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North Jersey History & Genealogy Center

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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 explore 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
Please email us for more information.


Upcoming Events

The Rule: A Documentary About the Benedictine Monks of Newark Abbey

Thursday, September 7, 2017
6:45 PM
(In the Library's lower level meeting room)

Photo of Film AdvertisementPlease join us as we screen The Rule, the acclaimed documentary by Emmy-nominated, award-winning filmmakers, Marylou & Jerome Bongiorno. The film details how the Benedictine monks of Newark Abbey educate and prepare inner city youth for life. 

Nearly 100% of St. Benedict’s Prep students, predominantly African-American and Latino young men, are accepted into college.  The Bongiornos learned while making this film that, for inner city youth, cognitive skills are impeded by a dysfunctional environment created by poverty.  Inner city schools must be committed to helping students overcome this dysfunction so that the process of education can begin. At St. Benedict’s Prep, this commitment includes protracted counseling as well as a year-round residence for the most vulnerable students.  

Following the movie, we will have a question and answer period with the filmmakers, via Skype.

More info about The Rule

Recapture Family Images: A One Day Scanning Event

Saturday, September 9, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
(In the NJH&GC reading room)


Preserve your family photos! Turn your photos and or negatives into printable image files. Do you have special family photographs that you need scanned? The library's North Jersey History and Genealogy Center will scan your photos, negatives, or 35 mm slides in high resolution — for free! Space limited.

Using our high quality photo and slide scanner, we will scan your photos on the spot and transfer them to your USB drive.  Also, if you have faded color photos, we will do our best to restore them to their original color. Limit: 7 scans per person

Registration is required.
Please email us at
or call us at 973-538-3473 to reserve
your session time.


Recently Processed Collections

Ogden Family Papers, 1905-1939              
Elizabeth Town (Newark), New Jersey, family history. Includes information on the New York and Connecticut Ogdens.

Women’s Employment Society
Organization founded in 1872 to provide meaningful work to impoverished and homebound women.
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Saint Peter's Episcopal Church Records, 1834-2005
Printed material. sermons, and other records related to one of morrstown's most prominent congregations.
Presbyterian Church in Morristown, ca.1791-1983
Documentation of the historic congregation, including the 1840 rift that led to the creation of the First Church and South Street Presbyterian Church, and its 1925 reunification.  

Friends of Steven B. Wiley Gubernatorial Campaign Scrapbooks, 1984-1985
Scrapbook containing photographs, news clippings, campaign flyers, and other ephemera from the Democratic Senator’s 1985 run for Governor.



New Records recently added to Find My Past

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
Do you have family from New York? New York Genealogical and Biographical Record is the second oldest genealogical journal in the country and is full of valuable documentation to aid you in your family history research. These volumes span the years of 1870 to present day and cover people and events from the seventeenth century and beyond.
Billion Graves Cemetery Indexes
Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions 1485-2014
North West Kent Burials
New York Researcher

New Jersey Baptisms 1746-1795
New Jersey church records 1747-1794

United States Marriages
Scotland, Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), Poorhouse records 1859-1912
Scotland, Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), Burials 1860-1975

(You can access Find My Past in our Reading Room)


A Donation of Pennsylvania Research Materials

Many thanks to Susan and Donald Elko, who recently donated 99 local history and genealogy books on Pennsylvania municipalities and counties.


2017 Photo Contest Winners

Our contest challenged anyone with a passion for photography to capture images of Morristown and Morris Township and share them with the library. In response, we received many excellent submissions portraying numerous places of interest in our community.

Here are the winning photos for our 2017 contest.

Library Photo Contest
The North Jersey History and Genealogy Center invited interested persons to enter our second photograph contest to celebrate our local history through the art of photography. More details for our 2018 contest will be announced soon!

Here are the winning photos for our 2016 contest.


Check out our local history articles in The Morristown! 

Here you will find posts written by the NJH&GC staff about interesting and often lesser known historical places, people and events of the Morris area, using the History Center's extensive research materials. This is an ongoing collaboration with The Morristown, so check back often.  We encourage you to use our history library to research any aspect of the Morris area's past.





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