Avery Drawings & Archives Collections
 

Woodlawn Cemetery records, 1863-1999

Summary Information

Abstract

The Woodlawn Cemetery archive documents the history of the grounds, mausolea, monuments, and operations of Woodlawn Cemetery, founded in 1863 in The Bronx, New York, and one of the largest in the United States. The collection includes architectural designs records, maps, photographs, correspondence, construction and maintenance records, and other historical documents, spanning 140 years of the cemetery's operations.

At a Glance

Bib ID 6665518 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Woodlawn Cemetery (New York, N.Y.)
Title Woodlawn Cemetery records, 1863-1999
Physical Description 300 linear feet (approximately)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

Arrangement

Description

Summary

This collection includes records created and collected by the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York, during the course of their operations between 1863 and circa 1990.

Of particular interest is the rich documentation on mausoleums and memorials designed by numerous prominent American architects, landscape architects, artists, and designers, including Herbert Adams; Robert Aitken; Alexander Archipenko; Charles I. Berg; Carrère & Hastings; Sally Farnham; Beatrix Farrand; Daniel Chester French; C. P. H. Gilbert; Richard Morris Hunt; Hunt & Hunt; Anna Hyatt Huntington; Edwin Lutyens; McKim, Mead, & White; the Olmsted Brothers; Peabody & Stern; the Piccirilli brothers; Charles A. Platt; John Russell Pope; James Renwick; James Gamble Rogers; Ellen Biddle Shipman; Tiffany Studios; Trowbridge & Livingston; Gilbert Stanley Underwood; Warren & Wetmore; Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney; and York & Saywer.

Additionally, the collection also includes documents related to memorials for many of the prominent figures in jazz, theater, literature, business, and politics who are buried on the cemetery's 400 acres. These include Herman Armour; the Belmont family; Nellie Bly; Vernon and Irene Castle; George M. Cohan; Celia Cruz; Miles Davis; Charles Delmonico; Duke Ellington; Jay Gould; W. C. Handy; Coleman Hawkins; Victor Herbert; Milt Jackson; the Juilliard family; King Oliver; Samuel Kress; Fritz Kreisler; Fiorello LaGuardia; R. H. Macy; Herman Melville; Robert Moses; J. C. Penney; Joseph Pulitzer; Elizabeth Cady Stanton; the Straus family; Madame C. J. Walker; Bert Williams; the Whitney family; and the Woolworth family.

Using the Collection

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Columbia University is providing access to the materials in the Library's collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of Columbia University is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. In addition to permission from Columbia University, permission of the copyright owner (if not Columbia University) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distributions, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. Columbia University makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

Preferred Citation

Woodlawn Cemetery records. Located in the Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

