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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
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