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Cemetery Bookshelf

My Resources:

Informational, educational and entertaining!

Stop by and read my blog interview with Douglas Keister, author of several books listed here.


Biedermann, Hans. [translated by James Hurlburt]. Dictionary of Symbolism. New York: Penguin. 1994.

Brown, John Gary. Soul In The Stone; Cemetery Art from Americas Heartland. Lawrence, KS: The University Press of Kansas. 1994.

Bruce-Mitford, Miranda. The Illustrated Book of Signs & Symbols. New York: DK Publishing. 1996.

Bunnen, Lucinda; Smith, Virginia Warren. Scoring in Heaven; Gravestones and Cemetery Art of the American Sunbelt States. Aperture. 1991.

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. Your Guide to Cemetery Research. Cincinnati, OH: Betterway Books. 2002.

Colman, Penny. Corpses, Coffins and Crypts. Henry Holt and Company, Inc. 1997.

Cooper, Gaylord. Stories Told In Stone; Cemetery Iconology. Louisville, KY: Motes Books. 2009.

Dhanjal, Beryl. Signs & Symbols. Edison, New Jersey: Chartwell Books, Inc. 2008.

Enss, Chris. Tales Behind the Tombstones; The Deaths and Burials of the Old West’s Most Nefarious Outlaws, Notorious Women and Celebrated Lawmen. 2007.

Ferguson, George. Signs & Symbols in Christian Art. New York: Oxford University Press. 1972.

Galland, China. Love Cemetery. Unburying the Secret History of Slaves. 2007.

Gillon, Jr, Edmund V. Victorian Cemetery Art. New York: Dover Publications. 1972.

Greene, Meg. Rest In Peace; A History of American Cemeteries. Minneapolis, MN: Twenty-First Century Books. 2008.

Guss, John Walker. Savannah's Laurel Grove Cemetery. Charleston South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. 2004.

Keister, Douglas. Stories in Stone; A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography. Layton, Utah. Gibbs Smith. 2004.

Keister, Douglas. Stories in Stone; A Field Guide to New York City Area Cemeteries and Their Residents. Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. 2011.

Keister, Douglas. Forever Dixie; A Field Guide to Southern Cemeteries and Their Residents. Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. 2008.

Keister, Douglas. Forever L.A.; A Field Guide to Los Angeles Cemeteries and Their Residents. Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. 2010.

Keister, Douglas. Going Out In Style; The Architecture of Eternity. New York: Facts on File, Inc. 1997.

Kennedy, Linda J., Galer, Mary Jane. Historic Linwood Cemetery. Arcadia Publishing. 2004.

Koontz, Dean, Robinson, David, Photographer. Beautiful Death. Penguin Studio Books. 1996.

Lehner, Ernst. Symbols Signs & Signets. New York: Dover Publications. 1950.

Meyer, Richard E. Cemeteries and Gravemarkers: Voices of American Culture. Logan Utah: Utah State University Press. 1989.

Powers-Douglas. Cemetery Walk; A Journey into the Art, History and Society of the Cemetery and Beyond. Bloomington, IN: Author House. 2005.

Propst, Matthew. Savannah Cemeteries. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing Ltd. 2009.

Rutherford, Sarah. The Victorian Cemetery. Great Britain: Shire Publications. 2008.

Strangstand, Lynette. A Graveyard Preservation Primer. AltaMira Press. 1995.

Shushan, E. R. Grave Matters: A Curious Collection of 500 Actual Epitaphs. New York: Ballantine Books. 1990.

Waterhouse, Richard. Sacred Symbols of Oakland. A Guide to the Many Sacred Symbols of Atlanta's Oldest Public Cemetery. Goosepen Studio & Press. 2010.

Wiggins, Dr. David N. Images of America; Georgia’s Confederate Monuments and Cemeteries. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. 2006.

Wilson, Amie Marie, Johnson, Mandi Dale. Historic Bonaventure Cemetery. Photographs from the Collection of the Georgia Historical Society. Charleston South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. 1998.

Wood, Nick. Coffin Nails and Tombstone Trails. A Journey Across the Dark Side of America. Mainstream Publishing Co. 1999.

Worpole, Ken. Last Landscapes, The Architecture of the Cemetery in the West. London: Reaktion Books, LTD. 2003.

Yalom, Marilyn. The American Resting Place; Four Hundred Years of History Through our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. 2008.

Booklets - you can order these from AGS

• AGS Field Guide No. 1: Analyzing Cemetery Data

• AGS Field Guide No. 3: Guide to Forming a “Cemetery Friends” Organization

• AGS Field Guide No. 7: Making Photographic Records of Gravestones

• AGS Field Guide No. 8: Symbolism in the Carving on Gravestones

• AGS Field Guide No. 17: Recording Cemetery Data

PDF Files

Lettering in Marble [from AGS web site]

• Translating Tombstones [Powers-Douglas, Minda]

Waterhouse Symbolism Newsletter [Waterhouse, Richard – No. 1 to present]

• GPS Locating Cemeteries [FGS Strategy Series, Set 1 No. 27]

Published Cemetery Interment Records for:

• Dale Co., AL

• Coffee Co., AL

• Pike Co., AL

• Holmes Co., FL

• Hartford Cemetery, Geneva Co., AL

• Reno Co., KS

My Book Wish List

• Felsen, Gregg. Tombstones; Seventy Five Famous People and Their Final Resting Places. 1996.

• Lamments, Dietrich Christian; Taylor, Mark C. Grave Matters. Reaktion Books. 2002.

• O’Connell, Mark, Airey, Raje, Craze, Richard. The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Symbols, Signs & Dream Interpretation. London. Anness Publishing Ltd, Hermes House. 2008.

• Tressider, Jack. The Complete Dictionary of Symbols. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. 2005.