The Farber Gravestone Collection is an unusual resource
containing over 13,500 images documenting the
sculpture on more than 9,000 gravestones, most of which were
made prior to 1800. The late Daniel Farber of Worcester, Massachusetts,
and his wife, Jessie Lie Farber, were responsible for the largest portion
of the collection. Others whose work is incorporated into the collection
include Harriette Merrifield Forbes, who worked in the 1920s mainly in
Massachusetts, and Dr. Ernest Caulfield, who documented Connecticut grave
These early stones are both a significant form of artistic
creation and precious records of biographical information, now subject to
vandalism and to deterioration from the environment. The data accompanying
the photographs include the name and death date of the deceased, the
location of the stone, and information concerning the stone material, the
iconography, the inscription, and (when known) the carver. Some carvers
whose work is known but who have not been identified by name are entered
by stylistic groupings, rather than by name. Carver attribution is a young
and healthy area of research in a constant state of flux. In addition to
the Farbers, others who worked to make this project a reality include
Henry Lie, Dr. Ernest Caulfield, and Laurel Gabel.
Read an introductory essay on the collection, Early American Gravestones, by Jessie Lie Farber.
Antiquarian Society (AAS) is an independent research library founded
in 1812 in Worcester, Massachusetts. The library's collections document
the life of America's people from the colonial era through the Civil War
and Reconstruction. Collections include books, pamphlets, newspapers,
periodicals, broadsides, manuscripts, music, children's literature, graphic
arts, genealogy and local histories. For further information, a brief
account and a detailed overview
of the AAS are provided.
Cartography Associates, founded in 1996 by map collector David
Rumsey, promotes the distribution of digital facsimiles both in print
and electronic media. Specializing in both primary source documents and
cutting-edge technology, Cartography Associates is committed to developing
tools that integrate cataloging with visual images on the Internet. CA's
vision is to offer users the best of both worlds: the powerful searching,
access, and user functionality made possible by technology, combined with
the visual beauty, technical mastery and intellectual richness of original
Images copyright © 2003 by the American Antiquarian Society. Images may
not be reproduced or transmitted unless for personal use. For commercial
use or republication, contact http://www.americanantiquarian.org/rform.
home | about | view the collection | help
2003 American Antiquarian Society.
All rights reserved.