Nebraska Authors

Douglas Keister

Born 1948 Lincoln, NE (USA)

A photographer, author and lecturer, Keister is a regular presenter throughout the United States. He writes mostly on architecture, including books on Victorian houses, bungalows, whimsical homes, Spanish architecture and cottages.
He has also published children's books, novels and books on cemetery art. In October 2010 his cemetery books and photography were featured in a segment of CBS Sunday Morning. Correspondent Rita Braver called him "America's Chief Tombstone Tourist". SUNSET magazine said, "Keister has done for cemetery exploration what Audubon did for birding."

Places Lived

Lincoln, NE
Oakland, CA
Chico, CA

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction
  • Visual Work


Commercial; advertising; architectural photos; autobiography




Nebraska 150 Books Honor, 2017, Lincoln in Black and White


Driftwood Whimsy: The Sculptures of the Emeryville Mudflats. 1985.
Black Rock: Portraits On the Playa. 1990.
The Bungalow: America's Arts and Crafts Home. 1995.
Inside the Bungalow: America's Arts and Crafts Interior. 1997.
Going Out in Style: The Architecture of Eternity. 1997.
Outside the Bungalow: America's Arts and Crafts Garden. 1999.
Storybook Style: America's Whimsical Homes of the Twenties. 2001.
Fernando's Gift. 2001.
Red Tile Style: America's Spanish Revival Architecture. 2002.
Ready to Roll: A Celebration of the Classic American Travel Trailer. 2003.
Bungalow Basics: Dining Rooms. 2003.
Bungalow Basics Bedrooms. 2003. (Co-author)
Bungalow Basics: Porches . 2004. (Co-author)
Bungalow Basics: Kitchens. 2004. (Co-author)
Classic Cottages: Simple, Romantic Homes. 2004. (Co-author)
Silver Palaces. 2004.
Courtyards: Intimate Outdoor Spaces. 2005.
500 Bungalows. 2006.
500 Cottages. 2006.
Mobile Mansions: Taking "Home Sweet Home" on the Road. 2006.
Cottages. 2007. (Co-author)
Lincoln in Black and White: 1910-1925 (Images of America). 2008. (Co-author with Edward F. Zimmer)
To Grandmother's House: A Visit to Old-Town Beijing. 2008.
Forever Dixie: A Field Guide to Southern Cemeteries & Their Residents. 2008.
Forever L.A.: A Field Guide to Los Angeles Area Cemeteries & Their Residents. 2010.
Stories in Stone New York: A Field Guide to New York City Area Cemeteries & Their Residents. 2011.
Autumn in Summer. 2012.
Stories in Stone Paris: A Field Guide to Paris Cemeteries & Their Residents. 2013.
Heart-Land: Gowing Up in the Middle of Everything. 2013.
Bullets, Baubles and Bones. 2014.
Victorian Glory in San Francisco and the Bay Area. 2014. (Co-author)
Storybook Style: America’s Whimsical Homes of the 1920s. 2017.
The Sleepy Hollow Mystery: A Chick Corbett Yarn. 2017.

Photographs featured in:
The Daughters of Painted Ladies: America's Resplendent Victorians. 1987.
The Painted Ladies Revisited: San Francisco's Resplendent Victorians Inside and Out. 1989.
America's Painted Ladies: The Ultimate Celebration of Our Victorians. 1994.

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