UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Guide to the San Antonio Cremation Company Records

Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Creator San Antonio Cremation Company
Title: San Antonio Cremation Company Records
Inclusive dates: 1885-1900
Abstract: Records contain office files and minutes relating to the beginnings of the San Antonio Cremation Company.
Identification: AR 76
Extent: 1 box, containing 14 items + bound minutes
Language: Materials are in written in English with a few German dates.
Repository University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, UTHSC Libraries, University Archives, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900

Administrative History Note

The San Antonio Cremation Company was first organized on June 3, 1885, at a meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Prof. Rote was elected chairman and Otto Solms secretary. Two committees were appointed to draft a charter and bylaws. At the second meeting on June 17, 1885, trustees for the first year were appointed. By the third meeting on July 6, 1885, a charter from the Texas Secretary of State had been approved and the following were elected as officers: Dr. B. E. Hadra – president, M. F. Corbett – vice president, Albert Maverick – secretary, F. Groos – treasurer, and J. W. Mueller – cor. secretary. The last minutes in the records is dated March 4, 1889, but it is not known if meetings occurred after that time.


Information taken from minutes for first 3 meetings.

Scope and Contents

The San Antonio Cremation Company Records contain meeting minutes, financial statements, a report from the architect, and lists of shareholders.


Arrangement of Collection

Records are arranged in 1 box in 2 series as follows:
Series 1: Minutes
Series 2: Office Files


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use. Materials may be viewed in the reading room of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Physical Access

Some materials are very brittle or torn on the edges and may require an electronic copy or photocopy for use.


San Antonio Cremation Company


Mortuary Practice - history -- Texas

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the San Antonio Cremation Company Records, AR 76, University Archives, UTHSC Libraries, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.


Materials in this collection were donated in 1970 to the library of the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio by the Bexar County Medical Society.

Collection History

Received as part of a donation of manuscripts and historical books from the Bexar County Medical Society Library in 1970.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by: Anne Comeaux, October 2011.

Detailed Description of Collection


Series 1. Minutes

Box Item
AR 76 1 Bound ledger containing minutes of meetings of the San Antonio Cremation Company from June 3, 1885, to February 4, 1889.


Series 2. Office Files
1 folder

Box Folder
AR 76 1 Office Files
14 items
Financial statement of San Antonio Cremation Co. Entries from Dec. 1886 – April 1888.
S.A. Crematory Building Architects Report submitted by Wahrenbergen and Beckmann Archts, dated October 4, 1887.
Note to Dr. Ed Hertzberg from A D Wagner asking for call of meeting for directors, dated 1/23/1888. Verso has notes for January 24, 1888 meeting.
Notes for June 4, 1888, meeting.
Notes for February 4, 1889, meeting.
Notes for March 4, 1889, meeting. Note: Official minutes for this meeting not in bound ledger.
Shares (purchases?) No date.
Document with list of names and tally marks.
Document with list of names and dollar amounts.
List of collected and posted amounts for March, April, May 1899.
List of names with tally marks. Dated Mai.
List of names with tally marks. Dated Juni 1900.
List of names and dollar amounts, some marked paid. No date.
List of names. No date.