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North Jersey History & Genealogy Center
Archival & Manuscript Collections

The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center owns the papers, records and manuscript materials of individuals and organizations from the Northern New Jersey area.  Links to the finding aids for each individual collection are listed under the following subject headings.  A finding aid describes and lists the contents of a specific collection and is meant to be a guide for the researcher.  Researchers may access the contents of these collections in the North Jersey History & Genealogy Center Reading Room.


 


Church¸ School and Government Records

Abell, Frank D. Papers, 1901-1968
Morristown, New Jersey banker and politician; [Related collection, Jennie Dean Beaver, M.D., Papers,1900-1967]

Chief George Nixon Collection, 1883-1998
This collection documents the career of a long-time Morristown firefighter and his rise through the ranks of the local fire department. The collection spans from 1883-1998 with the bulk of material dated 1960-1976. The documents, materials and artifacts found here (including fire ribbons and badges as well as a 19th century boarding house register book kept by his grandmother) were either created or collected by George Nixon.

Clyde Potts Papers, 1895-1959
This collection documents the personal, political and professional life of the former Mayor of Morristown, Clyde Potts. Types of material include printed material, letters, memoranda, speeches, reports and research that reflect his work both as Mayor and as a prominent Civil Engineer.

Manahan, Mayor J. Raymond Collection, 1952-1997.
Mayor of Morristown, New Jersey from 1955-1964.

Miss Dana’s School Records, 1873-1938.
Girls’ boarding school, Morristown, New Jersey.

Molnar, Joseph Papers, 1953-1959.
The Cold War and the Ground Observer Corps (GOC); Morristown, New Jersey.

Morris County Militia Records, 1776; 1794-1812
The majority of the material in this collection includes lists of Morris County men drafted into the Militia between 1794 and 1812. Types of documents include paymaster receipts, muster roles, draft lists and fine lists, regimental orders, military court of appeals documents and a discharge paper.

Morris Junior College Records, 1931-1970.
Mandate of the Emergency Relief Act; funded by Work Projects Administration; Morristown, New Jersey.

Morris School District Records, 1851-2009.
Collection of Morris School District historic documents, including information on the development of the school district and about the Boards of Education, Administration, schools, faculty, staff, sports and curriculum.

Morristown Charter Study Commission Records, 1969-1974.
The Charter Study Commission was an elected group of citizens who undertook a study of the town’s government and ultimately recommended, in 1972, that the towns governing structure be changed.

Paterson Project Collection, 1968-1978.
Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison, New Jersey) transportation project.

Resolute Hook and Ladder Company, No. 1 Records, 1869-1988.
Morristown, New Jersey volunteer fire company.

Vaughan Family Papers, 1868-2003.
Morristown, New Jersey physician and politician.

Washington Engine Company, No. 1 Records, 1872-1992.
Morristown, New Jersey firehouse and volunteer department.

World War I Enlistment Records for Morristown and Morris Township, circa 1908-1918.
Over 150 records bearing the vital statistics and community information of the men and women who served our country.

Deeds

Conn Farm-Tamaracks Collection, 1789-1940.
Deeds; Byram township, Sussex County, New Jersey.

Halsey, Edmund D. Papers, 1793-1906.
Legal abstracts, surveys and search notes for properties in the town of Denville, and the townships of Rockaway, Pequannock and Hanover, New Jersey from the 19th century.

Family and Personal Papers

Abell, Frank D. Papers, 1901-1968.
Morristown, New Jersey banker and politician [Related collection, Jennie Dean Beaver, M.D., Papers,1900-1967]

Angus Family Evidence Scrapbook, 1853-1969.
One scrapbook of research materials used to compile Angus family genealogy. Includes photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings and one burial record.

Arnold Family Papers, 1763-1878.
Owners of Revolutionary War era tavern; family records; business transactions; Morristown, New Jersey.

Ball Family Papers, 1810-1950
The Ball Family Papers include legal documents, property records, diaries, correspondence and photographic material of a successful Morris County farming family, dating from the mid- 19th to early 20th century.

Beaver, M.D., Jennie Dean Papers, 1900-1967.
First female physician of Morristown, New Jersey.

Brienza Family Collection, 1914-1964.
Boxing in New Jersey; U.S. Army; American Red Cross; Fencing, Newark, New Jersey.

Canfield-Phillips Family Papers, 1890-1952.
Prominent Morristown, New Jersey family; correspondence; genealogy.

Chief George Nixon Collection, 1883-1998
This collection documents the career of a long-time Morristown firefighter and his rise through the ranks of the local fire department. The collection spans from 1883-1998 with the bulk of material dated 1960-1976. The documents, materials and artifacts found here (including fire ribbons and badges as well as a 19th century boarding house register book kept by his grandmother) were either created or collected by George Nixon.

