Northern California Gravestone Typology Collection MSS.331

Finding aid prepared by Pamela Nett Kruger
California State University, Chico, Special Collections, Meriam Library
400 West First Street
Chico, CA, 95929-0295
(530) 898-6342
September 26, 2012

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.

Box 1

Project binder to include project overview, typology spreadsheet, associated materials and codebook.

Box 2

Gravestone Photographs: Thompson Flat Cemetery, Oroville Pioneer Cemetery, Nimshew Cemetery, Cherokee Cemetery overview-Hottinger

Box 3

Gravestone Photographs: Cherokee Cemetery Howard-Zirkle, Marysville Cemetery overview-Cutts

Box 4

Gravestone Photographs: Marysville Cemetery Dulgren-Young