Mount Auburn Cemetery Letterpress Copying Books

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Letters (1860-1924) between Mount Auburn Cemetery's Superintendents, Secretaries, Treasurers, and Lot Proprietors. This collection of 65 letterpress copying books provides a first hand account of a time period that included the creation of a greenhouse and nursery, appointment of a permanent Gardener's position, the installation of fountains in the ponds, and the creation of a committee to protect, encourage and introduce birds within the property. Letterpress copying represents the first viable means of producing copies other than a longhand duplicate. The process, in which the original letter was transferred to a page in the copybook by a blotting process of the still wet ink, was common from the mid-19th century to the early 20th century.
Copying Book: Superintendent's Letters, 1873

Copying Book: Superintendent's Letters, 1873

481 pages: 0% indexed, 60% transcribed, 39% needs review
Copying Book: Secretary's Letters, 1860

Copying Book: Secretary's Letters, 1860

521 pages: 61% indexed, 99% transcribed, 1% needs review
Copying Book: Superintendent's Letters, 1876

Copying Book: Superintendent's Letters, 1876

762 pages: 0% indexed, 4% transcribed, 70% needs review
Copying Book: Superintendent's Letters, 1879-1880

Copying Book: Superintendent's Letters, 1879-1880

759 pages: 0% indexed, 3% transcribed, 45% needs review
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Avenues and Paths, Landmarks at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Lot Numbers, Organizations and Companies, People, Places