North Jersey History & Genealogy Center

Archival & Manuscript Collection Finding Aids

Title & Description
17th, 18th and 19th Century British Plays at the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center, 1675-1807
This collection contains 43 plays from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The types of plays include dramas, satires, comedies, amatory fiction and one musical. Written by English and Irish authors during the Restoration and Georgian time periods, the collection includes the works of 35 playwrights, three of whom were women.
Clubs & Organizations Historic Preservation Collections
Abell, Frank D. Papers, 1901-1968
Morristown, New Jersey banker and politician; [Related collection, Jennie Dean Beaver, M.D., Papers, 1900-1967]
Church, School & Government Records Family & Personal Papers
American Association of University Women – Morristown branch Records, 1930-1999.
Local branch of service organization of university and college educated women who lobby for educational opportunities for women and girls, as well as for equal pay.
Clubs & Organizations
American Civilization Institute of Morristown, 1965-1969.
Educational program and archeological excavation of a colonial-era farmhouse in Morristown, New Jersey.
Clubs & Organizations Historic Preservation Collections
Angus Family Evidence Scrapbook, 1853-1969.
One scrapbook of research materials used to compile Angus family genealogy. Includes photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings and one burial record.
Family & Personal Papers
Arnold Family Papers, 1763-1878.
Owners of Revolutionary War era tavern; family records; business transactions; Morristown, New Jersey.
Family & Personal Papers Local Business Collections
Auchincloss and Schnell Family Papers, 1835 – ca.1987.
Personal papers and genealogical information from two New York and New Jersey families and their work in the publishing and engineering fields.
Family & Personal Papers
Ball Family Papers, 1810-1950
The Ball Family Papers include legal documents, property records, diaries, correspondence and photographic material of a successful Morris County farming family, dating from the mid- 19th to early 20th century.
Family & Personal Papers
Beaver, M.D., Jennie Dean Papers, 1900-1967.
First female physician of Morristown, New Jersey.
Family & Personal Papers
Boonton Iron Works Records, 1876-1900
Business papers and correspondence from a local iron works.
Local Business Collections
Brienza Family Collection, 1914-1964.
Boxing in New Jersey; U.S. Army; American Red Cross; Fencing, Newark, New Jersey.
Family & Personal Papers
Brookside Woman’s Club Records, 1945-2012
Brookside Woman’s Club Records include documents, publications and scrapbooks created by a Mendham Township woman’s group from the mid-twentieth century until its’ dissolution in 2012.
Clubs & Organizations
Burnham Park Association Records, 1967-1989
The records and photographs of this collection deal mainly with the April 29, 1989 Arbor Day Commemoration of Kenneth W. Allen as the first Chairman of the Burnham Park Association Board of Trustees.
Clubs & Organizations
Business and Professional Women’s Club of Morristown, 1927-1957.
Local chapter of early 20th century national professional women’s organization in Morristown, New Jersey.
Clubs & Organizations Local Business Collections
Business Ephemera and Artifacts Collection, circa 1816-2007.
Business materials intended to enhance or supplement research regarding Morris County and Morristown, New Jersey.
Local Business Collections
Canfield-Phillips Family Papers, 1890-1952.
Prominent Morristown, New Jersey family; correspondence; genealogy.
Family & Personal Papers
Chief George Nixon Collection, 1883-1998
This collection documents the career of a long-time Morristown firefighter and his rise through the ranks of the local fire department. The collection spans from 1883-1998 with the bulk of material dated 1960-1976. The documents, materials and artifacts found here (including fire ribbons and badges as well as a 19th century boarding house register book kept by his grandmother) were either created or collected by George Nixon.
Church, School & Government Records Family & Personal Papers
Civic Association of Morristown Records, 1905-1942
Civic organization that helped with the modern development of Morristown, New Jersey’s infrastructure.
Clubs & Organizations
Clyde Potts Papers, 1895-1959
This collection documents the personal, political and professional life of the former Mayor of Morristown, Clyde Potts. Types of material include printed material, letters, memoranda, speeches, reports and research that reflect his work both as Mayor and as a prominent Civil Engineer.
Church, School & Government Records Family & Personal Papers
Colles Family Papers, 1807-1946.
Letters of a late 19th and early 20th century family; Morristown, New Jersey.
Family & Personal Papers
Community Crusade for Worth-while Children’s Book Records, 1948-1949
Pocket Book marketing campaign in Morristown, New Jersey.
Local Business Collections
Concerned Citizens of the Second Ward, 1959-2008 (bulk 1995-2006)
HM51 MSS Conc Rec consists of eleven manuscript boxes of documents and photographs relating to the neighborhood activist group, Concerned Citizens of the Second Ward and its affiliated organizations and projects.
Clubs & Organizations
Conn Farm-Tamaracks Collection, 1789-1940.
Deeds; Byram township, Sussex County, New Jersey.
Deeds
Cutler Family Paper and the Cutler Land Company Records, 1763-1974
One of Morristown’s most prominent founding families, the Cutlers were physicians, politicians, lawyers, and owned a significant amount of land in New Jersey and the Midwest.
Family & Personal Papers
DeCamp Family Papers, 1745-1976.
Early Morris County history; genealogy; Morris County, New Jersey.
Family & Personal Papers
DeChiara, Raymond Family Papers, 1905 – 2005.
Personal and business papers of the head of urban renewal responsible for planning Morristown’s Headquarters Plaza redevelopment project.
Church, School & Government Records Family & Personal Papers
Diary of Thomas McClure Peters, 1844-1866
Archdeacon of New York and rector of St. Michael’s Protestant Episcopal Church in New York; McClure Peters also founded the Sheltering Arms home for children.
Family & Personal Papers

