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Northern California Gravestone Typology Collection MSS.331
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  • Access Restrictions
  • Usage Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Arrangement note
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Custodial History note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • General note

  • Title: Northern California Gravestone Typology Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.331
    Contributing Institution: California State University, Chico, Special Collections, Meriam Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.95 Linear feet Boxes: 4
    Date: 2010-2011
    Language of Materials note: English
    Related Collections: Description and interpretation of gravestone typology: using four Northern California cemeteries to examine culture change / by Amy McFarland. Call number: GN25 .M335 2008
    creator: McFarland, Amy

    Access Restrictions

    Collection is open for research without restriction.

    Usage Restrictions

    No restrictions.

    Publication Rights

    The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Amy McFarland

    Preferred Citation note

    Northern California Gravestone Typology Collection, MSS 331, Special Collections, Meriam Library, California State University, Chico.

    Arrangement note

    Gravestone and cemetery photos were removed from the original albums for preservation purposes. Each album was assigned a book number. The back of each photo was labeled with the album, page and position on page. At times multiple photos were taken of a gravestone and housed within one position (sleeve). In that case, photos were then assigned an alpha designation with (a) being photo exposed position in the album and subsequent ones behind. Example: B1, P1, P1b B1=book 1, P1= page 1, 1 = position 1, second photo in sleeve, found directly behind exposed photo.
    Position number:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 assigned from left to right, top to bottom.
    Assigned book numbers: Book 1: Oroville Pioneer Cemetery, Thompson Flat Cemetery, Coutolenc Cemetery Book 2: Cherokee Cemetery part 1 overview, A-O, Book 3: Cherokee Cemetery part 2, P-Z Book 4: Marysville Cemetery overview, A-Herbert Book 5: Maysville Cemetery Heyne-Thomas Book 6: Maysville, Townsend-Y, Nimshew Cemetery
    Gravestone photos were reordered into boxes to reflect the order found in the typology spreadsheet.

    Biographical/Historical note

    The cemeteries chosen for this project were a sampling of pioneer cemeteries in Butte and Yuba counties. The objective of the project was to establish a gravestone typology. This collection builds upon earlier research done by Amy McFarland

    Custodial History note


    Scope and Contents note

    The research project examines six Northern California cemeteries of Cherokee, Coutolenc, Marysville, Nimshew, Oroville Pioneer and Thompson Flat. The project documents gravestones of the cemeteries with photographs. A typology was created of material, marker type, design, membership symbols, epitaph, age, and family position for each of the gravestones.

    General note

    This collection is the result of a research project funded by an Ellen Deering Endowment grant.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Butte County (Calif.) -- History.
    Cemeteries -- California, Northern -- History.
    Cherokee (Calif.) -- History.
    Marysville (Calif.) -- History.
    Oroville (Calif.)--History.
    Paradise (Calif.) -- History.
    Sepulchral monuments -- California, Northern -- History.
    Yuba County (Calif.) -- History.