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.
"Their Memory Shall Never Fade: Morris County and the Civil War.”
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the exhibit showcases items from the History Center’s collection of papers, photographs and other primary sources tied into Morris County and the American conflict.
Civil War lecture: General Joseph Warren Revere: The Gothic Saga of Paul Revere's Grandson
Tuesday April 22, 2014
Please join William Chemerka, an award winning educator, lecturer and writer as he details the life of Paul Revere's grandson.
Joseph Warren Revere, a grandson of the legendary Paul Revere, served in the U.S. Navy; circumnavigated the globe; raised the first American flag in Sonoma, California during the Mexican War; battled pirates, sharks, and Indians; searched for gold; had a scandalous affair; joined the Union Army and received a court-martial for his actions at the Battle of Chancellorsville during the Civil War. And then he began the fight of his life.
Bill Chemerka is an award-winning educator, lecturer and writer. Bill is formerly an American History teacher at Madison High School, an on-camera consultant for such History channel productions as This Week in History and Wild West Tech and is the co-writer for The History Channel’s Emmy-nominated documentary First Invasion: The War of 1812. Bill is a Screen Actors Guild member since 1987, and is the publisher and editor of The Alamo Journal, and The Crockett Chronicle.
This is the second of three lectures this winter commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
Civil War Lecture: Charles F. Hopkins, Civil War Hero
Sunday, May 4, 2014
Historian Charles Maraziti will discuss the amazing life story of Charles F. Hopkins, a Civil War hero and recipient of the Medal of Honor. The dedication and bravery of Mr. Hopkins was first evident when, as a young boy, he transported run-away slaves on the Underground Railroad.
At the outbreak of the Civil War in April, 1861, he was among the first in Morris County to join the Union Army. He was captured at the Battle of the Wilderness and survived ten months in the infamous Andersonville Prison, where he recorded his day-to-day experiences in a diary, which has survived 150 years.
Mr. Hopkins returned to Boonton in 1865 and led a busy and fruitful life, dedicated to public service as Mayor of Boonton, Postmaster, Boonton Fire Department Chief, Morris County Freeholder, Assemblyman, and Secretary to the New Jersey Senate.
The extraordinary story of Charles F. Hopkins is told by his great-grandson, Charles Maraziti. Mr. Maraziti is a life-long resident of Boonton/Boonton Township, married to Pat, with two daughters and five grand-children. Mr. Maraziti retired from a 40-year career in banking in 2007.
Refreshments will be served.
This is the third of three lectures this winter commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
This program is supported by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library.
Recent additions to our online collections:
The Jacob Arnold Family Papers, highlight 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.
The North Jersey History and Genealogy Center has just acquired To Raise Up a Nation: John Brown, Frederick Douglass and the Making of a Free Country by William S. King, winner of the 2014 North Jersey Civil War Round Table Book Award.
In a book researched over decades and drawing on primary sources seldom cited, the author brings an intertwined history of the great figures of the Civil War era, including Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and Gen. John C. Fremont. It illustrates the interactive relationships that break free from the linear biographies of these characters that so often defines one aspect of that sphere of history. The book is that important; it will be oft-cited as one of definitive sources of the Civil War era, the Emancipation Proclamation, abolition and the formation of the armed African-American soldiers.
The author will be presented his award, including a prize of $1,000, at the meeting of the North Jersey Civil War Round Table and will participate with Bruce Franklin of Westholme Publishing, LLC and Rich Rosenthal, president of the NJCWRT in a panel discussion.
The meeting will be Thursday, April 24, 2014, 7:14 PM at the Haggerty Educational Center at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Avenue, Morris Twp. (opp, Morris County Library.) The meeting is free and is open to the public. Students and teachers are especially welcome. RSVP is not necessary, but would be appreciated.
Check out our new digital microfilm reader!
Try our new digital microfilm reader, called the Scan Pro 3000. This reader has several features that can make your microfilm and fiche research more efficient. The Scan Pro 3000 allows you to:
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.