Dover Memorial Association Records, 1921-1995
Dover, New Jersey based veterans association.

Clubs & Organizations
Dustan Family Papers, 1884-1959
The Dustan Family Papers chronicles a prominent Morristown family whose veterinary practice spanned two generations. The collection contains correspondence, paper documents, account books, bound volumes, a scrapbook, oversized charts and certificates and photographs.
Family & Personal Papers Local Business Collections

Ethelbert E. Furlong Collection
The Ethelbert E. Furlong Collection contains three manuscript boxes of professional material and approximately 1000 professional landscaping plans created by Furlong during his career.

Family & Personal Papers

Ethelbert Ely Furlong Landscape Architecture Collection, 1913-1965.
Ethelbert Ely Furlong (1894-1993) was a landscape architect in practice in northern New Jersey from 1920 until 1983. The collection consists of over 1000 landscape architecture plans, design layouts, blueprints, trade magazine articles, and photographs.

Historic Preservation Collections

Faesch Correspondence and Genealogy Collection, [1764-1828]; 1963; 1982-1983.
Pre- and post- Revolutionary war era correspondence and genealogical collection created by the Faesch family of Morris County. John Jacob Faesch was an important figure in the iron mining/iron ore industry that helped to supply George Washington’s army with artillery and ammunition.

Family & Personal Papers

Female Charitable Society of Morristown Records, 1813-1967
Charitable association created by prominent women of Morristown, New Jersey.

Clubs & Organizations

First Baptist Church of Morristown Collection, 1752-1985.

Church, School & Government Records

Fowler, Alex Collection, 1771-1984.
Historic Homes of Morris County, New Jersey.

Family & Personal Papers Historic Preservation Collections

Frances, Helen Clark Girl Scout Papers, 1926-1937.
Personal documents of an early Morristown, New Jersey Girl Scout.

Family & Personal Papers

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.

Church, School & Government Records

Garden Club of Morristown Records, 1913-2007 [bulk 1970-2003]
Minutes, annual reports, budgets, scrapbooks and membership lists of the Club.

Clubs & Organizations

Greene, M. Louise Photograph Collection, circa 1911-1914
M. Louise Greene was one of Morristown’s first women business owners. Between the years of 1910-1914 she owned and operated a photographic studio on Speedwell Avenue.

Local Business Collections

Halsey, Edmund D. Papers, 1793-1906.
Legal abstracts, surveys and search notes for properties in the town of Denville, and the townships of Rockaway, Pequannock and Hanover, New Jersey from the 19th century.

Deeds Family & Personal Papers

Harper, Ethel Ernestine Papers, 1905-1981.
First African-American to become a professional in the Morris Area Girl Scouts Council; Morristown, New Jersey.

Family & Personal Papers

Henry W. Pilch Collection, ca.1724-1986.
Expansive collection documenting land ownership in Northern New Jersey (primarily Morris County) and many families who lived there from the early 18th to late 20th century.

Deeds Historic Preservation Collections Local Business Collections

Hibernia Underground Railroad Records, 1889-1894
Records of the narrow gauge railroad that took iron ore from inside a mountain in Hibernia (Rockaway Township, New Jersey), to the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western platform at Dover and Rockaway Junction.

