Berea Cemetery Association Records
Scope and Contents
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.
- created: 1872-1996
- Berea Cemetery Association (Berea, Ky.) (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.
Conditions Governing Use
Federal copyright regulations apply. Cite all references to the material in this collection.
Language of Materials
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.
The collection is arranged in two series: Series 1: Official Records of the Berea Cemetery Association, and Series 2: Notes, Correspondence and Publications.
Accruals and Additions
The bound records of the Association were donated by Warren Lambert in March 2000.
Other Descriptive Information
Collection number: BCA 0170 HC 66
The finding aid was created in July 2014 by Lori Myers-Steele, Collection Archivist.
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