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Oakdale Cemetery correspondence and receipts

Identifier: 2010-14

Scope and Contents

Correspondence selected from discarded Oakdale Cemetery (Oakdale Memorial Gardens) records as a representative sample of the cemetery's business transactions, correspondence regarding cemetery lots, and receipts for the design, construction, and maintenance of the public mausoleum, 1930-1939.


  • Creation: 1916-1939


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Oakdale Memorial Gardens, formerly Oakdale Cemetery, was established as a non-profit cemetery by a group of Davenport businessmen as an alternative to the overcrowded Davenport City Cemetery and the for-profit Pine Hill Cemetery, and was incorporated as the Oakdale Cemetery Company May 14, 1856. The cemetery board hired Captain George F. de la Roche, who had finished the design of Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington, D.C. five years earlier, to complete the design and platting of the cemetery. It was designed as a rural or garden cemetery, but it transitioned to a landscape-lawn cemetery beginning in the late 19th century. The community or public mausoleum was designed by Davenport architect Seth J. Temple, and was known as Oakdale Abbey. The non-sectarian mausoleum was built in the early 1930s.


1 Box(es)

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Range 37 Section 08

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Repository Details

Part of the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center Repository

321 Main Street
Davenport IA 52801-1490 United States

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The Special Collections Department of the Davenport Public Library was established in 1982. In November of 1999, the newly renovated department opened to better serve its community and was renamed the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center. The Center acquires, arranges, describes, preserves, and makes available local history and genealogical materials concentrating on those pertaining to Davenport, Scott County, and Eastern Iowa.

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