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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 at
njhgc@jfpl.org for more information.

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Third Annual Library Photo Contest - 2018

Share your photos  of the vibrant businesses of Morristown & Morris Township!

The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center invites interested persons to enter our third photo contest. Celebrate our community through the art of photography, and contribute to the Library's local history picture collection.

All 2018 contest entries must feature a Morristown or Morris Township business. Your submission should be a clearly identifiable image of an interior or exterior place of business.

Photographs should be taken between July 1st, 2018 and September 30th, 2018 and submitted by October 5, 2018. Contestants may submit up to 5 high resolution digital images to: njhgclargefiles@gmail.com   Open to amateur photographers only. (An amateur photographer is defined as a person who receives less than 50% of their annual income through photography.)

Model Release: Photographs that contain recognizable people must be accompanied by a model release form signed by each person photographed. If any photographed individuals are under the age of 18 years, the youth’s parent or legal guardian must also sign the photo release.

Please include the date the photograph was taken, your name, contact information and the location of the photograph.

Awards will be based on artistic excellence and historical value. One award will be given for the best Morristown photograph and one for the best Morris Township photograph. The awards are a $50 gift certificate to the Jockey Hollow Bar and Kitchen and a $50 gift certificate to 70 South St. Gallery. Winners will be announced on November 7th at 7pm in Library’s lower level meeting room.

By entering the contest, participants will allow the library to use the images in library publications, social media or in future exhibits. Photographers will be credited whenever and wherever we post the photographs.  
 
For further details, please contact the History Center at njhgc@jfpl.org or (973) 538-3473.

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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.

Jewishdata.com 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.

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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.

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The Henry W. Pilch Collection, ca.1724-1986.

The North Jersey History & Genealogy Center is pleased to announce that it has opened the Henry W. Pilch Collection to researchers. The papers contain extensive documentation of land usage within the state from the early 18th through the 20th centuries that Pilch collected in the course of his law practice. In addition to tracing property ownership throughout Morris County and Northern New Jersey, the records follow the family histories of numerous prominent and longtime residents.

Henry’s lifelong interest in history and genealogy resulted in countless hours conducting research in the Morristown & Morris Township Library’s local history department, to which he donated his notes and legal papers in 1987; they consist of over 310,000 pages of family and town histories, along with a vast collection of maps, deeds, mortgages, and surveys.

The papers illustrate centuries of residential development, agricultural use, as well as the acquisition of land for public infrastructure needs. The records are particularly valuable to genealogists, homeowners and businesses owners, and scholars of state and local history.

Archivist Jeffrey Moy began processing the collection in 2014 and completed its arrangement and description in May 2018. Related collections include hundreds of historic and hand-reproduced maps that Pilch had previously donated, along with a group of records from the Minton and Day law firm. The finding aid to the Henry W. Pilch Collection may be found online and the papers are available in the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center during normal Library hours.

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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!




 

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

Here you can 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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