest in the Borough of Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Originally a for-profit company, it was replaced by the nonprofit Lansdale Cemetery Inc. in 1964/1965. The Lansdale Cemetery Association records, 1863-1947, are comprised of various materials that document the history of the Lansdale Cemetery Association and the Lansdale cemetery, including minute books, financial records, employee records, deeds, and wills.
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Biography/History

Lansdale Cemetery is the largest in the Borough of Lansdale in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania - more than 3,000 people are buried there. It was originally run as a for-profit company by the Lansdale Cemetery Association, incorporated June 7, 1880, until the original board of trustees passed on in the 1950s. In 1964/1965, the Association was replaced by the nonprofit Lansdale Cemetery, Inc. As of 2012, the cemetery still hosts burials and contains roughly 200 unoccupied plots.

Bibliography:

"Lansdale Looking into Cemetery Takeover." North Penn Life. Accessed November 26, 2012. http://montgomerynews.com/articles/2012/06/30/north_penn_life/news/doc4fedbbbeedca8230776680.txt

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of various administrative and financial records of the Lansdale Cemetery Association. The administrative records consist of: minutes, 1880-1947; deeds, 1863-1933; rules and regulations, 1880; a railroad bond, 1900; and several wills. The financial records consist of: check stubs, 1888-1932; treasurer's book, 1880-1922; Social Security and unemployment wage records with payroll information, 1936-1943; and stock certificates, 1880-1944, and dividend book, 1897-1918. There are also records from the Association's Permanent Fund: subscription book, 1888-1918, and proceedings, 1888-1911.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Lansdale Historical Society

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Faith Charlton through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Lansdale Historical Society for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Lansdale Cemetery Association, 2012.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Lansdale Historical Society directly for more information.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Lansdale Cemetery Association
Geographic Name(s)
  • Lansdale (Pa.)
  • Montgomery County (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Cemeteries
  • Cemetery managers

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