Materials deposited cover the breadth of the Cremation Society’s history and activities from its foundation up until 2014, though the strength of the collection is in its twentieth Century records. The collection includes the contents of theSociety’s Library holdings of books, journals, pamphlets and trade literature. The research interests of the Society are extensive and, as well as early propaganda material, it includes resources on developments in cremation practice, to bereavementand architecture. Parliamentary papers and official publications, including the developments in the statutory forms for cremation which the Society established, are filed separately.
Additional printed material in the collections is an extensive series of cuttings books which, begin prior to the foundation of the society and represent popular topics and issues around the topic of disposal of dead throughout its history. Thesecuttings also show the Society's copntinuing interest in the cremation movement overseas.
The archive covers the administration of the Society, its accounts and finances and constitution as well as the administration of the Cremation Friendly Assurance Society from its establishment, to member lists and changes in constitution.
Correspondence is extensive and includes general enquiries from the public and researchers, between Society members and the Society’s administrative correspondence. There is particular emphasis on the development and arrangement of CremationSociety Annual Conferences. The Society also keeps information and correspondence from similar authorities and related organisations involved in all aspects of cremation, internment and bereavement. Topical correspondence files contain the Society’sresearch, information and correspondence regarding a broad range of subjects, advisory boards and projects. For example the Society have been very active in the establishment and architecture of new crematoria; they have been pivotal in theacceptance of Cremation in a number of religions, most notably the Roman Catholic Church; the Society has also been active in consultations regarding environmental impact studies, particularly in the reduction of mercury from cremation emissions, sotopical files cover the extent of this research and engagement.
There is also an extensive collection of letters, promotional material and background information on cremation which has been created and collected by the Society. Information files are likely to have been created and retained for backgroundinformation for Pharos, of which many files include relevant clippings. Similarly, there is a sequence of survey results and questions sent to crematoriums in the UK and cremation authorities worldwide for statistics published inPharos.
The archive has a strong international character with a series of overseas correspondence which reflects that the society has had close contacts with cremationist bodies in other countries since its foundation. During the course of its history anumber of Cremation Society members have acted as representatives on the International Cremation Federation's council and the Society’s holdings of International Cremation Federation (ICF) paperwork is included. These include congress, executive andgeneral council meeting minutes and agendas, official correspondence and correspondence between members of the ICF council