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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
email us for more information.


Research from home: new databases at the NJH&GC

(A Morristown & Township Library Card is needed to access from home)

America's Genealogy Bank is an online collection created for genealogists
containing historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, genealogies, and more
than 23 million obituaries. is an extensive archive to help people study Jewish history and genealogy. Includes Jewish cemetery and immigration documents, and a number of information-rich books.


You can now read Setting up Our Own City online. An oral history project by Cheryl C. Turkington with interviews by Helen Baker Conover, Setting up Our Own City 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.


Recently Processed Collections

Boonton Iron Works Records, 1876-1900
Business papers and correspondence from a local iron works.

Morris County Fair Housing Council Records, 1963-1988
Volunteer organization dedicated to combatting racial discrimination in Morris County housing.

Morris County Sunday School Association Minutes, 1896-1930
Published minutes of the organization that supported the American Sunday School movement.

Oram Collection of Mining Records of Charles Hoff, Jr., Moses Tuttle, and John Jacob Faesch, 1773-1885
Early business records and correspondence from several prominent Morris County families involved in New Jersey’s iron mining industry.

Robert Simms Collection, 1940 - 1990
Stage and television actor, theater instructor, and longtime Morristown resident; Simms had a prolific career in community theater and off-Broadway

Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey Records, 1898-2001
Originally dedicated to the healthcare needs of poor and immigrant communities, the VNA has grown to address 21st century needs of in-home physical therapy, palliative care, and hospice services


2017 Photo Contest Winners

Our photo 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, and our 2016 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!



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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