Local Business Collections

Hill Family Papers , 1841-1946
The papers document a prominent upper middle class Morristown family that endeavored to enter high society while confronting financial instability and personal conflict. The papers especially highlight the life and career of Alice Leslie Hill, an avid Republican reformer, feminist, and birth control activist whose fractious personal life led to her institutionalization at Greystone Park.

Family & Personal Papers

Hoffman, Henry Byram Collection, 1850-1945.
Scrapbooks of indexed Morris County, New Jersey news and events.

Local Business Collections

Home Garden Club of Morristown
Administrative and working papers of Club activities, programs, and community beautification projects.

Clubs & Organizations

Hopping Family of Hanover, Papers, 1820-1940.
Photographs of Hopping house and Hopping family members from Hanover Township, New Jersey. Genealogy, postcards and other ephemeral items are included.

Family & Personal Papers

Hotchkin Sisters Papers, 1862-1956.
The Hotchkin Sisters Concert Co. and Bell Ringers were a travelling musical group from Summit, New Jersey. Included in this collection are photographs by a late 19th century female photographer, M. Louise Greene, of Morristown, New Jersey.

Family & Personal Papers

Howell Genealogy Papers, 1819-1899
This collection contains one box of genealogical documents, correspondence, professional certificates, and legal documents such as deeds, mortgages, and wills. The bulk of the material pertains to George W. Howell (1835-1901), although various members of his extended family are also represented, including; the Todd’s, Lee’s, and Cornish’s of Morris County.

Family & Personal Papers

Howell, George W. Correspondence, 1856-1960.
Collection of personal correspondence between New Jersey Normal School student, George W. Howell, and his family. The letters recount the daily life on the Howell farm in Littleton, New Jersey and a student's life at the New Jersey Normal School in Trenton.

Family & Personal Papers

Inventory of Landscape Architecture plans by the Firm of Brinley and Holbrook, 1896-1929.
Brinley & Holbrook was a landscape architecture firm founded in 1901 by John Brinley and John Holbrook, and known for their picturesque 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.

Historic Preservation Collections Local Business Collections

James-McCarroll Family Papers, 1801-1910.
19th century real estate interests of two Morris County, New Jersey families.

Family & Personal Papers

Jersey Jetport Site Association Collection
Papers of the group that opposed a jetport in Morris County; creation of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge; Morris and Somerset Counties, New Jersey.

Clubs & Organizations

Kathryn B. Jackson Papers, 1901 – 1994
Beloved children’s author and Morristown resident. Among the numerous books written by Jackson for the Golden Books series, she is perhaps best known for the Saggy Baggy Elephant and the Tawny Scrawny Lion.

Family & Personal Papers

Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club Photograph Collection, 1905-2005.
Photographs of club commodores; resort and recreation area; Lake Hopatcong, Morris County, New Jersey.

Clubs & Organizations

League of Women Voters of the Morristown Area Records, 1945-1998.
Women’s group of the Morristown, New Jersey area committed to promoting democratic ideals and political responsibility. Morristown, Morris Township and Morris Plains, New Jersey.

Clubs & Organizations

Manahan, Mayor J. Raymond Collection, 1952-1997.
Mayor of Morristown, New Jersey from 1955-1964.

Church, School & Government Records

Market Street Mission, 1893-1995.
Morristown, New Jersey based mission serving the homeless.

Clubs & Organizations

Miller-Keasbey Family Real Estate Papers, 1888-1922.
Miller-Keasbey Family Real Estate Papers, 1888-1922.

Local Business Collections

Miscellaneous Manuscripts Index 1691-2011
Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection contains smaller or single-item collections that are unrelated by provenance. The collection spans the years 1691 to 2011 and is arranged alphabetically. Content varies widely, but primarily centers around the Morris County vicinity and New Jersey.

Church, School & Government Records Clubs & Organizations Family & Personal Papers Local Business Collections

Miss Dana’s School Records, 1873-1938.
Girls’ boarding school, Morristown, New Jersey.

Church, School & Government Records

Modern Mondays Reading Club Records, 1921-2011
Monthly book club dedicated to “serious and worthwhile reading”, featuring books and guest speakers that reflected the interests and opinions of the day.

Clubs & Organizations

Molnar, Joseph Papers, 1953-1959.
The Cold War and the Ground Observer Corps (GOC); Morristown, New Jersey.

