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Overview of the Collection

Administrative History

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. Administrative Records, 1859-1999

II. Oakwood Cemetery, 1859-1973

III. Oakwood Annex, 1915-1979

IV. Austin Memorial Park, 1928-1980

V. Evergreen, 1926-1979

VI. Travis County International, undated

Austin History Center

Austin (Tex.). Parks and Recreation Department, Cemeteries Division Records

An Inventory to the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin (Tex.). Parks and Recreation Department. Cemeteries Division
Title: Austin (Tex.). Parks and Recreation Department, Cemeteries Division Records
Inclusive Dates: 1859-1999
Abstract: Records created by the Parks and Recreation Department in the management of the City of Austin owned cemeteries.
Identification: AR.2001.003
Quantity: 14.4 linear feet (11 boxes and 15 oversize ledgers)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The City of Austin, Parks and Recreation Department, Cemeteries Division is responsible for the administration, interment, and maintenance functions of the five city owned cemeteries: Oakwood, Oakwood Annex, Austin Memorial Park, Evergreen, and Plummers. The city has a contract with a management company, Intercare Corp., to maintain the city cemeteries. The Travis County International Cemetery is owned and maintained by Travis County, but by agreement, the City opens and closes all graves.

Oakwood is the oldest cemetery. Provision for a cemetery was made in 1839 when the city was founded, and in that year, according to Frank Brown, "the regular burying place was established on the southwest part of the present city cemetery." In 1856, Oakwood was deeded to the city by the State of Texas. In 1866, Temple Beth Israel bought two sections for its congregation. The official name has changed several times. In 1886, it was named "City Cemetery." In 1903, the name was changed to Austin City Cemetery, and in 1912 it received its present name.

In 1917 the Oakwood Annex opened, and Evergreen opened in 1928. Travis County opened the Travis County International Cemetery, for paupers, in 1940. The city purchased Austin Memorial Park from a private cemetery company in 1941. Plummers Cemetery was acquired in 1957 as a condition of the city's purchase of land for Givens Park.

Though not a city cemetery, some information about Mount Cavalry is included in some of the records because at one time the city managed this cemetery. Also, some of the ledgers reference burials at the State Cemetery when the city opened and closed the graves.

The Cemetery operation is currently contracted out to Intercare Corporation which provides four services: administration, space sales, interments, and grounds maintenance. Administration includes the recording of all deeds of sale with the County and the management of information for property owners and interment location information. They can be reached at 512-453-2320.

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Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection is comprised of records of individual burials in the various city cemeteries. Most of this information is found in bound ledger and index books. The burial ledger books contain burial date, name, age, gender, color, nativity, disease, attending physician, where buried, by whom buried, and remarks; completeness of data varies by ledger. The index books contain date of burial, book and page number in the record, the cemetery name, section, lot, space, and notes; completeness varies by ledger. The property ledgers contain section, lot, location, deeded to, date paid, amount, deed issued date, and transfers.

There are some records regarding general administrative management of the cemeteries and maps of the cemeteries.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into 6 series:


  • I. Administrative Records (includes general indexes and reports for all cemeteries)
  • II. Oakwood Cemetery
  • III. Oakwood Annex
  • IV. Austin Memorial Park
  • V. Evergreen
  • VI. Travis County International
Note: There is not a separate series for Plummers Cemetery as there are no specific records for this cemetery.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

The ledger books may not be photocopied due to preservation concerns.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Organizations:
Austin (Tex.). Parks and Recreation Department. City Cemeteries Division
Places:
Oakwood Cemetery
Oakwood Cemetery Annex
Austin Memorial Park Cemetery
Evergreen Cemetery
Plummers Cemetery
Travis County International Cemetery

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Related Material

AF Subject Files:


  • AF - Cemeteries C2100(3) Austin Memorial Park
  • AF - Cemeteries C2100(33) Evergreen
  • AF - Cemeteries C2100(79) Plummers
  • AF - Cemeteries C2100(103) Travis County International
  • AF - Cemeteries - Oakwood C2150

AF Photograph Files


  • AF - Cemeteries - Oakwood C2150

Archives and Manuscripts


  • AR.2005.030 Laura Knott Papers

General Collection


  • Knott, Laura L. Oakwood Cemetery Cultural Landscape Report. 2005. Call # 929.5097643 KN

Architectural Archives


  • CHP-1. FF-03/CHP. Page, C. H. Mausoleum: Memorial project for Dr. and Mrs. Goodall Wooten, n.d. 1 watercolor rendering of stone mausoleum.
  • JRW-026. R-002. 6060. White, J. Roy. Oakwood Cemetery Stone Building, 1944. 1 blueprint.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

These records were transferred to the archives from the Parks and Recreation Department. The transfers occurred at different times, though most of the records came when the City of Austin contracted with Intercare to manage the cemeteries.

