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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.     


New Finding Aids

The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center has preserved and organized two recent acquisitions: the Kathryn B. Jackson Papers, 1901-1994 and the Thomas McClure Peters Diary, 1844-1866. Portions of The Brinley and Holbook Lanscape Architecture Collection were recently conserved and inventoried. Links to finding aids for these collections are below.


Kathryn B. Jackson was a beloved children’s author who wrote numerous titles for the Golden Books series; she is perhaps best known for the Saggy Baggy Elephant and the Tawny Scrawny Lion. A longtime Morristown resident, Jackson also worked as Senior Editor for Silver Burdett Textbook Company and Scholastic Magazine, and served as President of the Friends of the Morristown and Morris Township Library. Her papers reflect the successful publishing career that she built with husband Byron H. Jackson, Jr., and include photographs and ephemera depicting her family life.



Thomas McClure Peters served as Archdeacon of New York and rector of St. Michael’s Protestant Episcopal Church in New York, and founded the Sheltering Arms home for children. Born in Boston, he graduated from Yale in 1841 and entered the General Theological Seminary in New York, but postponed his studies for a two-year tour of Europe. While rector at St. Michael’s, Peters founded a new church cemetery and was actively involved in charitable institutions. The first handwritten diary contains observations of Peters’ travels in Italy, France, England, and Germany, while the second diary includes daily entries regarding the theological calendar, church services, and personal notes.


Brinley & Holbrook was a landscape architecture firm founded in 1901 by John Brinley and John Holbrook, known for their picturesque landscape design plans. This collection contains over 2,000 items consisting of landscape architecture drawings and plans, building and garden sketches, horticulture plans, and photographs by Brinley & Holbrook from 1896 to 1929.


Exhibit: Morristown: 1865-2015: Identity, Tradition and Enterprise

Exhibit: Morristown: 1865-2015: Identity, Tradition and Enterprise

On display from September 8th through December 31. Morristown once comprised territory stretching from Mendham to Chatham until 1865 when, amidst the chaos of the Civil War, mysterious forces acted to separate it from Morris Township. The Morristown & Morris Township Library invites you to explore an exhibit that details the lives of those who came to Morristown seeking wealth, redemption, conflict, or a new beginning. 

A reception for the exhibit will be held on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 PM.

Utilizing rare and previously unseen archival materials, visitors will witness the development of the Green as the center of commerce, public affairs, and leisure, and how nearby houses of worship focused residents’ spiritual and social lives.

Long a center of commerce and trade, early settlers struggled with the limitations of dirt roads until residents developed interstate canals, rail and trolley lines, and sophisticated highway systems. Changes in criminal behavior and law enforcement will be explored, as well as efforts to educate productive upstanding citizens through forward-thinking private and public schools. 

In addition to the generations of innovators and immigrants who built Morristown’s many businesses and infrastructure, we will take a look at those who celebrated cultural and religious events, grieved over shared disaster and commemorated war dead, and fought to make Morristown a place where everyone could gather in peace.

This exhibit is sponsored by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission and by funding from the Friends of the Library. For more information please contact the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center at 973-538-3473 or or visit us in lower level of the library.      


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. 


Silas Ogden Journal Acquisition

Silas Ogden’s journal starts on December 11, 1812, with an entry noting the end of his nine-year apprenticeship in Morristown to Silas Mills as a tanner.  During his training, Silas would only see his parents once, and Mr. Mills eventually regarded him as a member of his extended family. Nevertheless, Ogden managed to remain close with his parents and eleven siblings who he immediately set out to visit and assist with a number of business propositions. The journal recounts Ogden’s military training (during the War of 1812 he was a Fife Major in the First Regiment of the Morris Brigade), social engagements with several Morristown families, travels across the state on horseback and by foot, and other aspects of day to day life in early 1800s America. The Silas Ogden Journal was recently cataloged and is available to researchers in the reading room.




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