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American Cemeteries and Tombstones: Books from the IU Folklore Collection

The IU Folklore Collection contains more than 850 books, audio recordings, web resources, and serials on the general subject of death and dying. Below is a selection of books specifically on cemeteries and gravestones in the United States. These books are available through the IU Bloomington library system. To explore more resources available through the IU Folklore Collection, visit this link:

Baugher, Sherene, Richard F. Veit, and Michael S. Nassaney. 2014. The Archaeology of American Cemeteries and Gravemarkers. The American Experience in Archaeological Perspective. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

Brown, John Gary. 1994. Soul in the Stone: Cemetery Art from American’s Heartland. Lawrence, Kan: University Press of Kansas.

Duval, Francis Y., and Ivan B. Rigby. 1978. Early American Gravestone Art in Photographs. New York: Dover Publications.

Jackson, Kenneth T., and Camilo J. Vergara. 1989. Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery. New York: Princeton Architectural Press.

Keister, Douglas. 2004. Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography. 1st ed. Salt Lake City: Gibbs Smith, Publisher.

McDowell, Peggy, and Richard E. Meyer. 1994. The Revival Styles in American Memorial Art. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press.

Meyer, Richard E., ed. 1989. Cemeteries and Gravemarkers: Voices of American Culture. American Material Culture and Folklife. Ann Arbor, Mich: UMI Research Press.

Petrucci, Armando. 1998. Writing the Dead: Death and Writing Strategies in the Western Tradition. Figurae. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press.

Ridlen, Susanne S. 1999. Tree-Stump Tombstones: A Field Guide to Rustic Funerary Art in Indiana. Kokomo, IN: Old Richardville Publications.

Serials from the Association of Graveyard Studies

The Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) was founded in 1977 for the purpose of furthering the study and preservation of gravestones. AGS is an international organization with an interest in gravemarkers of all periods and styles. The AGS is headquartered in Greenfield, Massachusetts. These serials published by the AGS are available through the IU Folklore Collection at Wells Library. Full text is also available through Hathi Trust.

"Newsletter of the Association for Gravestone Studies" 1977-1995:

"Markers: The Annual Journal of the Association of Gravestone Studies" 1980- :

"AGS Quarterly: Bulletin of the Association for Gravestone Studies" 1996- :
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