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Howard C. Raether Library

library1Howard C. Raether Library

The Howard C. Raether Library is a national treasure that tells the story of funeral service and related death care topics from ancient times to the present. NFDA preserves and maintains this invaluable collection that includes rare texts from the 16th through the 19th centuries, as well as extensive current materials on funeral practices and death, dying, and bereavement. The library holds many first editions, historical periodicals, and funeral artifacts.

NFDA members, affiliated funeral service associations, and mortuary schools are entitled to one free hour of research assistance annually; each additional hour of service by NFDA research staff is $40. Copying is charged at 10 cents per page; postage, envelopes or other supplies as needed are charged at cost. NFDA research services are also available to nonmembers or affiliates at higher rates. All research services depend upon research staff availability.

The Howard C. Raether Library is a non-lending research collection, open to students and researchers by appointment only from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday, except for holidays. It is located at NFDA in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

To schedule an appointment or for details about the library collection, call NFDA at 1-800-228-6332.