Preferred Citation

Austin (Tex.). Parks and Recreation Department, Cemeteries Division Records (AR.2001.003). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1968/063

Donation Date: varies

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

I. Administrative Records, 1859-1999

This series includes general records regarding the management of the cemeteries and overall operations of the division. Ledger books that document work done at all cemeteries are also included here.
Box Folder
1 1 Permission to Inter - Miller, Lane Morris, Barnes, Marley
2 Disinterment applications, Lucille Turbiville, J. B. Robitshcer, Nell I. Walker, 1981
3 Cemeteries, general, 1966-1970
Operational memorandums and reports, maps, correspondence.
4 Snead, Plummer
Includes list of burials for Plummers Cemetery, Confederate burials in Oakwood, operational correspondence, and other correspondence.
5 Northwest Recreation Center
Use of 8 acres of land formerly purchased for Austin Memorial Park to be used as a site for the rec. center.
6 Historical Cemetery Information
Includes information on Highland Park Cemetery, information on 1891-1893 burials from the Oakwood Index Book, legal records in regards to the Stiles tract, and other Stiles family information.
7 Lot Sales: Austin Memorial Park, Evergreen Cemetery, Oakwood, Oakwood Cemetery Annex, 1946-1947
8 General Correspondence - Stiles, Evergreen, Oakwood, 1955, 1962-1963
9 Correspondence and Memorandums; maps - Evergreen, Stiles, Highland Park
Box Folder
2 Evergreen and Oakwood Cemeteries. Burials by lot # and name, undated
Location
Oversized Volumes Book 1 - Index, All Cemeteries, Beginning-1939
Book 2 - Index, All Cemeteries, Beginning-1939
Book 3 - All City Cemeteries, Index, Disinterred/Cremated, January 1, 1925 - September 30, 1948
Book 4 - Index to City Cemeteries, 1940-
Book 5 - Index, All City Cemeteries, October 1, 1948 - October 30, 1973
Book 6 - Index to City of Austin Cemeteries, January 1, 1940 - October 30, 1973
Book 14 - Monument Settings, November 3, 1941 - December 31, 1961
Book 15 - City of Austin Minutes Book 21, circa 1921-1976
Book includes lists of transactions for lot owners, removals, lots resold, lots deeded to the city, index to blocks 1-10, Jewish cemetery, alphabetical owner index, alphabetical index to single graves, revenue, and interments.
Location
Microfilm Room Oakwood Cemetery, undated
The film is labeled as Oakwood Cemetery, but the index includes burials in Oakwood, Evergreen, Austin Memorial Park, Mt. Calvary, Bethany, Travis County International, Texas State, and Plummers cemeteries.
City of Austin Cemetery System Internment Report 1979-1999
These are periodic reports indexing all burials in city cemeteries.
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Negatives file drawer Color slides of 16 cemeteries. Cemeteries include Bethany, Burditts Prairie, Chote, Davidson-Littlepage, Davis, Fiskville, Goodrich, Greenwood, Maria de la Luz, Masonic, San Jose, St. Paul's, Tarleton, Tucker, Walnut Creek, and Williamson Creek. undated

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II. Oakwood Cemetery, 1859-1973

This series contains all the records specific to Oakwood Cemetery, including ledgers and maps. The Oakwood Cemetery was also called the City Cemetery or Austin City Cemetery at various times.
Box Folder
3 Book 21 - Alexander Eanes Cemetery (City/Oakwood), October 3, 1859 - May 6, 1866
Box Folder
1 Book 8 - Oakwood Cemetery interments, July 24, 1866 - December 19, 1880
A transcribed, searchable version of this book is available online.
Location
Oversized Volumes Book 9 - Cemetery Record, March 17, 1874 - December 30, 1900
A transcribed, searchable version of this book is available online.
Book 7 - Index-Cemetery Record-Oakwood Cemetery, January 1901 - December 30, 1924
A transcribed, searchable version (partial) of this book is available online.
Book 10 - Death Record and Index, November 24, 1914 - January 30, 1933 (1936)
Book 11 - Record of Property Sold, February 4, 1874 - August 3, 1940
Location
Microfilm room Day Books, 1926-1978
Day books include entries of daily work conducted on the grounds, such as grave opening and closing and deliveries.
Location
Microfilm Room Lot Description Book, undated
This describes where the deceased is buried, providing a diagram with the names of each person buried in the particular lot. Listings are arranged in Lot # order and include Name, Record of Death, and Page No.
Index Book, 1939-1973
Location MapNo.
Maps M-0038 Plat of old section of City Cemetery, July 31, 1911
M-0043(Ro) Oakwood Cemetery, part of section 2, undated
M-0044(Ro) Original southwest quarter, Oakwood Cemetery, undated
M-0045(Ro) Original northwest quarter, Oakwood Cemetery, undated
M-0042(Ro) Original northeast quarter, Oakwood Cemetery, undated

