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North Jersey History & Genealogy Center

The North Jersey History and Genealogy Center is a department within the Morristown & Morris Township Library, located in the building's lower level. We invite you to expore our exceptional collection of New Jersey and early American histories, genealogies, maps, historical newspapers, historic preservation materials, manuscripts, records, 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 Archival and Manuscript Collection Finding Aids in the column to the right.

Phone: 973-538-3473
For addition information please send an email to:
njhgc@jfpl.org

 

Beautiful Vintage Santa Postcards, circa 1900

These antique postcards, mostly from the turn of the twentieth century, portray Santa in many different ways. His coat may be blue or purple, green, red, or even white. He delivers gifts to the world's children by train, sled, blimp, or on foot. Plump or skinny, wise old sage or elf, he is Santa Claus!

 

In memory of Morristown resident and funeral director Michael Doyle, Jr. 1930 - 2014

For the Library’s Irish History Project, Mickey Doyle was interviewed in 2003 about his experiences growing up in the Morristown neighborhood of Dublin.  His lively and often humorous interview touched on work, home, family, church and community. Mr. Doyle’s entire conversation (along with 37 other interviews) is included in the North Jersey History & Genealogy Center’s permanent collection and is available to the public. This project focuses on recovering evidence of the town’s history that might otherwise be lost to the ages. In these excerpts, Mr. Doyle recalled his sports-loving father and his family’s century-old business, Doyle’s Funeral Home on Maple Avenue.

 

Daily Record Microfilm Preservation Project

The North Jersey History and Genealogy Center has successfully completed a six-month project to preserve the Morristown Daily Record microfilm collection. Staff members recently detected signs of vinegar syndrome, which occurs when acetate-based film degrades and releases acetic acid; if left untreated, the film would have faded and become brittle, destroying both itself and other nearby film.

In order to preserve this invaluable and frequently used collection, the Library decided to copy the susceptible reels onto archival-grade polyester film – a backup copy was also made and will be stored offsite. A smaller selection of acetate-based manuscript material was also re-filmed as a precaution.

History Center staff performed quality control checks on each of the 374 reels of microfilm that document Morris County life from 1900 to 1974; this work began in August and was completed before Thanksgiving.  The entire run of the Daily Record is again available to researchers. 

Jeffrey V. Moy, Archivist
November 2014

 

Recent gift reflects early Morristown History

The watercolor painting on the left is a recent gift to our library. It illustrates the family home of Major Daniel Phoenix, who was a local merchant, property owner and civic leader in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Morristown. The house stood on the current site of the old Y.M.C.A building shown in the postcard on the right, which is now a commercial space known as the Courthouse Plaza. The building is located across from the Morris County Courthouse at 60 Washington Street in Morristown.  

Read more about the story of this property's transformation through the years, as it passed through the hands of several owners.
 

Search New Jersey Historical Newspapers (Newsbank) from home
(Morristown & Township Library Card needed for remote access.  The database is free in the NJH&GC Reading Room.)

Search through the following historical New Jersey newspaper titles, in addition to many others.

Centinel Of Freedom (Newark) 1796 - 1876 
Genius of Liberty (Morristown) 1798 - 1811 
Jersey Journal (Jersey City) 1867 - 1962 
The Jersey Journal (Jersey City) 1999 - Current 
Jewish Chronicle (Newark) 1921-1943 
Jewish Journal (New Brunswick) 1956-1971 
Newark Star Ledger 1964 and 1984 
New-Jersey Journal (Elizabethtown) 1786 - 1818 
Palladium of Liberty (Morristown) 1808 - 1822 
The Star-Ledger (Newark) 1989 - Current 
The Times (Trenton) 1993 - Current 
Trenton Evening Times 1883 - 1993 
Trenton Federalist 1800 - 1824 
Trenton State Gazette 1847 - 1898 
True American (Trenton) 1801 - 1818

 

New Acquisitions - November 2014

 

 

Warbasse history:  a Study in the Sociology of Heredity  by James Peter Warbasse, The Kendall Press,1954.

The book deals with thirteen generations of ancestors of the author and eight generations of descendants of Peter Warbasse who came from Demark to America in 1853. This book is particularly rich in the history of Sussex County, New Jersey, the Moravians of Eastern Pennsylvania, and New England Pioneers.

 

The Annals of Newtown, Queens County, New York:  containing its history from its first settlement, together with many interesting facts concerning the adjacent towns : also, a particular account of numerous Long Island families now spread over this and various other states of the Union.by James Riker.   New York: D. Fanshaw, 1852.

James Riker was a New York historian and genealogist. He collected original documents from the colonial era and copied extracts from documents in state and local archives which are incorporated into this book. 

 

Where the trees grow tall: a history of Old Middlebush 1701-1935  by Elsie Beatrice Stryker
A History of Franklin Township,  Somerset County,  New Jersey,  by Ralph W. Thomson.

173 pages with many historical photographic images mostly of houses and families in the township. Franklin Township Historical Society, 1963.

From the introduction: “It is our aim in publishing this book, to present, first, the story of a quaint local village within the bounds of Franklin Township, its beginning, its families its people and its way of life….."

 

Raritan’s Revolutionary Rebel: Frederick Frelinghuysen   Compiled by H. Kels Swan.
Published by The Daughters of the American Revolution, Somerville, New Jersey, 1967.

Frederick Frelinghuysen was a Major General in the American Revolution and Somerset County resident. The booklet contains photo of his birthplace followed by his biography, and contains transcripts and reproductions of letters.



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