Clyde Potts Papers, 1895-1959
This collection documents the personal, political and professional life of the former Mayor of Morristown, Clyde Potts. Types of material include printed material, letters, memoranda, speeches, reports and research that reflect his work both as Mayor and as a prominent Civil Engineer.

Colles Family Papers, 1807-1946.
Letters of a late 19th and early 20th century family; Morristown, New Jersey.

DeCamp Family Papers, 1745-1976.
Early Morris County history; genealogy; Morris County, New Jersey.

Dustan Family Papers, 1884-1959
The Dustan Family Papers chronicles a prominent Morristown family whose veterinary practice spanned two generations. The collection contains correspondence, paper documents, account books, bound volumes, a scrapbook, oversized charts and certificates and photographs.

Ethelbert E. Furlong Collection
The Ethelbert E. Furlong Collection contains three manuscript boxes of professional material and approximately 1000 professional landscaping plans created by Furlong during his career.

Faesch Correspondence and Genealogy Collection, [1764-1828]; 1963; 1982-1983.
Pre- and post- Revolutionary war era correspondence and genealogical collection created by the Faesch family of Morris County. John Jacob Faesch was an important figure in the iron mining/iron ore industry that helped to supply George Washington’s army with artillery and ammunition.

Fowler, Alex Collection, 1771-1984.
Historic Homes of Morris County, New Jersey.

Frances, Helen Clark Girl Scout Papers, 1926-1937.
Historic Homes of Morris County, New Jersey.

Harper, Ethel Ernestine Papers, 1905-1981.
First African-American to become a professional in the Morris Area Girl Scouts Council; Morristown, New Jersey.

Hopping Family of Hanover, Papers, 1820-1940.
Photographs of Hopping house and Hopping family members from Hanover Township, New Jersey. Genealogy, postcards and other ephemeral items are included.

Hotchkin Sisters Papers, 1862-1956.
The Hotchkin Sisters Concert Co. and Bell Ringers were a travelling musical group from Summit, New Jersey. Included in this collection are photographs by a late 19th century female photographer, M. Louise Greene, of Morristown, New Jersey.

Howell Genealogy Papers, 1819-1899
This collection contains one box of genealogical documents, correspondence, professional certificates, and legal documents such as deeds, mortgages, and wills. The bulk of the material pertains to George W. Howell (1835-1901), although various members of his extended family are also represented, including; the Todd’s, Lee’s, and Cornish’s of Morris County.

Howell, George W. Correspondence, 1856-1960.
Collection of personal correspondence between New Jersey Normal School student, George W. Howell, and his family. The letters recount the daily life on the Howell farm in Littleton, New Jersey and a student's life at the New Jersey Normal School in Trenton.

James-McCarroll Family Papers, 1801-1910.
19th century real estate interests of two Morris County, New Jersey families.

Molnar, Joseph Papers, 1953-1959.
The Cold War and the Ground Observer Corps (GOC); Morristown, New Jersey.

Owen Family Papers, 1857-1937.
Morristown, New Jersey physician, Civil War veteran and family papers.

Ralston and Nesbitt Family Papers, 1700-1964.
Mendham, Morris County, New Jersey family legal papers; genealogy.

Rice, Denise Guerin Collection, 1724-2005.
Early Morris County history; genealogy; Morris County, New Jersey.

Rockland, Michael Aaron Papers, 1967-2004.
Morristown, New Jersey based author.

Sharp Family Papers, 1751-1934.
Washington Township, Morris County, New Jersey family legal and business papers; early 19th century resort hotel at Budd Lake, Mt. Olive Township, Morris County, New Jersey.

Tuttle-Hoff Papers, 1761-1835.
Documentation of the Tuttle, Hoff, Ford, and DeCamp families of Morris County, New Jersey.

Vaughan Family Papers, 1868-2003.
Morristown, New Jersey physician and politician.

Whitehead Family Papers, 1741-1945.
Documents the business, genealogy and land transactions of an early Morris County farm family.

Wise Family Papers, 1832-1943 [bulk 1844-1865]
This collection consists of family papers of a prominent Southern family who were related by marriage to the Miller family of Morristown. It includes Civil War-era diaries, personal and military correspondence, handwritten manuscripts, federal government dispatches, published political speeches, genealogical notes, and newspaper and periodical clippings. They papers reflect the actions, thoughts and deeds of a slave-owning southern family during our nations’ civil war.

Historic Preservation Collections

17th, 18th and 19th Century British Plays at the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center, 1675-1807
This collection contains 43 plays from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The types of plays include dramas, satires, comedies, amatory fiction and one musical. Written by English and Irish authors during the Restoration and Georgian time periods, the collection includes the works of 35 playwrights, three of whom were women.