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III. Oakwood Annex, 1915-1979

Box Folder
2 Book 17 - Oakwood Annex, Record of Lots Sold, December 17, 1915 - May 3, 1930
Box Folder
3 Book 18 - Oakwood Annex, Section A, Lot Descriptions, ? - March 22, 1979
Book 19 - Oakwood Annex, Section F, Lot Descriptions, ? - March 22, 1979
Book 20 - Oakwood Annex, Section G, Lot Descriptions, ? - March 22, 1979
Location
Oversized Volumes Book 11 - Record of Property Sold, May 25, 1928 - March 25, 1958
Location
Microfilm Room Lot Description Book, undated
This describes where the deceased is buried, providing a diagram with the names of each person buried in the particular lot. Listings are arranged in Lot # order and include Name, Record of Death, and Page No.
Lots Sold, 1915-1969
This is a record of lots sold. Headings include section, lot, space, cemetery name, deeded to , paid (date), amount, deed issued, request no., and transfer name.
Location MapNo.
Maps M-0034 Oakwood Cemetery Annex, Austin Texas, December 12, 1929
M-0047 Pauper Addition to Section D of Oakwood Cemetery Annex, July 12, 1933
M-0049 Single space resubdivision of a portion of Section G, Oakwood Cemetery Annex, City of Austin, Texas, February 14, 1939
M-0041(Ro) Infant lot re-subdivision, Section "A," Oakwood Cemetery Annex, October 11, 1926
M-0050(Ro) Oakwood Cemetery Annex, Austin, Texas, exhibit "A", October 11, 1915

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IV. Austin Memorial Park, 1928-1980

Box Folder
4 Book 22 - Austin Memorial Park, Lot Deeds Issues for lots sold, May 29, 1941 - December 31, 1978
Box Folder
Box 4 Book 24 - Austin Memorial Park, Lots Sold, alphabetical listing, undated
Box Folder
4 Book 25 - Austin Memorial Park, Day Book, May 3, 1965 - September 30, 1976
Entries of daily work conducted on the grounds, such as grave opening and closing and deliveries.
Box Folder
5 Book 26 - Austin Memorial Park, Lot Owners, alphabetical listing, undated
Book 27 - Austin Memorial Park, Monument/Stone Placement, name and date of deceased, January 31, 1962 - December 21, 1972
Book 28 - Austin Memorial Park, Lot Sales, ? - November 20, 1980
Box Folder
6 Book 29 - Austin Memorial Park, Lot Owners, ? - May 21, 1940
Duplicate of Book 30.
Book 30 - Austin Memorial Park, Lot Owners, ? - May 21, 1940
Duplicate of Book 29.
Book 31 - Austin Memorial Park, Lot Owners, alphabetical sequence, undated
Box Folder
7-11 Austin Memorial Park Interments, undated
Individual card files for Austin Memorial Park that contain bonds for deeds, lot owner records, interments, burial/removal permits, contracts for plots, obituaries, personal memos, and death certificates, all filed alphabetically. Box 7: A-E; Box 8: F-J; Box 9: K-Mc; Box 10: N-R; Box 11: S-Z.
Location
Oversized Volumes Book 12 - State Record (Sexton's records, lists, name, age, sex, race, nativity, physician, disease, where buried), April 25, 1928 - February 26, 1967
Book 13 - Record of Property Sold, through November 20, 1980
Location
Microfilm room Day Books, 1941-1979
Day books include entries of daily work conducted on the grounds, such as grave opening and closing and deliveries.
Location
Microfilm Room Index Book, 1940-1973
Index to all burials
Lot Description Book, undated
This describes where the deceased is buried, providing a diagram with the names of each person buried in the particular lot. Listings are arranged in Lot # order and include Name, Record of Death, and Page No.
Property Owner Book, undated
Property owners listed alphabetically by name.
Space Sales, undated
This lists sales in lot number order.
Record of Property Sold, undated
Listed in block/lot number order.
Location MapNo.
Maps N-0160 Memorial Park Cemetery, September 1968

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V. Evergreen, 1926-1979

Box Folder
4 Book 23 - Lots sold, in alphabetical order and by date, October 17, 1927 - December 20, 1979
Location
Microfilm Room Lot Description Book, undated
This describes where the deceased is buried, providing a diagram with the names of each person buried in the particular lot. Listings are arranged in Lot # order and include Name, Record of Death, and Page No.
Location MapNo.
Maps M-0046 Map of Evergreen Cemetery for Colored, April 22, 1926
M-0048 Map of Block "A" Evergreen Cemetery, October 11, 1926

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VI. Travis County International, undated

Location
Microfilm Room Lot Description Book, undated
This describes where the deceased is buried, providing a diagram with the names of each person buried in the particular lot. Listings are arranged in Lot # order and include Name, Record of Death, and Page No.

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