Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Lubbock Cemetery:

An Inventory of its Records, 1917-1990 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Lubbock County (Tex.)
Title: Lubbock Cemetery Records,
Dates: 1917-1990 and undated
Abstract: The records of the Lubbock Cemetery, dating from 1917 to 1990, contain financial materials, burial records, death books, records of lots bought and sold, and permits and maps of the cemetery. The majority of the records came from bound ledger books. A/V material includes microfilm and CD copies of the Death Books and financial files.
Collection # S 1755.1
Quantity: 3 boxes and A/V Material
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

In March 1892, a delegation of Lubbock residents requested five acres of pasture land from rancher H. M. Bandy for use as a cemetery. That same month, they held the first burial, that of Cochran County Cowboy, Henry Jenkins, who died of pneumonia while staying at a local hotel. The first Lubbock resident buried at the city cemetery was Joseph R. Coleman, who died in 1892. His small-crossed shaped headstone, no longer in existence, was the first erected in the cemetery. The cemetery has held as many as four separate burial grounds, segregated by race, faith, and economic level. Various and distinct cemetery associations maintained these burial grounds throughout the twentieth century. One such group, Los Socios Del Sementerio, or associates of the cemetery, provided for the burial of area migrant workers. The cemetery was integrated in the late 1960s. With more than sixty thousand graves, the City of Lubbock cemetery is the third largest in Texas. Burials here represent a broad cross-section of the city's history. Among those interred is the noted rock and roll musician and songwriter Charles Hardin Holley (Buddy Holly).


Scope and Content

A donation of financial materials, burial records, and other files from the Lubbock Cemetery mostly composed of death books from 1917 to the 1950s, which further contain "Colored Burials," the burial records for Buddy Holly, and records of the Spanish language section of the cemetery. It also includes records of lots bought and sold, and permits and maps of the cemetery itself. The majority of the records came from bound ledger books, and these have been preserved in order within the files. A/V material includes microfilm and CD copies of the Death Books and financial files.


 

Organization

The collection is organized alphabetically.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research


Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Holly, Buddy, 1936-1959
Subjects (Organizations)
Lubbock County (Tex.)
Subjects (Places)
Lubbock (Tex.)
Subjects
Cemeteries--Texas--Lubbock

Related Material

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lubbock Cemetery Records, 1917-1990 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Collection accession #(s):
2010-0113-B

Gift, 2010

Processed by

Nicholas Wallace, 2012


Collection Inventory

 

Account Ledgers

box folder
1 1 1952 to 1956



 

Accounts Receiveable

box folder
1 2 Grave Services, 1960 to 1965
3 Misc. Grve Services, undated



 

Babyland

box folder
1 4 Part 1, 1943 to 1944
5 Part 2, 1943 to 1946



 

Block 44 Inventory

box folder
1 6 Buddy Holly Records, 1953 to 1959 and undated



 

Block Maps

box folder
1 7 Lot Purchases, 1978 and undated
8 Lot Purchases Maps



 

Burial Lot Purchases

box folder
1 9 Babyland Blocks, Purchases part 1 1950 to 1990
10 Babyland Blocks, Purchases part 2 1950 to 1990



 

Death Books

box folder
2 1 1914 to 1919
box folder
1 11 1917 to 1930
12 1923 to 1938
13 1930 to 1942
14 1938 to 1939
15 1940
16 1942 to 1955
17 1945 to 1946; "Colored Burials," 1952 to 1957
18 1946 to 1953
box folder
3 1 1946 to 1958
2 1947
3 1950 to 1951
4 1950 to 1952
5 1953 to 1957
6 1953 to 1958; "Colored Burials," 1952 to 1957
7 1955 to 1957



 

Deed Records

box folder
3 8 1929 to 1939



 

Lot Owner's Section

box folder
3 9 1947 to 1957



 

Lot Property Books

box folder
3 10 Blocsk 1 to 40
11 Blocks 43 to 44



 

Lot Purchases

box folder
3 12 Blocks 3 and 4



 

Lot Sales Books

box folder
3 13 Blocks 29, 39, and 40
14 Blocks 40, 41, and 47



 

Misc. Records

box folder
3 15 Maps B1-B26; Burials 1934-1936; Payment Ledger



 

Monument Permits

box folder
3 16 1949 to 1959



 

Property Book

box folder
3 17 Blocks 43 to 45
18 Blocks 46 to 47



 

Sales Contracts Book

box folder
3 19 Part 1, 1947 to 1989
20 Part 2, 1947 to 1989



 

Spanish Section

box folder
3 21 1945 to 1953