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Association for Gravestone Studies Ephemera Collection, 1788-1939
1 box (0.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 651

Abstract:
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.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Historical Note

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.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

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.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Association for Gravestone Studies Ephemera Collection (MS 651). Special Collections and University Archives, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

History of the Collection

Acquired from the Association for Gravestone Studies, November 2009; many items were the gift of Mrs. Sidney Eslinger to the AGS.

Processing Information

Processed by Dex Haven, January 2010.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Special Collections and University Archives
W.E.B. Du Bois Library
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003-9275

Phone: (413) 545-2780
Fax: (413) 577-1399
Language
English

Contents List
Ancient Order of United Workmen of Mass., Assessment and dues card for membership in Wantastiquet Lodge, No. 71, A.O.U.W.
1920


Bosworth, G. L. , Invoice from C. D. Allen for flagstone, Holyoke, Mass.
1885 Apr. 25


"North River Blue Stone for curbing, guttering, street crossings, sidewalks, &c.

Bruton Parish Church: A Brief History, With a Map and Key List of Tombstones in the Church and Yard (Williamsburg, Va.,1939)
1939


Ownership signature of L. Sidney Eslinger 1940 on front wrap

Clement, C., Letter to "my dear Elizabeth"
1876 Sept. 11


On letterhead of Clement, Sons & Co. Producers of Rutland Marble

Connecticut Courant & Weekly Intelligencer
1788 Nov. 3


Includes advertisement, p. 2, for Shaler and Hall stone quarry, Chatham "for public or private Buildings, Flags, Grave-Stones or Monuments. .. "

Fair Haven Marble & Marbleized Slate Co., Circular letter to Electrical Engineers offering slate for use "where it is desirable in electrical Mechanism." Fair Haven, Vt.
Undated
2 copies

Fair Haven Marble and Marbleized Slate Co., Letter to Farr Alpaca Company, quote for slate, Fair Haven, Vt.
1895 Dec. 23


Frawley, John, Business cards (3) printed envelope, and printed shipping label
Undated


Frawley listed on his business cards alternately as a dealer in Granite & Marble Monuments and Quarryman, Erving, Mass.

Frawley, John, Receipt to the Ladies Aid Society for lumber, Wendell Depot, Mass.
1908 June 5


Also includes blank printed receipt form

Lamprey & Dickey, Business card, Lanconia, N.H.
ca.1890


"Manufacturers and dealers in monuments, tablets, gravestones"

Meade, P. F., Letter to Samuel M. Green, Holyoke, Mass.
1895 May 14


Agrees to furnish brownstone sills and granite doors sills. Meade was a dealer in "Building Stone and Monumental Work"

Memorial cards
1888 Sept 23, Nov. 26


Cards for Elizabeth Leach (d. Sept. 23, 1888) and Mrs. Elizabeth Phelps (d. Nov. 26, 1888). Backmark on Leach for Memorial Card Company, Philadelphia, Pa.

Pelkey, W. H., Letter to Farr Alpaca Company, quote for slate, Holyoke, Mass.
1895 Dec. 21


On letterhead of W.H. Pelkey Slate and Iron Works

Sheldon Marble Co., Letter to Farr Alpaca Co. regarding use of oil as fuel, West Rutland, Vt.
1890 June 14


On letterhead of Sheldon Marble Co.

Smith, Noah, Receipt for pair of gravestones (60 letters) to Jos. Doe
1819 Oct. 6


United States.Bureau of Mines , Accident report for Quarries to John Frawley
1916


Printed form not completed

Vermont Marble Company, Letter to Farr Alpaca Co. regarding oil burners, Proctor, Vt.
1892 Feb. 18


Mentions Standard Oil Co. problems

W. N. Flynt Granite Co., Letter to Farr Alpaca Co. (offering to purchase a boiler), Monson, Mass.
1893 Mar. 2


On letterhead of W. N. Flynt Granite Co.

Wall and McCormick, Letter to Farr Alpaca Co. regarding delivery of stone for beds, Holyoke, Mass.
1891 Jan. 24


On letterhead of "Wall and McCormick, Workers in Stone"


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Marble industry and trade.
  • Slate industry.

Contributors
  • Fair Haven Marble and Marbleized Slate Co.
  • Farr Alpaca Co.

Genre terms
  • Business cards.
  • Circular letters.
  • Ephemera.
  • Memorial cards.


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