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Superintendent's Labor Accounts



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Superintendent's Labor Accounts, 1885-1908 | The Green-Wood Cemetery

By Ian Post, Pratt School of Information Intern

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Predominant Dates:1894-1908

Extent: 4.0 Boxes

Arrangement: This series consists of four volumes that are arranged chronologically, dating from 1885 to 1908. Each volume includes an index and is arranged into two subjects: laborers and contractors. These subjects are then arranged alphabetically by last name or company title. Within each cover board's verso were documents that have been removed and stored in folders that precede the volume. Each volume and its associated contents are stored in oversize boxes.

Subjects: Brooklyn--New York, N.Y., Cemeteries--New York (State)--New York--History, Cemetery superintendents, Construction, Contractors, Death--Social aspects--United States, Green-Wood Cemetery--New York, N.Y., Grounds maintenance, Laborers

Languages: English


The Superintendent's Labor Accounts consist of four bound, manuscript volumes of detailed records that document the employee and contractor labor expenses at Green-Wood Cemetery from 1885 to 1891 and 1894 to 1908. Each volume contains tables that provide an account of the nature of the labor, compensation for the work, people or companies involved, materials used in maintenance or construction, and the reason that work was required.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Superintendent's Labor Accounts series includes four bound, manuscript volumes of detailed records that list the employee and contractor labor expenses at Green-Wood Cemetery from 1885 to 1891 and 1894 to 1908. The labor accounts document over two decades of individuals and companies that were associated with the maintenance or construction of grounds, monuments, and mausoleums at Green-Wood Cemetery. The tables and written notes indicate the employee or contractor, date, days of labor, rate of pay, amount paid, lot number (with corresponding name of lot owner), and additional materials used in the labor. Although the records vary between daily, weekly, and monthly work periods, they nonetheless provide an account of the nature of the labor, compensation for the work, people involved, materials used in maintaining the cemetery, and, in some cases, the reason maintenance was required. Each volume is approximately 550 pages and includes indexes that list the names and pages where specific employees and contractors can be found. Despite the deterioration of the bindings, the volumes remain intact. The verso of front and back cover boards on each volume contained loose notes and correspondence that are associated with one or more of the records. Additionally, loose notes and correspondence were also enclosed or bound between pages in certain volumes. All loose items have been removed and stored in folders with notes indicating the original location.

Subject/Index Terms

Brooklyn--New York, N.Y.
Cemeteries--New York (State)--New York--History
Cemetery superintendents
Death--Social aspects--United States
Green-Wood Cemetery--New York, N.Y.
Grounds maintenance

Administrative Information

Repository: The Green-Wood Cemetery

Related Materials: Suggestions to the Lot Owners of the Green-Wood Cemetery, 1883-1941 (ID: 9)

Processing Information: Accession #: 005-2015

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[Box 4: Volume IV, 1903-1908],
[Box 1: Volume I, 1885-1891],
[Box 2: Volume II, 1894-1898],
[Box 3: Volume III, 1899-1902],

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