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Association for Gravestone Studies

Association for Gravestone Studies Small Collections

ca.1970-2010
2 boxes, 2 tubes 1.5 linear feet
Call no.: MS 990

Members of the Association for Gravestone Studies are actively engaged in research, documentation, and writing about gravemarkers of all periods and styles. Interests within the membership range from the historical, artistic, and cultural aspects of gravestones to preservation and conservation, and the records they produce run the gamut from photography to maps, rubbings, databases, and articles for both scholarly and popular audiences.

This collection consists of small aggregations of material relating to gravestone studies that have been collocated and organized in keeping with the provenance: larger assemblages are maintained as distinct collections. Among the donors represented are (Box 1) Judith Auth, Jim Jewell, Ellen Kosmer, James Smith, and Richard F. Welch; (Box 2): Coolidge, Cranes, Forbes, Harte (from the New England Historical and Genealogical Society), and (not yet mapped) Dorothy Annesser, Janet Bartow, Ruth Cowell, Robert Emlen, Marion Epperson, Lindsey Fisher, Jo Goeselt, Elna Headberg, Bill Jordan, Keene Elementary School, Andy Meier, Patricia Roberts, Edith Sparling, Mary Frances Stewart, Sally Thomas, Marjorie Waterfield, Phyllis Weatherall, and Algona Winslow.

Gift of the Association for Gravestone Studies, 2010-

Subjects

Sepulchral monuments
Association for Gravestone Studies

Association for Gravestone Studies Printed Materials Collection

1812-2005
269 items 14 linear feet
Call no.: RB 004

Founded in 1977, the Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) is an international organization dedicated to furthering the study and preservation of gravestones. Based in Greenfield, Mass., the Association promotes the study of gravestones from historical and artistic perspectives. To raise public awareness about the significance of historic gravemarkers and the issues surrounding their preservation, the AGS sponsors conferences and workshops, publishes both a quarterly newsletter and annual journal, Markers, and has built an archive of collections documenting gravestones and the memorial industry.

The AGS collection contains scarce, out of print, and rare printed works on cemeteries and graveyards, epitaphs and inscriptions, and gravemarkers, with an emphasis on North America. The AGS Books Collection also includes the AGS publication, Markers. The collection is divided into three series: Series 1 (Monographs and Offprints), Series 2 (Theses and Dissertations), and Series 3 (AGS Publications).

Subjects

CemeteriesEpitaphsSepulchral monuments

Contributors

Association for Gravestone Studies
Association for Gravestone Studies

Association for Gravestone Studies Ephemera Collection

1788-1939
1 box 0.25 linear feet
Call no.: MS 651
Depiction of Lamprey and Dickey business card
Lamprey and Dickey business card

Founded in 1977, the Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) is an international organization dedicated to furthering the study and preservation of gravestones. Based in Greenfield, Mass., the Association promotes the study of gravestones from historical and artistic perspectives. To raise public awareness about the significance of historic gravemarkers and the issues surrounding their preservation, the AGS sponsors conferences and workshops, publishes both a quarterly newsletter and annual journal, Markers, and has built an archive of collections documenting gravestones and the memorial industry.

The AGS Ephemera Collections contains a mix of materials relating to gravestones and the slate and marble industries. Most of the items relate to the marble and slate industries in Western Massachusetts and adjacent areas in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Subjects

Marble industry and tradeSlate industry

Contributors

Association for Gravestone StudiesFair Haven Marble and Marbleized Slate CoFarr Alpaca Co

Types of material

Business cardsCircular lettersEphemeraMemorial cards
Association for Gravestone Studies

Association for Gravestone Studies Collection

1975-2008
46 collections
Call no.: MS 610

Founded in 1977, the Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) is an international organization dedicated to the study and preservation of gravestones of all periods and styles. Based in Greenfield, Mass., the AGS sponsors conferences, workshops and exhibits, and publishes an annual journal, Markers, and quarterly bulletin. Their mission is to promote the study of gravestones from historical and artistic perspectives, expand public awareness of the significance of historic grave markers, and encourage individuals and groups to record and preserve gravestones.

The AGS Collection consists of the central records of the organization plus a growing number of photographic archives of gravestone art donated by members and associates. Offering critical documentation of gravestones, tombs, and cemeteries throughout the country, but especially New England.

Collections include:

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Gift of the Association for Gravestone Studies, 2009-2017
Connect to another siteThe AGS publications, Markers
and Newsletter of the AGS are digitized and available online through Credo

Subjects

Sepulchral monumentsStone carving

Contributors

Association for Gravestone Studies
Chase, Theodore

Theodore Chase Papers

1981-2003
3 boxes 4.5 linear feet
Call no.: MS 994

An attorney from Boston, Theodore Chase became a noted scholar of gravestones. He served variously as president of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, keeper of the cabinet of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and he was both a president of the Association for Gravestone Studies and editor of its annual publication, Markers.

This collection document Theodore Chase’s long involvement as an officer of the Association for Gravestone Studies during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Among other materials, the collection includes records of Board of Trustees meetings (1988-2003), materials on organizational legislation, official presidential correspondence (1981-1986), and files from Chase’s tenure as editor of Markers (1988-1992).