Church, School & Government Records Family & Personal Papers

Monday Reading Club Records, 1928-2007.
Woman’s reading group of Morristown, New Jersey that existed from the late 1800's until 2007.

Clubs & Organizations

Morris Academy Records, 1792-1914
Church¸ School and Government Records,Private school that provided a classical education for boys and girls. Many graduates attended Princeton or Yale Universities.

Church, School & Government Records

Morris Aqueduct Records, 1799-1929.
Morristown, New Jersey’s first public water supply system.

Clubs & Organizations

Morris Area Environmental Action Reports, 1995-2003.
The collection contains environmental action reports detailing the remedial investigations performed for Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) in the Morristownarea between 1995-2003. The sites include: a former Morristown manufactured gas site and the Goldere Junkyard on Coal Street and, for the Hanover Compressor Station Upgrade in Florham Park.

Local Business Collections

Morris Area Genealogy Society Records, 1988-present.
Records of the Morris County, New Jersey, genealogy society.

Clubs & Organizations

Morris Community Chest Records, 1922-1942.
Early social services organization of Morris County, New Jersey; pre-cursor to the United Way of Morristown, New Jersey.

Clubs & Organizations

Morris County Civil War Certificates of Disability for Military Service, 1862
Certificates specifying physical or mental conditions that prevented Morristown residents from serving in the Civil War in 1862.

Church, School & Government Records

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

Clubs & Organizations

Morris County Militia Records, 1776; 1794-1812
The majority of the material in this collection includes lists of Morris County men drafted into the Militia between 1794 and 1812. Types of documents include paymaster receipts, muster roles, draft lists and fine lists, regimental orders, military court of appeals documents and a discharge paper.

Church, School & Government Records

Morris County Political Ephemera Collection, 1844 - 2018
Political campaign flyers, constituent communications, and political pins from Morristown, state, and national elections.

Church, School & Government Records

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

Church, School & Government Records

Morris Junior College Records, 1931-1970.
Mandate of the Emergency Relief Act; funded by Work Projects Administration; Morristown, New Jersey.

Church, School & Government Records

Morris School District Records, 1851-2009.
Collection of Morris School District historic documents, including information on the development of the school district and about the Boards of Education, Administration, schools, faculty, staff, sports and curriculum.

Church, School & Government Records

Morristown Chapter of the American Red Cross [Records], 1898-1996.
20th century relief efforts of Morristown, New Jersey chapter of national organization.

Clubs & Organizations

Morristown Charter Study Commission Records, 1969-1974.
The Charter Study Commission was an elected group of citizens who undertook a study of the town’s government and ultimately recommended, in 1972, that the towns governing structure be changed.

Church, School & Government Records

Morristown Memorial Hospital Records, 1894-1995.
Hospital annual reports; anniversary programs; Morristown, New Jersey.

Clubs & Organizations

Morristown Neighborhood House Association Records, 1898-2001.
Social service organization, Morristown, New Jersey.

Clubs & Organizations

Morristown, New Jersey Property Deeds and Land Titles: 14 Franklin Street Records, 1850-1943; 1983.
Property records for 14 Franklin Street, Morristown, NJ .

Deeds

Mount Kemble Home Records, 1883-1980.
Historic Morristown social institution; Morristown, New Jersey.

Clubs & Organizations

Mount Tabor Band Records, 1954-Present.
Youth concert band, Parsippany, New Jersey.

Clubs & Organizations

New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs Yearbook Collection, 1909-1957.
State-wide women’s organization with 21 county affiliates, including two from Morristown.

Clubs & Organizations

North Jersey History & Genealogy Center Autograph Collection, 1685-1992.
This collection contains the autographs and signatures of over 100 people collected by the Morristown Library's administration over the years.

 

Clubs & Organizations

Ogden Family Papers, 1905-1939
Elizabeth Town (Newark), New Jersey, family history. Includes information on the New York and Connecticut Ogdens.

Family & Personal Papers

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.

Local Business Collections

Owen Family Papers, 1857-1937.
Morristown, New Jersey physician, Civil War veteran and family papers.

Family & Personal Papers

Paterson Project Collection, 1968-1978.
Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison, New Jersey) transportation project.

Church, School & Government Records

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.

