Acquisition Policy

Materials acquired for the Green-Wood Historic Fund Collections must tell the story of the Cemetery, its development, growth, and operations; or document and illustrate, the lives, experiences, and contributions of those interred in the Cemetery.

The following selection criteria is used to aid and inform selection of original sources materials, historical objects and other historically relevant materials for permanent retention.

Selection Criteria

    Types of Formats:

  • Text and non-textural materials
  • Pictorial works, photographs, paintings, drawings and sketches
  • Ephemeral materials such as signs, broadsides, posters, notices, handouts, scrapbooks, etc.
  • 3-dimensional objects , furnishings, objets d’art and sculptures
    Subjects and Themes:

  • Victorian mourning rites and rituals
  • Ethnic mourning rites and rituals
  • Civil War veterans and regiments
  • Photographers and photographs
  • Biographical sources and source materials about those interred
  • Personal and professional papers, materials and memorabilia of cemetery founders, administrators and “permanent residents”
  • 19th and 20th or its permanent residents
  • Family histories and genealogies, published and/or unpublished
  • Women and ethnic studies materials as it relates to Green-Wood
  • Artworks created by residents of Green-Wood