Archive Finding Aid

Collection



Repository

Association for the Preservation of the Historic Congressional cemetery
1801 E Street SE Washington, DC 20003

Collection Title

Historical Congressional Cemetery Archive

Date Range

1807 - 2013

Extent

47 books, 40.5 linear feet, over 15,000 photographs

Accruals

The repository continues to add materials to this collection on a regular basis.

Creator

HCC, Various

Scope and Contents

The Historic Congressional Cemetery archives contains materials in six series: daily interment logs, range and site records, business records, range and site files, public files, and tombstone photographs. Most of the records contain information about the day-to-day running of the cemetery, but there are also files containing biographical information about the residents, and other documents sent to the cemetery by the families of residents or the general public.

Conditions of Access and Use

This collection contains records, logs, files, and photographs from the Historic Congressional Cemetery, hereafter referred to as HCC. Members of the general public may access most of these materials, and copies can be made upon request. Digital copies are available for many of the records as well.

Language and Scripts

English
 
Series


Series Title

Daily Interment Logs

Date Range

1820 - 2013

Accruals

The repository continues to add materials to this collection on a regular basis.

Extent

37 books

Creator

Historic Congressional Cemetery

Scope and Contents

These volumes contain the daily records of burials at HCC. There are also digital copies of these records. For the records prior to 1865, both the site sales and the records of who was interred each day were kept in these books. From 1865 onwards, business records were kept separately from the interment logs.

Conditions of Access and Use

These records are available to the public on-site at HCC. Check the website for hours. Copies are also available by request.

Language and Scripts

English
 
 


Series Title

Range and site records

Date Range

1807 - 2013

Accruals

The repository continues to add materials to this collection on a regular basis.

Extent

10 books

Creator

HCC

Scope and Contents

These records show which residents, as the people who have been buried there are called, are located at each site in the cemetery by range and site designation. There are also digital copies of these records. Range refers to the numbered rows of grave sites, and site refers to the exact plot within a range where a resident has been interred.

Conditions of Access and Use

These records are available to the public on-site at HCC. Check the website for hours. Copies are also available by request.

Language and Scripts

English
 
 


Series Title

Business records

Date Range

1865 - 1903

Extent

1 1/2 feet of lateral file cabinet space

Creator

HCC

Scope and Contents

The business records are kept on ledger pages organized into file folders. There are also digital copies of these records. The business records show site sales in chronological order. Prior to 1865 the business transactions were recorded with the interment logs.

Conditions of Access and Use

These records are available to the public on-site at HCC. Check the website for hours. Copies are also available by request.

Language and Scripts

English
 
 


Series Title

Range and site files

Date Range

approximately 1807-2013

Accruals

The repository continues to add materials to this collection on a regular basis.

Extent

27 linear feet of lateral file cabinet space

Creator

HCC

Scope and Contents

The earliest date of the records is unknown, but they continue to the present. The files are organized by range and site designation, and contain historical information about the particular burial sites and the residents, such as death certificates, letters, and deeds. These files have not been digitized.

Conditions of Access and Use

Because these records contain personal information about particular families, access is limited. Family members and others with legitimate reasons may request access.

Language and Scripts

English
 
 


Series Title

Public files

Date Range

approximately 1807-2013

Accruals

The repository continues to add materials to this collection on a regular basis.

Extent

12 linear feet of lateral file cabinet space

Creator

HCC

Scope and Contents

These files contain documents donated to the cemetery by the public, including newspaper clippings, letters, and biographical information about the residents.

Conditions of Access and Use

These records are available to the public on-site at HCC. Check the website for hours. Copies are also available by request.

Language and Scripts

English
 
 


Series Title

Tombstone photographs

Date Created

1998

Extent

15,000 photographs, on compact disk and HCC’s website

Creator

HCC

Scope and Contents

The photographs are saved in TIFF, JPEG and PDF format. The photographs document the appearance and inscriptions on each tombstone. Some of the tombstones have more than one picture to show multiple sides.

Conditions of Access and Use

The photographs are available on the HCC website, and high-quality, enlargeable versions may be sent via email upon request.

Language and Scripts

English
 
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