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Cremation Ceremony collection


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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The cremation ceremony was a tradition at the end of each school year where the Haverford College sophomore class would burn their least favorite textbook from the year. The tradition was taken very seriously, as invitations were sent out and there were costumes ordered for the participants in the event to wear.

This collection primarily contains programs and invitations for various Haverford College class years' cremation ceremonies. There are also receipts for costumes, torches, and invitations; a list of subscriptions paid by the Class of 1885 for the ceremony; a dirge written by C.W. Baily and A.L. Baily, and an extract of minutes by the Class of 1872 regarding their cremation ceremony.

Processed by Rachel McQueen, completed December 2023.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Rachel McQueen
Finding Aid Date
December, 2023
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Cremation Ceremony collection, 1870 May 17 - 1886 June 18.
Box 1

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