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Berea Cemetery Association Records



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Official Records of the Berea Cemetery Association

Notes, Correspondence and Publications

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Berea Cemetery Association Records, 1872-1996 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Title: Berea Cemetery Association Records, 1872-1996Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Berea Cemetery Association (Berea, Ky.)

Extent: 3.0 Boxes (General)

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in two series: Series 1: Official Records of the Berea Cemetery Association, and Series 2: Notes, Correspondence and Publications.

Subjects: Berea (Ky.) -- History., Berea, (Ky.), Berea College, Cemeteries--Kentucky--Madison County., Fairchild, Edward Henry -- 1815-1889, Fee, John Gregg -- 1816-1901, Hanson, Samuel., Rogers, J.A.R. -- (John Almanza Rowley)

Languages: English


After agitating the question of the need to organize a cemetery association and holding preliminary meetings led by Reverend E. H. Fairchild and A.A. Wright, the Berea community organized the Berea Cemetery Association in 1872.  The preliminary meetings resulted in the adoption of a constitution, the enrollment of nearly thirty subscribers to the Constitution, and an initiation fee for membership of $2.00.  The first election under the Constitution was held in the Fall of 1872 and resulted in the election of E. H. Fairchild (President), A.A. Wright, S. G. Hansen, Charles Lester (Treasurer), and S.J. Marshal (Secretary) to the Association’s executive committee.  The first recorded lot sale was to John G. Fee—although three unknown Union soldiers were buried on what would become the Berea Cemetery’s land previous to the Association’s organization.

The cemetery was chartered by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1914 and came under a new constitution (written and signed by W. G. Frost, Mayor J.L. Gay, and J.W. Stephens) in 1931 and again, twenty-eight years later, in 1959.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of bound and unbound association records from 1872—1996.  Included in the records are notes on the formation of the association, a handwritten constitution, and the names of the association’s first members including:  John G. Fee, E.H. Fairchild, J.A.R. Rogers, Charles Lester, H. R. Chittenden, Samuel G. Hanson, and other leaders of the Berea community.                   

The collection also contains historical notes, annual reports, meeting minutes, correspondence, records of lot sales, and publications of the association.

Subject/Index Terms

Berea (Ky.) -- History.
Berea, (Ky.)
Berea College
Cemeteries--Kentucky--Madison County.
Fairchild, Edward Henry -- 1815-1889
Fee, John Gregg -- 1816-1901
Hanson, Samuel.
Rogers, J.A.R. -- (John Almanza Rowley)

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Accruals: The bound records of the Association were donated by Warren Lambert in March 2000.

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: Federal copyright regulations apply. Cite all references to the material in this collection.

Preferred Citation: [Item identification], Berea Cemetery Association Records, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The finding aid was created in July 2014 by Lori Myers-Steele, Collection Archivist.

Other Note: Collection number: BCA 0170 HC 66

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Official Records of the Berea Cemetery Association],
[Series 2: Notes, Correspondence and Publications],

Series 2: Notes, Correspondence and PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Contains notes, meeting minutes, financial statements, reports, correspondence and publications of the Association.  The majority of records in this series are dated from the 1950’s.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence and Meeting Information, 1958-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Meeting Minutes (unbound), 1960-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence and Meeting Information, 1960's-1970'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Newspaper Clippings, Miscellaneous, 1979-1980'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Building of Mausoleum and Construction Agreement, 1992-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Paperwork and Information regarding Inventory of Burials publication, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Miscellaneous papers and information, 1990'sAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Papers regarding registration of cemetery, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Investment Presentation for Berea Cemetery Association, PNC Bank, 1996Add to your cart.

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