Church, School & Government Records

Preserve Greystone Records, 1930-2012
This collection contains issues of the Psychogram from the 1960’s and 1970’s, hospital staff news, photographs, newspaper clippings, historical literature prepared by the hospital (undated), and one issue of the Clinical Training Center's Newsletter from 1940. Of particular interest are: exterior views of the Kirkbride Building taken over a ten year period between the 1980's and 1990's and, a brief four page history of Greystone Park.

Clubs & Organizations Historic Preservation Collections

Rae, John Collection, 1868-2005.
Research files of Morris County author whose books document the Gilded Age homes and society of Morris County, N.J.

Historic Preservation Collections

Ralston and Nesbitt Family Papers, 1700-1964.
Mendham, Morris County, New Jersey family legal papers; genealogy.

Family & Personal Papers

Resolute Hook and Ladder Company, No. 1 Records, 1869-1988.
Morristown, New Jersey volunteer fire company.

Church, School & Government Records Clubs & Organizations

Rice, Denise Guerin Collection, 1724-2005.
Early Morris County history; genealogy; Morris County, New Jersey.

Family & Personal Papers

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 productions.

Family & Personal Papers

Rockland, Michael Aaron Papers, 1967-2004.
Morristown, New Jersey based author.

Family & Personal Papers

Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1834-2005
Printed material, sermons, and other records related to one of Morristown’s most prominent congregations.

Church, School & Government Records

Sam Faiello Papers, 1959-1987
Writer, publicist, and novelist whose career encompassed work on New Jersey legislative campaigns, with advertising and public relations firms, and as a published novelist.

Family & Personal Papers

Sharp Family Papers, 1751-1934.
Washington Township, Morris County, New Jersey family legal and business papers; early 19th century resort hotel at Budd Lake, Mt. Olive Township, Morris County, New Jersey.

Family & Personal Papers

Thomas McClure Peters Diary, 1844-1866
Archdeacon of New York and rector of St. Michael’s Protestant Episcopal Church in New York; McClure Peters also founded the Sheltering Arms home for children.

Church, School & Government Records Family & Personal Papers

Tuttle-Hoff Papers, 1761-1835.
Documentation of the Tuttle, Hoff, Ford, and DeCamp families of Morris County, New Jersey.

Family & Personal Papers

Vaughan Family Papers, 1868-2003.
Morristown, New Jersey physician and politician.

Church, School & Government Records Family & Personal Papers

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.

Clubs & Organizations

Washington Engine Company, No. 1 Records, 1872-1992.
Morristown, New Jersey firehouse and volunteer department.

Church, School & Government Records Clubs & Organizations

Washington Valley Schoolhouse Records, 1813-2007.
Records of two Morris Township community groups: the Washington Valley Community Association and the Washington Valley Home Economics Club.

Clubs & Organizations Historic Preservation Collections

Washington Valley Social Club Records, 1874; 1915-1926.
Documents the social activities of an early twentieth century community group in the Washington Valley, Morris Township area of Morris County, New Jersey.

Clubs & Organizations

Watnong Garden Club Collection, 1928-2005.
Morris Plains, New Jersey; horticultural organization.

Clubs & Organizations

Western Electric and Bell Telephone artifacts collection, circa 1900-1956.
Artifacts from Western Electric's Kearny, New Jersey company office.

Local Business Collections

Whitehead Family Papers, 1741-1945.
Documents the business, genealogy and land transactions of an early Morris County farm family.

Family & Personal Papers

Wise Family Papers, 1832-1943 [bulk 1844-1865]
This collection consists of family papers of a prominent Southern family who were related by marriage to the Miller family of Morristown. It includes Civil War-era diaries, personal and military correspondence, handwritten manuscripts, federal government dispatches, published political speeches, genealogical notes, and newspaper and periodical clippings. They papers reflect the actions, thoughts and deeds of a slave-owning southern family during our nations’ civil war.

Family & Personal Papers

Women’s Employment Society
Organization founded in 1872 to provide meaningful work to impoverished and homebound women.

Clubs & Organizations

World War I Enlistment Records for Morristown and Morris Township, circa 1908-1918.
Over 150 records bearing the vital statistics and community information of the men and women who served our country.

Church, School & Government Records
Zonta Club of the Morristown Area Records, 1956-2006.
A branch of the professional women's organization based in Morristown, New Jersey.
Clubs & Organizations
Cromwell and Kissel Family Papers, 1854-1947
Family papers, scrapbooks, and business records of a prominent Morristown and New York family, and their work in the banking and textile industries.
Family & Personal Papers