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4400/4410. Cemetery Division

 Record Group Term
Identifier: 4400/4410
By Chapter 375 of the Acts of 1897, the Mayor was authorized to appoint a board of five trustees, subject to confirmation by the Board of Aldermen, to have charge of Mount Hope Cemetery and all other burying grounds owned by or in charge of the City of Boston. Mount Hope Cemetery was bought by the City in 1857 for $35,000 and additional land has been purchased since. It is situated on Walk Hill Street. The Board of Trustees was first appointed under the ordinance passed December 21, 1857. All burying grounds which were formerly under the control of the Board of Health were transferred to the jurisdiction of the Cemetery Department. They included the following: Benington street, East Boston, 157,500 square feet. Bunker Hill, Charlestown, 48,202 square feet. Central, Boston Common, 60,693 square feet. Copp’s Hill, Charter and Hull streets, 89,015 square feet. Dorchester North, Upham’s Corner, 142,587 square feet. Dorchester South, Dorchester avenue, 95,462 square feet. Eliot, Washington and Eustis streets, 34,830 square feet. Evergreen, Commonwealth avenue, Brighton, 604,520 square feet. Fairview, Hyde Park, 50 acres. Granary, Tremont street, opposite Bromfield street, 82,063 square feet. Hawes, Emerson street, near L street, 11,232 square feet. King’s Chapel, Tremont street, near School street, 19,344 square feet. Market Street, Market street, Brighton, 18,072 square feet. Mount Hope, Walk Hill street, 117 acres and 36,536 square feet. Phipps Street, Charlestown, 76,740 square feet. Rainsford Island, 43,560 square feet. South End, Washington and East Concord streets, 64,570 square feet. Walter Street, Walter street, Roslindale, 35,100 square feet. Warren, Kearsarge avenue, Roxbury, 54,400 square feet. Westerly, Centre street, West Roxbury, 39,450 square feet. In 1920, the Cemetery Department was merged with the Park Department, the latter title being substituted for Park and Recreation Department. On May 1, 1954, the department became the Parks and Recreation Department. The Cemetery Division is responsible for providing burial services for City of Boston residents. The division manages burial records for over 250,000 grave sites and maintains approximately 200 acres of cemetery land. The three active cemeteries are Mount Hope Cemetery, Fairview Cemetery and Evergreen Cemetery.

Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:

Board of Trustees of Mt. Hope Cemetery proceedings

Identifier: 4410.003
Scope and Contents

Includes minutes of the Board of Trustees of Mt. Hope Cemetery from 1865-1897. The first volume of the minutes which covered 1857-1865 is missing.

Dates: 1865-1897

Cemetery Department annual reports and publications

Identifier: 4410.001
Scope and Contents Includes copies of annual reports for the years 1900-1905, 1908-1910, 1912, 1914-1915; Reports on Intramural Internments, 1879 (City Documents 47, 96 and 110 of 1879); "Report of Special Committee of Common Council in Regard to South Burying-Ground on Washington Street", 1883; "Copy of Inscriptions upon the Granite Stones in the Kearsarge Avenue Cemetery, 1890; and "Historical Sketch and Matters Appertaining to the Copps Hill Burial-Ground", 1901. Annual reports can also be found in the City...
Dates: 1879-1912

Cemetery Department correspondence

Identifier: 4410.004
Scope and Contents

Four volumes of correspondence of the Cemetery Department.

Dates: 1897-1911 with gaps

Cemetery Department financial records

 Series — Box 1
Identifier: 4410.009
Scope and Contents

Cemetery Department cashbooks, etc. dated before 1870. Per state law, records cannot be destroyed. Volumes are in extremely poor condition with water damage.

Dates: circa 1850s-1870

Cemetery Department scrapbook

Identifier: 4410.005

Cemetery Division maps and plans

Identifier: 4410.002
Scope and Contents note This collection includes maps and plans from the Cemetery Division headquarters at Mt. Hope Cemetery. The maps and plans span the years circa 1899-1999. Many of the maps and plans are undated. The condition of many of the plans is poor because of previous storage and water damage. The collection has been divided into 4 series: Series I - Mt. Hope Cemetery, Series II - Evergreen Cemetery, Series III - Fairview Cemetery, and Series IV - Historic Burying Grounds. The Mt. Hope...
Dates: circa 1899-1999

Cemetery Division microfilm

Identifier: 4410.008
Scope and Contents note This series includes microfilm produced by the Cemetery Division between 1980-1981. Records filmed include interment cards, lot index cards and lot plan cards. The interment cards are filed alphabetically within each cemetery and may include name, lot #, location, proprietor, date of interment, age, date of death, place of death, cause of death and undertaker. The 19th century cards for Mt. Hope Cemetery and the Historic Burying Grounds do not provide cause of death. The cards for the...
Dates: circa 1852-1980

Evergreen Cemetery records

Identifier: 4412.001
Scope and Contents note This series contains 9 cubic feet of records. There are four subseries of records in this series: burial and permit records; lot sale records; financial records; and cash records. Each series of records is organized in a set of books. The burial and permit records do not all have the same information because they do not all have the same origin. Each person buried in Evergreen was given a permit. However, the permit came from the city or town in which the person died. For...
Dates: 1881-1985 with gaps

Fairview Cemetery records

Identifier: 4413.001
Scope and Contents note

The Fairview Cemetery collection consists of 6 cubic feet of records and spans the period from 1892-1951 with gaps. Included in the records of the Fairview Cemetery are burial permits from 1892-1951 and foundation orders from 1928-1939.

Dates: 1892-1950 with gaps

Historic Burying Grounds burial permits and orders

Identifier: 4414.001
Scope and Contents note This series contains the burial permit and orders of 13 of the Historic Burying Grounds from 1876-1948 with gaps. The burying grounds include Phipps Street, Dorchester North, Dorchester South, Bennington Street, Central, Copp's Hill, Granary, King's Chapel, Westerly, Eliot, South End, Walter Street, and Bunker Hill. The burial and permit records do not all have the same information because they do not all have the same origin. Each person buried was given a permit. However, the...
Dates: 1876-1948 with gaps

Mt. Hope Cemetery records

Identifier: 4411.001
Scope and Contents note

The Mt. Hope Cemetery collection consists of 47 cubic feet of records and spans the period of 1876-2002 with gaps. Among the records of Mt. Hope Cemetery are burial permits and orders from 1926-1956, foundation orders from 1905-1939, orders from 1903-1939, records of permits from 1876, lots and prep care, deeds 1929-1939, lot sales from 1917-1936, receipts from 1930-1936, interment orders from 1953-1967 with gaps, and field interment orders from 1953-2002 with gaps.

Dates: 1876-2002 with gaps