The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center has an exceptional collection of New Jersey historical material, historic preservation resources, books about publishing, typography, book illustration and binding, and one of the best genealogical collections on the east coast. We collect with an emphasis on Morris County and New Jersey, but because many New Jersey families migrated to the Midwest in the 18th and 19th centuries, we also acquire historical and genealogical material for the eastern third of the United States.
Research material in the North Jersey History & Genealogy Center includes approximately 60,000 books, maps, microfilm, and microfiche, as well as over 1000 linear feet of archival and manuscipt collections relating to New Jersey. These collections, which include deeds, church, government and charitable association records, and business and family papers, make this library an especially valuable resource for historians and genealogists. There are over 1700 maps, a large collection of photographs, oral history transcriptions, an extensive microfilm collection of old newspapers, and New Jersey State Census schedules. The center has a collection of rare books dating back to 1556, as well as material about book binding, publishing, typography, and illustration, and resources on historic preservation and the preservation and conservation of books, manuscripts, and fine art.
We hold some of the finest collections of published and original material by and about the life and work of Thomas Nast, the 19th century political cartoonist who lived in Morristown, NJ, from 1872-1902. We also have collections of several other important artists and illustrators who have been local to Morris County.