American Civilization Institute of Morristown, 1965-1969.
Educational program and archeological excavation of a colonial-era farmhouse in Morristown, New Jersey.

Fowler, Alex Records, 1771-1984
Historic Homes of Morris County, New Jersey.

Preserve Greystone Records, 1930-2012
This collection contains issues of the Psychogram from the 1960’s and 1970’s, hospital staff news, photographs, newspaper clippings, historical literature prepared by the hospital (undated), and one issue of the Clinical Training Center's Newsletter from 1940. Of particular interest are: exterior views of the Kirkbride Building taken over a ten year period between the 1980's and 1990's and, a brief four page history of Greystone Park.

Rae, John Collection, 1868-2005.
Research files of Morris County author whose books document the Gilded Age homes and society of Morris County, N.J.

Washington Valley Schoolhouse Records, 1813-2007.
Records of an historic Morris Township community group.

Local Business Collections

Arnold Family Papers, 1763-1878.
Owners of Revolutionary War era tavern; family records; business transactions; Morristown, New Jersey.

Business and Professional Women’s Club of Morristown, 1927-1957.
Local chapter of early 20th century national professional women’s organization in Morristown, New Jersey.

Business Ephemera and Artifacts Collection, circa 1816-2007.
Business materials intended to enhance or supplement research regarding Morris County and Morristown, New Jersey.

Community Crusade for Worth-while Children's Book Records, 1948-1949
Pocket Book marketing campaign in Morristown, New Jersey.

Dustan Family Papers, 1884-1959
The Dustan Family Papers chronicles a prominent Morristown family whose veterinary practice spanned two generations.

Greene, M. Louise Photograph Collection, circa 1911-1914
M. Louise Greene was one of Morristown’s first women business owners. Between the years of 1910-1914 she owned and operated a photographic studio on Speedwell Avenue.

Hibernia Underground Railroad Records, 1889-1894
Records of the narrow gauge railroad that took iron ore from inside a mountain in Hibernia (Rockaway Township, New Jersey), to the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western platform at Dover and Rockaway Junction.

Hoffman, Henry Byram Collection, 1850-1945.
Scrapbooks of indexed Morris County, New Jersey news and events.

Miller-Keasbey Family Real Estate Papers, 1888-1922.
Miller-Keasbey Family Real Estate Papers, 1888-1922.

Morris Area Environmental Action Reports, 1995-2003.
The collection contains environmental action reports detailing the remedial investigations performed for Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) in the Morristownarea between 1995-2003. The sites include: a former Morristown manufactured gas site and the Goldere Junkyard on Coal Street and, for the Hanover Compressor Station Upgrade in Florham Park.

Western Electric and Bell Telephone artifacts collection, circa 1900-1956.
Artifacts from Western Electric's Kearny, New Jersey company office.

Records of Clubs and Organizations

17th, 18th and 19th Century British Plays at the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center, 1675-1807.
A collection of 43 plays written between the years of 1675 and 1807, the genres include drama, satire, comedy, romance and a musical play. Written during the Restoration and Georgian time periods, the collection includes the works of 35 playwrights, three of whom were women.

American Association of University Women - Morristown branch Records, 1930-1999.
Local branch of service organization of university and college educated women who lobby for educational opportunities for women and girls, as well as for equal pay.

American Civilization Institute of Morristown, 1965-1969.
Educational program and archeological excavation of a colonial-era farmhouse in Morristown, New Jersey.

Brookside Woman’s Club Records, 1945-2012
Brookside Woman’s Club Records include documents, publications and scrapbooks created by a Mendham Township woman’s group from the mid-twentieth century until its’ dissolution in 2012.

Burnham Park Association Records, 1967-1989
The records and photographs of this collection deal mainly with the April 29, 1989 Arbor Day Commemoration of Kenneth W. Allen as the first Chairman of the Burnham Park Association Board of Trustees.

Business and Professional Women's Club of Morristown, 1927-1957
Local chapter of national service organization for professional women in Morristown, New Jersey.

Civic Association of Morristown Records, 1905-1942
Civic organization that helped with the modern development of Morristown, New Jersey's infrastructure.

Concerned Citizens of the Second Ward, 1959-2008 (bulk 1995-2006)
HM51 MSS Conc Rec consists of eleven manuscript boxes of documents and photographs relating to the neighborhood activist group, Concerned Citizens of the Second Ward and its affiliated organizations and projects.

Dover Memorial Association Records, 1921-1995
Dover, New Jersey based veterans association.

Female Charitable Society of Morristown Records, 1813-1967
Charitable association created by prominent women of Morristown, New Jersey.

