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Oconee Hill Cemetery records

Oconee Hill Cemetery records

Descriptive Summary

Title: Oconee Hill Cemetery records
Creator: Oconee Hill Cemetery. Board of Trustees
Inclusive Dates: 1897-2015
Language: English
Extent: 9.5 Linear Feet (8 boxes and 16 ledgers)
Collection Number: ms3853
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

In 1854 a committee was designated to investigate a desirable location for a privately owned cemetery to replace the Old City Cemetery on Jackson Street. A plot of land owned by Mrs. Pamela A. Hopping, on the North Oconee River, was purchased by the City of Athens in 1856. The land was divided into lots and the funds received from the sale of the lots were turned over to the Board of Cemetery Trustees. The Board solicited cemetery design plans and selected Dr. James Camak's proposal. In 1860, a charter was obtained from the State of Georgia assigning complete financial and administrative control to the Board. The purchase of an additional plot of nearly 82 acres on the east side occurred in 1898 and the bridge connecting the two plots opened in 1899. The original bridge was replaced with an iron bridge in the 1950s. The Mayor of the City of Athens was declared an ex-officio member of the Board in 1904 and an amendment to the act, approved in 1915, authorized the trustees to create a perpetual care trust.

For additional information, see the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places, http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/13000291.htm

Scope and Content

These records document the administration, maintenance, and preservation of the Oconee Hill Cemetery from 1897 to 2014. There are no records created prior to 1897, since they were all destroyed by a fire. The collection consists of administrative files, correspondence, sexton reports, trustee minutes, plot and deed files, financial information, ledgers, and photographs.


Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection contains electronic files. To access these files, please request the folders you would like through the finding aid using your research account. An archivist will be in contact with you to explain how to access the files. Please note that some file formats may not currently be supported by the library for research use.

Due to preservation concerns, glass plate negatives are available only in digital form.

Preferred Citation

Oconee Hill Cemetery records, ms 3853, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2014.

General Notes

Digitized portions of this collection can be found at the Oconee Hill Cemetery web site.


Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Administrative records.
Cemeteries -- Georgia.
Cemeteries.
Correspondence.
Ledgers (account books)
Minutes (administrative records)
Oconee Hill Cemetery (Athens, Ga.)

Related Collections in this Repository

Related collections in this repository: Oconee Hill Cemetery papers, ms 2194; Ellen Sumner collection, ms 2862; Frank Hamrick photograph archive, ms 3238; and Athens City Records--Maps, Plans and Blueprints, ms 1633a.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 

1. Administrative

boxfolder
11History
12Constitution and Bylaws of the Friends; Rules and Regulations of the Trustees
13Clippings, 1960-2000
14Maps
15Tombstone inscriptions - East and West Hill, Valley, River Road, and North Slope sections
16Preservation - retaining wall analysis; Sexton house, 2001, 2003
17Perpetual Care
18Equipment and Personnel
19Sale of Timber
110Road Improvements
111Oconee River Greenway
112Sales Contract (blank)
113Monuments - maintenance and vandalism
electronic_records
ER 1Administration [electronic files], 2004-2014
These electronic records include project files, National Register of Historic Places documentation, grant information, and cementery logos and signage.
electronic_records
ER 2Archives and History [electronic files]
These electronic records include writings and scans of maps and clippings that pertain to the history of Oconee Hill Cemetery.
electronic_records
ER 3Friends of Oconee Hill Cemetery [electronic files], 2009-2011
 

2. Correspondence

boxfolder
114-301978-2001
boxfolder
21-32002-2004
electronic_records
ER 4[electronic files], 2008-2012
 

3. Sexton Reports

boxfolder
24-6Monthly reports, 1983 October-2002 October
 

4. Trustee Minutes

boxfolder
27-101940 July-2014 March
211-12Duplicates, 1980 January-2003 November
 

5. Plots/Deeds

boxfolder
213Copies of deeds
214Database printout, 1990
215Arant, Meli
216Barrow, David C.
217Bond - O'Connor
218Cobb - Lumpkin
219Davis
220Duke
221Earnest - Carrier
222Garrison
223Gilbert
224Ginn - Merck
225Gordon
226Guild
227Harden
228Harrison
229Hilley - White
230Hopkins - Long - Allgood - Thompson
231Huggins
232Hull, Deloney
233Jenner - McLeroy
234Johnson
235Lampkin Trust
236Lay - Hendon
237Mitchell - Singleton
238Mygatt
239Muth
boxfolder
31Pace
32Payne
33Rice
34Shadgett
35Stanley
36Stevens
37Suber
38Sutton
39Talmadge
310Taylor
311Terrell, John Henry
312Upson
313Ward - McCauley
314White, John
315Whitehead
316Winfield, Robert
317Wood, Robert
318Youngblood, Nina King
 

