Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.

Series 1
Hanley's Bell Street Funeral Home records, 1907-1997 (bulk 1950-1989)
Boxes 1-106, OP 1-12, BV 1-12, and OBV 1-2

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of correspondence, financial records, funeral records, and other administrative records detailing the day-to-day operations of Hanley's Bell Street Funeral Home from 1907-1997, with the bulk of material spanning the 1950s-1980s. Correspondence contains letters to and from suppliers, customers, insurance companies, attorneys, and professional organizations. Additional correspondence documents the business's involvement with local organizations and community events. Financial records document the business's income and expenditures from 1930-1997, with the bulk of material spanning 1940-1960. Included are bank statements, checkbooks, deposit slips, and receipt books, alongside ledgers that document payroll expenses and operating costs. Also included are tax records and documentation relating to a small number of rental properties owned by the business.

The funeral records are the largest of the four subseries and includes all documentation and correspondence relating to the planning and organization of specific funerals that took place at Hanley's Bell Street Funeral Home. The subseries includes over 2,400 client files. The client files detail individual funerals and include insurance documents, correspondence between the funeral home and the family and friends of the deceased, funeral programs, documents relating to the funeral's cost and payment, forms used to create official death certificates, and legal documents. Also included in the subseries are a large number of certificates of death, originally bound into ledgers and dating from 1922-1995. Created by the funeral home, the certificates of death provide details about the deceased, such as the date of death, cause of death, place of residence, occupation, and surviving relatives. Records relating to the funeral home's ambulance service document trips provided to patients, with details about the associated costs.

Finally, other administrative records document the daily administrative tasks relating to the funeral home and the undertaking business. The materials include permits and forms, appointment books, and various notes and notebooks.

Arrangement Note

Organized into four subseries: (1.1) Correspondence, (1.2) Financial records, (1.3) Funeral records, and (1.4) Other administrative records.

Description of Subseries