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Indianapolis Memorial Park collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2422

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of R. Bruce McPherson ranging from 1927 to 1954 related to his business dealings with the Glen Haven Cemetery Association, Inc. and his investment in the Indianapolis Memorial Park. The collection includes promotional pamphlets, correspondence, and legal documents; it also has two 1928 plat maps of Block 14 with sections purchased by McPherson highlighted, 47 founders deeds for his sections in Block 14 dated August 25, 1928, and deeds for 16 sections purchased in Block 19 dated August 26, 1929.


  • 1927-1954, undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Indianapolis Memorial Park was established by the Glen Haven Cemetery Association in 1927 on land along Kessler Boulevard in Washington Township, Marion County, Indiana. Salesmen sold parcels to purchasers in Indiana, Michigan and other states as investments with the belief that they could resell the ground for a profit to individuals wanting a burial site for their loved ones. R. Bruce McPherson of Howell, Michigan was one of the early investors and purchased several sections. The cemetery, later referred to as the Glen Haven Memorial Park Cemetery, did not succeed as a business venture and went into receivership before being sold in 1954.


Information found within collection.

"Michigan Probes Cemetery Stock: Glen Haven Salesmen Under Scrutiny - Attorney Here Assails Inquiry." Indianapolis Star (IN), March 15, 1928.

"New Cemetery to Open Soon." Indianapolis News (IN), November 19, 1954.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Clifton W. Heller on 1985/09/18.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/09/16 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/09/16 by Laura Eliason.
Indianapolis Memorial Park collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.