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Mickey Funeral Home papers

 Collection
Identifier: AMN 1021

Collection Overview

The Mickey Funeral Home Papers consist of these series: Business and Financial Materials (1906-1934) pertaining to the firm and its operation, with correspondence, financial ledgers, and account books making up its the bulk; funeral materials (1914-1933) containing biographical data on the deceased, entered in three insurance books; and miscellaneous materials (1915-1929), consisting of visual materials, church-related materials, publications, and personal correspondence. Of note are occasional references of donations to the NAACP, and other organizations like the Humane Brotherhood Association, the YMCA and YWCA. With printed announcements of the Federation of Charleston regarding organizing the People's Federation Bank for African Americans, otherwise known as the Black Bank. Also included are financial records (1915-1918) regarding the guardianship of a minor Isaiah Williams, son of deceased Henry Williams, with Edward Mickey serving as Bondsman.

Dates

  • 1906-1934

Creator

Language of Materials

Material is in English

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

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Historical Note

The Mickey Funeral Home was established in Charleston, South Carolina in 1894 by Edward Mickey (1850-1899), who helped found the Humane Brotherhood Association in 1843 and who was a state legislator during Reconstruction. At his death in 1899, Edwin G. Harleston (1854-1931), brother of Edward Mickey's wife, Hannah Harleston Mickey (1848-1928), took over the firm until the two Mickey sons, Richard Harleston Mickey (1889-1934) and Edward Crum Mickey (1883-1965), became of age. Upon graduating from Avery Normal Institute in 1901 Edward Crum Mickey (who also helped found the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Charleston and was active in the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), learned the trade and worked with Edwin G. Harleston at the funeral home. The company split in 1913; the Mickey Funeral Home re-established itself as an individual entity, run by the two brothers and their mother Hannah, while Edwin G. Harleston founded the Harleston Funeral Home. In the early 1930s, E.C. Mickey decided to build an expensive funeral parlor at 50 Cannon Street. The business failed and the firm shut down in 1933.

Extent

2.0 linear feet (4 archival boxes, 1 oversize box)

Abstract

The Mickey Funeral Home was established in Charleston, South Carolina in 1894 by Edward Mickey (1850-1899). At his death, Edwin G. Harleston (1854-1931), brother of Edward Mickey's wife, Hannah Harleston Mickey (1848-1928), took over the firm until the two Mickey sons, Richard Harleston Mickey (1889-1934) and Edward Crum Mickey (1883-1965), became of age. In 1901, Edward Crum Mickey learned the trade and worked with Edwin G. Harleston at the funeral home. The company split in 1913; the Mickey Funeral Home re-established itself as an individual entity, run by the two brothers and their mother Hannah, while Edwin G. Harleston founded the Harleston Funeral Home. In the early 1930s, E.C. Mickey decided to build an expensive funeral parlor at 50 Cannon Street. The business failed and the firm shut down in 1933.

The Mickey Funeral Home Papers consist of three series: Business and Financial Materials (1906-1934) pertaining to the firm and its operation, with correspondence, financial ledgers, and account books making up its the bulk; funeral materials (1914-1933) containing biographical data on the deceased, entered in three insurance books; and miscellaneous materials (1915-1929), consisting of visual materials, church-related materials, publications, and personal correspondence. With printed announcements of the Federation of Charleston regarding organizing the People's Federation Bank for African Americans. Also included are financial records (1915-1918) regarding the guardianship of a minor Isaiah Williams, son of deceased Henry Williams, with Edward Mickey serving as Bondsman.

Collection Arrangement

1. Business and Financial Material

2. Funeral Material

3. Miscellaneous Material

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Lancia, May 2006

Encoded by Melissa Bronheim, July 2010

Funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation supported the processing of this collection.

Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the collection processing and encoding of this finding aid.

Title
Inventory of the Mickey Funeral Home papers, 1906 - 1934
Author
Processed by: Jessica Lancia; machine-readable finding aid created by: Melissa Bronheim
Date
© 2010
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English
Sponsor
Funding from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the collection processing and encoding of this finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture Repository

Contact:
125 Bull Street
Charleston South Carolina 29424 United States
843-953-7608