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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.

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Setting up our own city: the black community in Morristown is now online.


Setting up Our Own City, an oral history project by Cheryl C. Turkington with interviews by Helen Baker Conover, traces the history of the African-American community in Morristown, New Jersey.  It explores how the African American community lived, worked, worshiped, celebrated and sustained itself and the lives of men and women who quietly created a vibrant African-American middle class in Morris County. The material for this story was woven together through numerous interviews and the resources of the North Jersey History & Genealogy Center. Includes index.

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Recently Processed Collections

Ethelbert Ely Furlong Landscape Architecture Collection, 1913-1965
Ethelbert Ely Furlong (1894-1993) was a landscape architect in practice in northern New Jersey from 1920 until 1983. The collection consists of over 1000 landscape architecture plans, design layouts, blueprints, trade magazine articles, and photographs.

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.

 

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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)

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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.

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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.

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Check out our local history articles in The Morristown Green.com! 

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 Green.com, 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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