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North Jersey History & Genealogy Center

The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center is a department within the Morristown & Morris Township Library, located in the building's lower level. We invite you to explore our exceptional collection of New Jersey and early American histories, genealogies, historic preservation materials, manuscripts, rare books, and fine art and prints. Our collection is open to all. You can discover more about our collections through our online catalog, our collections page, our digital images, and also by clicking the "Archival and Manuscript Collection Finding Aids" links in the column to the right.  

Phone: 973-538-3473
For additional information, please send an email to:
njhgc@jfpl.org
 
Department News

Additions to our online collections:

The Jacob Arnold Family Papershighlight a number of business transactions between Jacob Arnold and many members of Morristown and the surrounding area. Jacob Arnold was a commander in the Revolutionary War, and the proprietor of the Arnold Tavern on the Morristown Green. The collection contains documents including mortgages, land deeds, estate sales, correspondences, common pleas, land surveys, and petitions, as well as documents that do not pertain specifically to the Arnold family, but were found with the Jacob Arnold materials.
 
The Morris County Golf Club Championship Scrapbook, 1898. This rare scrapbook of the 1898 U.S.G.A Open Championship in Morristown is one of only a few editions known to exist today. Compiled newspaper clippings,
photos, and tearsheets document this event, which happened 115 years ago, September 12-17. 
 
Explore the recent addition of 19th century Morris and Sussex County Maps to our digital collections. Most of these maps are surveys, several of which focus on Lake Hopatcong and its surroundings. The maps frequently denote property purchase or acquisition dates, ranging from 1713-1880, and are searchable by property owner.  
 
Our recent publication:

"Ordinary Days, Extraordinary Times: Morristown New Jersey's Irish Immigrant Past", written by NJH&GC staff member Cheryl Turkington, was published by the library and released in April, 2013. The book provides maps, illustrations, photos and narrative that trace the story of Irish immigration to Morristown and the vibrant Dublin neighborhood that nurtured generations of residents for over 100 years. Turkington conducted numerous interviews and relied on the vast collections of our library to put together this wonderful book. Copies may be purchased for $15.95 (plus tax) at the history center. 

 

 New Finding Aids:

Historical Newspapers at the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center lists and describes the historical newspapers available for research in our reading room. 

Concerned Citizens of the Second Ward, 1959-2008 (bulk 1995-2006) 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. 

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.

Morristown World War 1 Enlistment Records 1908-1918  Over 150 records bearing the vital statistics and community information of the men and women who served our country.

Brookside Woman's Club Records, 1945-2012 Brookside Woman’s Club Records were created by a Mendham Township woman’s group from the mid-twentieth century until its’ dissolution in 2012.

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 

 



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