Related Archival Materials

Associated Materials--The individual records and papers of many of the architects and firms that are represented in the Woodlawn records are also held by the Department of Drawings & Archives. Records for Woodlawn Cemetery may be found in the Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company/George Collins architectural records and drawings, the Warren & Wetmore architectural records and papers, and the Kahn and Jacobs architectural records and papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Gift of Woodlawn Cemetery. Accession number--2006.009.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Architectural drawings -- American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
blueprints (reprographic copies) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Adams and Manning Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Adler's Monument and Granite Works Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Aitken, Robert, 1878-1949 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Albro, Lewis Colt, 1876-1924 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American Monument Corp Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
American Necropolis Monument Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Archipenko, Alexander, 1887-1964 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture -- United States -- Designs and plans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Benisch Bros Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Berg, Charles I., 1856-1926 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bermel, Joseph Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Birge, Charles E., 1871-1942 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Blake, Theodore E. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bleser, August Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bossom, Alfred C., 1881-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bosworth & Holden Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bosworth, Welles, 1869-1966 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bronx (New York, N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buchman & Fox Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Burial -- Economic aspects -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Burial -- Social aspects -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Burial laws -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
C. E. Tayntor & Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
C. E. Tayntor Granite Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cardo Bros. & Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cardo, Thomas G Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Carrère & Hastings Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Caterson, Robert Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Celebrities -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cemeteries -- Conservation and restoration -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cemeteries -- New York (State) -- New York -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Civil engineering -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clum, W. Edmon Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cremation -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Crematories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cruikshank & Fraser Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
D'Oench & Yost Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Darrach, James M. Aerston, 1874-1912 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Davis Granite Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Davis, McGrath, & Kiessling Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Deacy, William Henry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Death -- Social aspects -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Delano & Aldrich Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dodds Granite Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dominick De Nigris Inc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Doolittle, Judson A., 1878-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eggers & Higgins Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Elliot Monument Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Farnham, Sally James, 1869-1943 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Farrand, Beatrix, 1872-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Farrington, Gould & Hoagland Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fasolino Monuments Inc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ficken, H. Edwards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ford, Stewart & Oliver Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
French, Daniel Chester, 1850-1931 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Geiffert, Alfred, 1890-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
General Bronze Corporation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Geo. Brown & Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
George B. Gardner & Son Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Gilbert, C. P. H. (Charles Pierrepont H.), 1861-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Guastavino vaults Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
H. K. Keller Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
H. K. Peacock Memorials, inc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harrison Granite Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hausle, Frank Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Havender's Monumental Works Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Havender, Joseph Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Haveyer, Keith M Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Heins & LaFarge Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hoffman & Prochazka Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hoffman, F. Burrall (Francis Burrall), 1882-1980 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hooper, Parker Morse, 1877- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Howells, John Mead, 1868-1959 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hull, Washington Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hunt & Hunt Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hunt, Richard Morris, 1827-1895 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Huntington, Anna Hyatt, 1876-1973 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Inglis, James Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
J. & R. Lamb Studios Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
J.F. Manning Co., inc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
J.L. Wegenaar Co., inc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
John M. Gessler's Sons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Landscape architecture -- New York (State) -- New York -- Designs and plans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lavery Granite Co., inc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lazzari & Barton Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Leland & Hall Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Levison, J. J (Jacob Joshua), 1881-1961 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lewis, Colt, Abro Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Little & O'Connor Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lord & Hewlett Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lutyens, Edwin Landseer, Sir, 1869-1944 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manhattan Monument Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Marble Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Marc Eidlitz & Son Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Marcotrigiano, Nicholas Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mausoleums Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mayers, Murray & Phillip Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mayers, Murray and Phillip, Bertram G. Goodhue Associates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McDonnell & Sons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McKim, Mead & White Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
McNeel Marble Company (Marietta, Ga.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mead, George L Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Milne & Chalmers, inc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mink & Eagers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moran, William Edgar Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mosel, Joseph E Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Necarsulmer & Lehlbach Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Necarsulmer, Edward Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New England Granite Works Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Olmsted Brothers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Partridge, William Ordway, 1861-1930 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Peabody & Stearns (Boston, Mass.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Peabody, Wilson & Brown Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Peacock Memorial Studios Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Peacock Memorials Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Phillips, R. Stenner Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Piccirilli Brothers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Platt, Charles A (Charles Adams), 1861-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pope, John Russell, 1874-1937 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Presbrey-Coykendall Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Presbrey-Leland, Inc. (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Procházka, Ferdinand Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Putnam & Cox Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
R. Guastavino Company Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renwick, Aspinwall & Owen Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renwick, Aspinwall & Tucker Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renwick, James, 1818-1895 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Robert Catella & Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rogers, James Gamble Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ruddy, Stephen A Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Schoen, Eugene Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sepulchral monuments -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shipman, Ellen, 1869-1950 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shire, Edward I Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Smith, Frederick L Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Smith, William Neil Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stone, Gould, & Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stone, Gould, & Farrington, inc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Swartwout, R. E (Robert Egerton) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Taylor and Levi, Architects Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tedeschi & Tedeschi Co Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Thomas Hastings and Theodore S. Blake Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tiffany Studios (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trowbridge & Livingston Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tuthill, William Burnet, 1855-1929 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Underwood, Gilbert Stanley Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Vitale, Ferruccio, 1875-1933 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Walker & Gillette Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ward, J. Robertson Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Warren & Wetmore Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wegenaar, J. L Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Whitney, Gertrude Vanderbilt, 1875-1942 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wills, Charles T Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Woodlawn Cemetery (New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
York & Sawyer Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Zimmermann, Marie, 1879-1972 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Woodlawn Cemetery was founded in 1863 in the Bronx, New York, and today maintains one of the largest assemblages of above-ground mausolea in North America. Many notable figures in the worlds of commerce, literature, music, and politics are buried there.