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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 Flame Fighters of Morristown presented by Dr. Robert Fredericks

Friday, September 29,  2017
(In the Library's circulation room)

The Morristown Fire Department
220 Years of Serving the People of Morristown
1797 - 2017

The Flame Fighters of Morristown tells the story of 220 years of firefighting in Morristown, from bucket brigades to the thoroughly modern Fire Department of today. The evolution of the individual fire companies is discussed as well as the equipment used in the past and that employed today.

Major fires in Morristown, with photos, and the human side of our firefighters are portrayed. The book is lavishly illustrated showing the progression of the fire department over 220 years.

A native of New York City, Dr. Robert J. Fredericks has lived in Morristown and Morris Township for 49 years. A U.S. Navy Veteran, he is a Past President of the Morris County Historical Society and The Washington Association of New Jersey and currently is the Morris Township Historian.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


The American Civilization Institute of Morristown: A Case Study in Community Based Teaching and Learning

Sunday October 8, 2017
2:00 PM

Join us in the library’s lower level meeting room to hear Denise Meringolo, Associate Professor and Director of Public History at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Oceanport, NJ native, tell the story of the American Civilization Institute of Morristown, which was an experiment in community based teaching and learning.

As a case study, it suggests that teaching beyond the test and beyond the classroom can have a meaningful impact not only on students’ intellectual achievement, but also on the life of the local community.

The idea for ACIM was hatched in the spring and summer of 1964. Morristown School District superintendent Harry Wenner, Morristown High School social studies teacher Jack Stewart, and Morristown school board member Dorothy Harvey, developed a plan for using the Timothy Mills House, a mid-eighteenth century structure adjacent to Morristown High School, as a multi-disciplinary laboratory.  To help them shape a program, they turned to anthropologist Gene Weltfish at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  For the duration of the program—which ran from 1965 until 1969—Weltfish and Wenner served as co-directors.

The ACIM engaged faculty and students from Morristown High School and Fairleigh Dickinson University in a multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary, broadly collaborative, community focused experiential learning program.  During the life of the project, high school and college educators provided students with vocational training in material culture research, collections management, and public program development.  But their work was also intellectual.  They encouraged students to explore and challenge prevailing ideas about the history, composition, and nature of community.

This program is supported by the Friends of the Library

New Jersey Folk Revival Music - History and Tradition

Tuesday October 24, 2017
7:00 PM

Held in the Library's Lower Level Meeting Room.

Author and historian Michael Gabriele will discuss his recent book, New Jersey Folk Revival Music, and explore the chronological narrative of the evolution, traditions, and history of folk revival music in New Jersey.

Folk  revival music is a “living history” that builds upon time-honored traditions.  New Jersey Folk Revival Music documents the Garden State’s vast contributions to this musical genre and examines the effects of folk revival music on local history and culture, as well as how it has changed lives—those on stage and those in the audience.

A representative from the Folk Project will provide an overview of the 40 year history of the organization, and its role in the New Jersey folk music scene. A musician from The Folk Project will play for 15 minutes. A question and answer period will conclude this program.

The program is supported by the Friends of the Library.


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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