Memento Mori: The Richard F. Welch Collection

Detail of White, Silvanus, 22 October 1782, Sterling Cemetery, Greenport, NY. Image 14 from the Richard F. Welch Collection.

Detail of White, Silvanus, 22 October 1782, Sterling Cemetery, Greenport, NY. Image 14 from the Richard F. Welch Collection.

Learn about the history and artistry of early Long Island gravestones (1680-1801) through the Richard F. Welch Collection. Comprised of hundreds of photographs, negatives, and research notes, the collection documents gravestones, stone carvers, symbols, cemeteries, and people that lived from Brooklyn to the east end of the island, beginning in the 17th century. Memento mori is an object that reminds one of death and a Latin expression (“remember that you have to die”).

 

Dr. Richard F. Welch is the donor of this unique collection. He is a historian and taught at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University and at Farmingdale State College. Dr. Welch is the author of several books and articles, including Memento Mori: the Gravestones of Early Long Island, 1680-1801 (Syosset, NY: Friends for Long Island Heritage, 1983).

 

Learn more about the collection and related resources here. For information about Special Collections and University Archives, visit the website for the department.

 

 

Wiggins, Susannah, 7 July 1791, Sterling Cemetery, Greenport, NY. Image 10 from the Richard F. Welch Collection.

Wiggins, Susannah, 7 July 1791, Sterling Cemetery, Greenport, NY. Image 10 from the Richard F. Welch Collection.

 

 

 

Stewart, Ann, 1819, Jones Burial Ground, Cold Spring Harbor, NY. Image 48 from the Richard F. Welch Collection.

Stewart, Ann, 1819, Jones Burial Ground, Cold Spring Harbor, NY. Image 48 from the Richard F. Welch Collection.

Kristen Nyitray

Kristen Nyitray

Associate Librarian; Director, Special Collections and University Archives; and University Archivist at Stony Brook University Libraries
Contact her for research assistance with rare books, manuscript collections, historical maps, and SBU history. E-mail: kristen.nyitray@stonybrook.edu.
Kristen Nyitray
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