Gift of the Association for Gravestone Studies, 2010-

Subjects

Sepulchral monuments

Types of material

Minutes (Administrative records)
Bernardi, Anna

Anna Bernardi Collection

1963-1990
1 box 0.25 linear feet
Call no.: MS 1039

A member of the Association for Gravestone Studies, Anna Bernardi had an interest in the art and iconography of New England Gravestones.

This small collections contains miscellaneous articles on gravestone art and iconography mostly from the 1960s to 1980s, a relatively early period in the field.

Gift of the Association for Gravestone Studies, June 2018
Freeman, James A., 1935-

James A. Freeman Collection

ca.1980-2015
8 boxes 12 linear feet
Call no.: MS 1036

A professor of English at UMass Amherst, James A. Freeman is a scholar of seventeenth century British literature who has compiled an impressively eclectic array of publications and research projects. Educated at Amherst College (AB 1956) and the University of Minnesota (PhD 1968), Freeman joined the faculty in the English Department at UMass shortly after completing his doctorate. He has published on topics ranging from Latin and Greek poets to Shakespeare, Milton, Swift, Tennyson, James Agee, Donald Duck, 17th century regicides, and 1930s radio. He has also served as a regular contributor and editor for the Association for Gravestone Studies Quarterly.

The Freeman Collection contains research materials, drafts, and images from Freeman’s varied research projects in the field of gravestone and cemetery studies.

Gift of James A. Freeman and the Association of Gravestone Studies, June 2018

Subjects

Cemeteries--New EnglandSepulchral monuments--New England
Ferre, Marie

Marie Ferre Collection

1971-2013
2 boxes 0.75 linear feet
Call no.: MS 1040
Depiction of Marie Ferre among the headstones, ca.2004
Marie Ferre among the headstones, ca.2004

Esma-Marie N’Doi Booth was born into a missionary family in the Belgian Congo in Dec. 1932, and attended school there until entering Boston University. She earned her degree in art and art history in 1954, the same year she married the philosopher Frederick Feree, and for much of the next four decades, she worked as an archivist at the colleges and universities where her husband found an academic home: Vanderbilt, Mount Holyoke, and Dickinson. After retiring to Northfield, Mass., in 2000, she became active in local history and historic preservation, including working as archivist for the Association for Gravestone Studies. She died in Greenfield, Mass., in 2016 at the age of 83.

The Ferre collection contains articles, news clippings, and notes on New England gravestones, along with several dozen images taken by Ferre in graveyards during the early 2000s, primarily in Massachusetts.

Gift of the Association for Gravestone Studies, June 2018

Subjects

Sepulchral monuments--ConnecticutSepulchral monuments--Massachusetts

Types of material

Photographs
Ludwig, Allan I.

Allan I. Ludwig Collection

1956-1966
10 boxes 10 linear feet
Call no.: PH 034

An historian and photographer, Allan I. Ludwig’s book Graven Images: New England Stonecarving and Its Symbols, 1650-1815 (1966) played a critical role in the rise in interest in gravestone studies in the 1960s. Born in Yonkers, N.Y., in 1933, Ludwig received his PhD in art history from Yale in 1964 and became involved with the Association for Gravestone Studies beginning with the initial Dublin Seminar for New England Folklife in 1976. He received the AGS Forbes Award in 1980 in recognition of his contributions to gravestone studies. He has been a professor of art history at Dickinson College, Bloomfield College, Rhode Island School of Design, Yale University, and Syracuse University. In addition to his books Reflections Out of Time: A Portfolio of Photographs (1981) and Repulsion: Aesthetics of the Grotesque (1986), Ludwig has curated numerous art exhibitions and exhibited his own photographs worldwide.

The Ludwig Collection consists of many hundreds of photographs of New England and English gravemarkers organized either by the deceased’s name or by the town, as well as copies of all photos used in Graven Images. Also included in the collection is a copy of Ludwig’s dissertation on gravestone iconography and offprints of several of his articles.

Subjects

Sepulchral monuments--New England

Contributors

Association for Gravestone StudiesLudwig, Allan I

Types of material

Photographs
Cemetery Inscriptions Collection

Cemetery Inscriptions Collection

1902-2005
4 boxes 6 linear feet
Call no.: MS 669

Founded in 1977, the Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) is an international organization dedicated to furthering the study and preservation of gravestones. Based in Greenfield, Mass., the Association promotes the study of gravestones from historical and artistic perspectives. To raise public awareness about the significance of historic gravemarkers and the issues surrounding their preservation, the AGS sponsors conferences and workshops, publishes both a quarterly newsletter and annual journal, Markers, and has built an archive of collections documenting gravestones and the memorial industry.

Consisting of self-published and limited-run compilations of gravestone transcriptions from historical cemeteries, the AGS Cemetery Inscriptions Collection offers rich documentation of epitaphs and memorial language, with an emphasis on colonial and early national-era in New England and Ohio. The collection is arranged by state and town.

Subjects

InscriptionsSepulchral monuments

Contributors

Association for Gravestone Studies