Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Guide to the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana Subject Categories: Cemeteries


Collection ID:
Warshaw, Isadore, 1900-1969
Physical Description:
0.75 Cubic feet
consisting of 1.5 boxes, 1 folder, 1 flat box (partial).
A New York bookseller, Warshaw assembled this collection over nearly fifty years. The Warshaw Collection of Business Americana: Cemeteries forms part of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Subseries 1.1: Subject Categories. The Subject Categories subseries is divided into 470 subject categories based on those created by Mr. Warshaw. These subject categories include topical subjects, types or forms of material, people, organizations, historical events, and other categories. An overview to the entire Warshaw collection is available here: Warshaw Collection of Business Americana

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents
This subject category- Cemeteries consists primarily of deeds, burial permits, owners' receipts, certificates, shares, by-laws, rules and regulations, engravings of monuments, memorial programs, tickets for entrance into cemeteries, maps, annual reports, catalogues and historical publications from cemeteries. There is little information from military cemeteries. While most of the material is from cemeteries there are some printed advertisements from manufacturers of grave markers and signs. There are a number of publications included among the materials. Most of these publications were produced by various cemeteries and discuss historical background and the layout of the cemetery often using images of the grounds. There are two pamphlets which discuss cemetery shares and a few addresses concerned with the proper disposal of dead bodies and justification of burial grounds.
Included among the materials is an invitation to participate in the dedicatory services of the monument erected in memory of William Cheseborough, Thomas Minor, Walter Palmer and Thomas Stanton. Along with the invitation is biographical information on these men, the pioneer settlers of Stonington in 1649, whose remains had previously rested in unmarked burial places at Wequetequock. Included with this information is a list of names of the contributors to the founders' monument, erected in 1899.
In this material are New York State Acts to amend a previous act authorizing the incorporation of rural cemetery associations passed in 1847. The three acts included all date from 1861.
The bulk of the material is late nineteenth century. Materials are organized alphabetically by name of cemetery. There are nine folders of material arranged by type: engravings of monuments, general images, memorial programs, addresses, information on Stonington, Connecticut pioneer settlers, New York state burial permits, New York state acts, pamphlets and miscellaneous items.


Arranged in three subseries. Subseries 1 is arranged alphabetically by name of cemetery. Subseries two and three are arranged by material type:
  • Subseries 1: Cemeteries
  • Subseries 2: Related Materials
  • Subseries 3: Publications


Vanessa Broussard-Simmons and Nicole Blechynden
Funding for partial processing of the collection was supported by a grant from the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund (CCPF).
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Cemeteries is a portion of the Business Ephemera Series of the Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Accession AC0060 purchased from Isadore Warshaw in 1967. Warshaw continued to accumulate similar material until his death, which was donated in 1971 by his widow, Augusta. For a period after acquisition, related materials from other sources (of mixed provenance) were added to the collection so there may be content produced or published after Warshaw's death in 1969. This practice has since ceased.
Processing Information
In 2016, with funding provided by the Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care and Preservation Fund, the Archives Center at the National Museum of American History implemented the use of minimal level processing standards to increase information about and facilitate access to more of our collections. A large portion of stored material from the original acquisition received minimal level processing, which resulted in additions to this Subject category. This effort included basic arrangement and replacement of non-archival housing for long-term stability, but staples and other fasteners have not all been removed. Revisions to the encoded finding aid were made to reflect the added content in context to the previously processed material.
Minimal level processing and enhancement of the machine-readable finding aid completed by Nicole Blechynden, September 2017.

Using the Collection

Preferred Citation note
Warshaw Collection of Business Americana, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research. Some items may be restricted due to fragile condition.
Conditions Governing Use note
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Materials in the Archives Center

Materials in the Archives Center
Archives Center Collection of Business Americana (AC0404)

Forms Part Of


Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Business ephemera Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ephemera Genre Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Cemeteries Topical Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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