Brands and their Companies

(To access this title from home you must have a valid Morristown and Morris Township Library Card.) Lists manufacturers and distributors from small businesses to large corporations, from both the public and private sectors. Provides complete coverage of U.S. consumer brands; manufacturers, importers and distributors; and companies that are out of business, as well as brands that are no longer in production or are now considered generic.

Facts on File

A group of reference materials that are excellent for school assignments. Subject areas covered are history, science, literature, geography, health, careers, education, curriculum resources, and almanacs.

Encyclopedia of Associations National

(To access this title from home you must have a valid Morristown and Morris Township Library Card.) The only comprehensive source for detailed information on nonprofit American membership organizations of national scope. Each entry features a range of valuable data, typically including the organization’s complete name, address, e-mail, Web site and phone; the primary official’s name and title; founding date; purpose and activities; dues; national and international conferences; and more.

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.

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.

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!

Winners of the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center’s 2017 Photograph Contest

First Place – Morristown Views

View from Fort Nonsense Looking East
by Thomas Conroy

Honorable Mention – Morristown Views

Cannon at Fort Nonsense
by Luke Gong

First Place – Morris Township Views

“Whippany Farms” House and Gardens at Frelinghuysen Arboretum
by Swapna Penugonda

Honorable Mention – Morris Township Views

Fosterfields in Winter
by Mia Mutascio

Winners of the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center’s 2016 Inaugural Photograph Contest

First Place

Aerial View of Morristown, by R.J. Meyer

Second Place

Cattano and Speedwell Clash, by Stefan Glut

Third Place

Speedwell Dam, Morristown N.J., by Meredith Ross

Honorable Mention

Churchyard at the Presbyterian Church of Morristown, by Jayme Siegel Harvey

Honorable Mention

 Tractor at Fosterfields, Morris Township, by Luke Gong

Check out our local history articles in The Morristown!

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, so check back often.  We encourage you to use our history library to research any aspect of the Morris area’s past.

Newark Evening News Preservation

The North Jersey History and Genealogy Center announces that many reels of the early years of the Newark Evening News will be offsite, beginning July 24, 2018, for a preservation project for an undetermined length of time.  The reels date from September 1, 1883 to September 10, 1918.  Anyone interested in viewing those reels or getting copies of articles from those dates should contact the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center by calling 973-538-3473 or by e-mailing us at  We apologize for any inconvenience this project may cause but assure users that the end goal will be worth the wait.

“A Small Thing But My Own”: Photographs by Jim DelGiudice

Photographs by New Jersey born and bred photojournalist Jim DelGiudice are now showing in our F.M. Kirby Gallery, and will be up through April 14th. There will be a reception with the artist on Sunday, March 31st at 3:00PM.

Jim has used his eyes and voice to document the local scene for more than half a lifetime. His editorial photos have appeared in such diverse publications as The New York Times, American Theatre, The Encyclopedia of New Jersey, and Old House Journal (which in 1993 called his black & white images “stunning”).

Bring Home a Little Piece of Historic Morristown!

The institutional members of the Morristown Cultural District have developed a neat gift idea this fall that can fit nicely on your fireplace mantel, bookshelf or desk at home or anywhere—a Cat’s Meow Shelf Sitter of each the buildings of our institutions. Architectural renderings of the Mayo Performing Arts Center, St. Peter’s Church, the Presbyterian Church in Morristown and the Morristown & Morris Township Library are available in time for the 2018 holiday season! Each shelf sitter building costs $20.00, payable by cash or check.

Cat’s Meow, has been crafting little wooden buildings of local, national and international landmarks for 36 years from their shop in Wooster, Ohio. They have issued shelf sitters of everything from the Lincoln Memorial and Cape May Lighthouse to now, our buildings in Morristown! As an added bonus, a shelf sitter of the historic Vail Mansion and Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen is already in the planning stages too! Any of our buildings could make a great gift and are for sale in our Circulation Room, just off of the South Street Library entrance.
The ‘shelf sitter’ sale is the current fundraiser for the Cultural District and all profits from the sale will benefit the Morristown Neighborhood House, a part of Cornerstone Family Programs. For more information on Cornerstone Family Programs & The Morristown Neighborhood House, check out their website.

The Morristown Cultural District comprises five organizations located in the heart of the South Street business district. We have united to give back to the Morristown community that has supported us throughout our historic tenures. The Morristown Cultural District continues to actively inspire Spirit, Body and Mind within the community as it has done for over a century. Visit the Morristown Cultural District’s website for more information on their activities and members.