Guide to the New England Undertaking Company Funeral Records
1905-1929

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: New England Undertaking Company
Title: New Englad Undertaking Company Funeral Records
Dates: 1905-1929 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.2 linear feet (10 volumes)
Collection Number: Ms 73
Summary: The New England Undertaking Company operated in Spokane from 1905 to 1929, when it was merged with the Ball-Bumgarner-Swanson Funeral Home. The collection contains funeral records from all 24 years of the company's existence.
Repository: Eastern Washington State Historical Society/Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
Joel E. Ferris Research Library and Archives

2316 W. First Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: (509) 363-5313
Fax: (509) 363-5303
Email: archives@northwestmuseum.org

Languages: Materials are inEnglish 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a Department of Education Teaching American History grant administered by Educational Service District 101 and Eastern Washington University.

Historical Note

John. M. Knight established the New England Undertaking Company in Spokane in 1905. He operated the business in conjuction with a furniture making establishment until his death in 1929, when the undertaking company was mered with the Ball-Bumgarner-Swanson Funeral Home.

Content Description

The collection consists of ten volumes of funeral records arranged in chronological order, covering all years of operation.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is not restricted.

Restrictions on Use :  

Collection is open for general use.

Preferred Citation :  

New England Undertaking Company Funeral Records (Ms 73), Eastern Washington State Historical Society/Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, WA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The volumes are arranged chronologically.

Note that box 3 of the collection also contains records from Turnbull Funeral Home Records (Ms 74).

Acquisition Information :  

Gift of Don Ball. Accession number L87-51.

Related Materials :  

See:

  • Turnbull-Merager Funeral Home Records (Ms 74)
  • Thornhill-Geraghty Funeral Home Records (Ms 80)


Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Box/Folder
1/1 Funeral Records 10 Mar. 1905 - 29 Aug. 1907
1/2 Funeral Records 1 Sept. 1907 - 30 May 1909
1/3 Funeral Records 31 May 1909 - 26 Nov. 1910
1/4 Folder Missing
1/5 Funeral Records 13 Nov. 1912 - 8 July 1914
2/1 Funeral Records 11 July 1914 - 26 Aug. 1916
2/2 Funeral Records 26 Aug. 1916 - 12 Apr. 1918
2/3 Funeral Records 14 Apr. 1918 - 21 May 1920
2/4 Funeral Records 18 May 1920 - 27 Nov. 1922
2/5 Funeral Records 26 Nov. 1922 - 30 Nov. 1925
3/1 Funeral Records 2 Dec. 1925 - 14 Dec. 1929

Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) WorldCat database. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search WorldCat using these headings

  • Personal Names :
  • Knight, John M.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Spokane (Wash.)--Business, industries, and trades--Undertakers
  • Washington (State)--Business, industries, and trades--Undertakers
  • Subject Terms :
  • Funeral homes--Washington (State)
  • Undertakers and undertaking--Washington (State)
    • Corporate Names :
    • New England Undertaking Co.

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