The AGS Archives contains collections donated primarily by members and includes books, research papers, photographs, postcards, articles, and other gravestone related materials. In April 2009, the AGS Board voted to transfer our Archives to the Department of Special Collections, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where the materials are cataloged and stored in secure, climate-controlled facilities under the care of trained professionals. Research may be conducted according to the Department of Special Collections’ procedures. Please consult their website for information about planning a visit. Access to the AGS Archives is free and open to all researchers regardless of affiliation and academic credentials. AGS membership is not required to conduct research at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
A major benefit of the AGS Archives’ partnership with the Department of Special Collections has been the digitization of the AGS journal Markers and the AGS Newsletter.
If you are interested in participating in the Archives Committee, please contact the AGS office and advise of your interest. Current, retired, and aspiring librarians, archivists, records managers, and IT specialists are particularly encouraged to join us!