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Jewish Research and Education - Cuba Family Archives, Finding Aids

Dates:  1941-2011

Creator:  Maple Hill Cemetery (Huntsville, Ala.)

Summary/Abstract:  The Jewish section of Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville, Alabama, was created in 1874 and now consists of over 150 grave monuments and a number of unmarked plots. The records include layouts, publications, histories, receipts, and information on the trust fund that maintains the site.

Quantity/Physical Description: 1.6 linear feet

Language(s):  English

Repository:  The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Restrictions on Access:  There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use:  Copyright restrictions may apply.  Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.  Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation:  Box #, Folder #, Mss 279, Maple Hill Cemetery (Huntsville, Ala.) Records, The Cuba Family Archives for Southern Jewish History, The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30309.

Separated Material:  Photographs removed to visual arts collection.

Processed by:  Jeremy Katz (December, 2013) 

Arrangement: The records are arranged in alphabetically and chronologically within each file.

Biographical/Historical Note:  A number of unmarked plots were set aside as a Hebrew burial ground by the City of Huntsville in 1874. It was the first visible presence of an organized Jewish community in Huntsville. Like many small Jewish communities, Huntsville’s originated with a cemetery. The old Hebrew burial ground served Congregation B’nai Sholom for over one hundred years, until all the grave sites were sold and additional sections along California and McClung Streets were purchased by Temple B’nai Sholom. In 1875, B’nai B’rith organized a Huntsville chapter and shortly thereafter the members organized Congregation B’nai Sholom. From its inception, along with its other duties, B’nai B’rith took responsibility for maintaining the Hebrew burial ground and the Congregation took responsibility for the community’s religious services. During the twentieth century, B’nai B’rith declined as Huntsville’s Jewish population diminished. B’nai B’rith continued to take responsibility for the cemetery until 1941 when Lawrence Bernstein Goldsmith Sr., who was treasurer of the Temple and a member of B’nai B’rith, began collecting for a maintaining the cemetery for the Congregation. The Goldsmith family continued to look after the Jewish section of Maple Hill Cemetery until  2011 when maintenance was handed over to the City of Huntsville. The trust was dissolved and the funds put in the Birmingham Jewish Foundation for the benefit of Temple B'nai Sholom to use for the grave sites of their members in Maple Hill. Note: A full history of the Jewish section of Maple Hill Cemetery written by Margaret Anne Goldsmith is located in Box 1, File 1.

Scope and Content:  Researchers studying the Maple Hill Cemetery Records will gain insight into the Jewish community of Huntsville, Alabama. The records are arranged in alphabetically and chronologically within each file.

Collection Inventory

Box File Description Date
1 1 History of the Jewish section 2011
2 Layout and plans of Jewish section Undated
3 Maintenance and repairs 2010-2011
4 Publication, “Maple Hill Cemetery: Phase One” 1995
5 Receipts 1941
6 Receipts 1942
7 Receipts 1943
8 Receipts 1944
9 Receipts 1945
10 Receipts 1946
11 Receipts 1947
12 Receipts 1948
13 Receipts 1949
14 Receipts 1950
15 Receipts 1951
16 Receipts 1952
17 Receipts 1953
18 Receipts 1954
19 Receipts 1955
20 Receipts 1956
21 Receipts 1957
2 1 Receipts 1958
2 Receipts 1959
3 Receipts 1960
4 Receipts 1961
5 Receipts 1962
6 Receipts 1963
7 Receipts 1964
8 Receipts 1965
9 Receipts 1966
10 Receipts 1967
11 Receipts 1968
3 1 Receipts 1969
2 Receipts 1970
3 Receipts 1971
4 Receipts 1972
5 Receipts 1973
6 Receipts 1974
7 Receipts 1975
8 Receipts 1976
9 Receipts 1977
10 Receipts 1978
4 1 Receipts 1979
2 Receipts 1980
3 Receipts 1981
4 Receipts 1982
5 Receipts 1983
6 Receipts 1984
7 Receipts 1985
8 Receipts 1986
9 Receipts 1987
10 Receipts 1988
11 Receipts 1989
12 Receipts 1990
13 Receipts 1991
14 Receipts 1992
15 Receipts 1993
16 Receipts 1994
17 Receipts 1995
18 Receipts 1996
19 Receipts 1997
20 Receipts 2011
21 Tax exempt status 2007
22 Trust fund 1969-2011


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