Garden Club of Morristown Records, 1913-2007 [bulk 1970-2003]
Minutes, annual reports, budgets, scrapbooks and membership lists of the Club.

Jersey Jetport Site Association Collection
Papers of the group that opposed a jetport in Morris County; creation of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge; Morris and Somerset Counties, New Jersey.

Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club Photograph Collection, 1905-2005.
Photographs of club commodores; resort and recreation area; Lake Hopatcong, Morris County, New Jersey.

League of Women Voters of the Morristown Area Records, 1945-1998.
Women’s group of the Morristown, New Jersey area committed to promoting democratic ideals and political responsibility. Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains, New Jersey.

Market Street Mission, 1893-1995.
Morristown, New Jersey based mission serving the homeless.

Monday Reading Club Records, 1928-2007.
Woman’s reading group of Morristown, New Jersey that existed from the late 1800's until 2007.

Morris Aqueduct Records, 1799-1929.
Morristown, New Jersey’s first public water supply system.

Morris Area Genealogy Society Records, 1988-present.
Records of the Morris County, New Jersey, genealogy society.

Morris Community Chest Records, 1922-1942.
Early social services organization of Morris County, New Jersey; pre-cursor to the United Way of Morristown, New Jersey.

Morristown Chapter of the American Red Cross [Records], 1898-1996.
20th century relief efforts of Morristown, New Jersey chapter of national organization.

Morristown Memorial Hospital Records, 1894-1995.
Hospital annual reports; anniversary programs; Morristown, New Jersey.

Morristown Neighborhood House Association Records, 1898-2001.
Social service organization, Morristown, New Jersey.

Mount Kemble Home Records, 1883-1980.
Historic Morristown social institution; Morristown, New Jersey.

Mount Tabor Band Records, 1954-Present.
Youth concert band, Parsippany, New Jersey.

New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs Yearbook Collection, 1909-1957.
State-wide women’s organization with 21 county affiliates, including two from Morristown.

North Jersey History & Genealogy Center Autograph Collection, 1685-1992.
This collection contains the autographs and signatures of over 100 people collected by the Morristown Library's administration over the years.

Preserve Greystone Records, 1930-2012
This collection contains issues of the Psychogram from the 1960’s and 1970’s, hospital staff news, photographs, newspaper clippings, historical literature prepared by the hospital (undated), and one issue of the Clinical Training Center's Newsletter from 1940. Of particular interest are: exterior views of the Kirkbride Building taken over a ten year period between the 1980's and 1990's and, a brief four page history of Greystone Park.

Resolute Hook and Ladder Company, No. 1 Records, 1869-1988.
Morristown, New Jersey volunteer fire company.

Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey Records, 1898-2001 [bulk 1920-1998].
Historical records of Morristown based health care professionals.

Washington Engine Company, No. 1 Records, 1872-1992.
Morristown, New Jersey firehouse and volunteer department.

Washington Valley Schoolhouse Records, 1813-2007.
Records of two Morris Township community groups: the Washington Valley Community Association and the Washington Valley Home Economics Club.

Washington Valley Social Club Records, 1874; 1915-1926.
Documents the social activities of an early twentieth century community group in the Washington Valley, Morris Township area of Morris County, New Jersey.

Watnong Garden Club Collection, 1928-2005.
Morris Plains, New Jersey; horticultural organization.

Zonta Club of the Morristown Area Records, 1956-2006.
A branch of the professional women's organization based in Morristown, New Jersey.

American Civilization Institute of Morristown, 1965-1969.
Educational program and archeological excavation of a colonial-era farmhouse in Morristown, New Jersey.

Arnold Family Papers, 1763-1878.
Owners of Revolutionary War era tavern; family records; business transactions; Morristown, New Jersey.

Beaver, M.D., Jennie Dean Papers, 1900-1967.
First female physician of Morristown, New Jersey.

Fowler, Alex Records, 1771-1984
Historic Homes of Morris County, New Jersey.

Halsey, Edmund D. Papers, 1793-1906.
Legal abstracts, surveys and search notes for properties in the town of Denville, and the townships of Rockaway, Pequannock and Hanover, New Jersey from the 19th century.

Halsey, Edmund D. Papers, 1793-1906.
Legal abstracts, surveys and search notes for properties in the town of Denville, and the townships of Rockaway, Pequannock and Hanover, New Jersey from the 19th century.

Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club Photograph Collection, 1905-2005.
Photographs of club commodores; resort and recreation area; Lake Hopatcong, Morris County, New Jersey.

Morris County Militia Records, 1776; 1794-1812
The majority of the material in this collection includes lists of Morris County men drafted into the Militia between 1794 and 1812. Types of documents include paymaster receipts, muster roles, draft lists and fine lists, regimental orders, military court of appeals documents and a discharge paper.


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