6. Financial

boxfolder
319-281991-1999
boxfolder
41-91999-2004
410-11Assets and Liabilities, 1963-1998
 

7. Photographs

boxfolder
412David, Brown, Story, and Rice plots
413Polaroids - gate and house
electronic_records
ER 5Bisson family [electronic files], circa 1910-1945
electronic_records
ER 6Glass plate negatives - flood; unidentified people at the bridge; Long family lot; Woodmen of the World group [electronic files], circa 1910s
Due to preservation concerns, users are required to use digital versions.
electronic_records
ER 7Burial Vault [electronic files]
electronic_records
ER 8Grounds [electronic files]
OHC (Oconee Hill Cemetery) photos old, 1940s-1960s
OHC (Oconee Hill Cemetery) Owens, 1966
OHC (Oconee Hill Cemetery) photos, 2004 September
OHC (Oconee Hill Cemetery) photos, 2006 October
OHC (Oconee Hill Cemetery) photos, 2007 March
OHC (Oconee Hill Cemetery) photos, 2007 April
OHC (Oconee Hill Cemetery) photos, 2009 May
OHC (Oconee Hill Cemetery) photos, 2013 July
OHC (Oconee Hill Cemetery) photos, 2014 February
OHC (Oconee Hill Cemetery) selected photos, 2014 February
OHC (Oconee Hill Cemetery) wrought iron, 2004-2007
OHC (Oconee Hill Cemetery) Athens, 2006 October
Sexton's House [floor plans and brochure]
Slave and pauper burial sites
 

8. Ledgers

box
6Interments [including Annex], 1897-1911
6Interments Book O [Old Book], 1897-2004
6Interments - Books B1, C1, and D1 [includes diagrams of lots], 1900-2004
6Interments - Books E1, F1, G1, and H1 [includes diagrams of lots], 1923-2004
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1Interments [including Annex] - photocopy, 1897-1911
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2Interments Book O [Old Book] - original part of Oconee Hill Cemetery - photocopy, 1897-2004
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3Interments - Books B1, C1, and D1 [includes diagrams of lots] - photocopy, 1900-2004
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4Interments - Books E1, F1, G1, and H1 [includes diagrams of lots] - photocopy, 1923-2004
box
7Interments - Books F and J [includes diagrams of lots], 1900-2004
7Interments - Books D2, E2, G2, and H2 [includes diagrams of lots], 1923-2004
7Index to lot owners and interments, 1984-2004
7Grave Diggers Books 1-3, 1897-2004
item
5Interments - Books F and J [includes diagrams of lots] - photocopy, 1900-2004
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7Interments - Books D2, E2, G2, and H2 [includes diagrams of lots] - photocopy, 1923-2004
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8Index to lot owners and interments - photocopy, 1984-2004
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10Grave Diggers Books 1-3 - photocopy, 1897-2004
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12Interments - Lot Book B2 [includes diagrams of lots], 1900-1942
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13Interments - Lot Book C2 [includes diagrams of lots], 1900-1944
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14Interments - Lot Book E [includes diagrams of lots], 1923-1945
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15Interments - Lot Book G3 [includes diagrams of lots], 1935-2012
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16Interments - Lot Book H3 [includes diagrams of lots], 1942-1988
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6Interments - Lot Books B2, C2, E, G3, and H3 [includes diagrams of lots] - photocopy, 1900-2012
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8Index to lot owners and interments (no date) - photocopy
8Annual Care side 1 and side 2, 1967-1984
8Lot sales and perpetual care - Book 2, 3, 1966-2016
8Perpetual Care Contracts, 1982 July
8Lot Owners - New Cemetery, 1954
8Interments - Lot Book F3 [includes diagrams of lots], 2009-2015
8Interments - Lot Book F4 - Bulldog Haven - Georgia Football Lettermen's [includes diagrams of lots], 2008-2014
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9Untitled index - East Hill, West Hill, and Valley (undated); Annual Care side 1 and side 2 (1967-1984) - photocopy, 1967-1984
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11Lot sales and perpetual care - photocopy, 1900-2004