New Jersey Room

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Location:
Main Library, 3rd Floor

Phone: (201) 547-4503

Contacts:
Department Supervisor: Cynthia Harris
Director: Priscilla Gardner - (201) 547-4788

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Hours:

Monday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Upcoming New Jersey Room Events:

 

Picture Galleries:

50th Anniversary of the NJ Room (2014)

History Hunters: Aceti Family of Jersey City Donates 5 Archival Ledgers from 19th Century (2013)

NJ Room Stars as Backdrop Again for the TV show,  “Who Do You Think You Are?” (2012)

NJ Room's Version of the NBC Hit, “WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?”
(2012)

New Jersey Room Returns 220 Year Old Book to Library of Virginia (2012)

Women in Action Awards (2012)

The New Jersey Room is a collection of materials about New Jersey with an emphasis on Jersey City and Hudson County. The collection, numbering about 20,000 volumes, includes both current and historical information. In addition to books, the New Jersey Room has a complete collection of all published Jersey City/Hoboken city directories dating from 1849 to 1925; an index for the Jersey Journal for the years 1912-1954 and 1969 to the present, a picture collection of over 13,000 images; hundreds of historic and contemporary maps; over 150 periodicals; manuscript collections; and several thousand topical files.

While the New Jersey Room is the main resource of information on the history of Jersey City, many of our patrons come in search of information on local real estate, development, and business information. These collections are continually growing, as the economic climate of the city is constantly changing.

The historic collection includes books published about Jersey City, plus privately compiled volumes, such as church histories. We have many books on other towns in Hudson County and throughout the state. The newspaper index and the city directories help those researching their family histories. The department’s rare map collection, which includes maps of the area dating to the early 18th century, is extensive. Later maps and atlases are helpful in determining the age of houses in the city.

Please note that while everyone is welcome to use materials in the New Jersey Room, none of the materials can be checked out. Most materials, except for rare and fragile items, may be photocopied. In most cases, patrons may digitally photograph an image or any other material upon receiving written permission from the New Jersey Room staff.

New Jersey Room staff can answer questions about holdings of the library submitted by mail, phone, or email. A quick look-up, requiring only a few moments, can be accommodated free of charge. Such questions as "Is Mr. XYZ listed in the 1918 city directory?" or "Where is P.S. #14 located?" are the types that would fit in this category. If, however, your research requires a more in-depth investigation or the use of microfilm, and you cannot perform the research yourself, New Jersey Room Staff can conduct the research for you for a fee. Please complete and submit this form to request this service.

Do you have an old high school yearbook you would like to donate to the New Jersey Room?

New Jersey Room manager Cynthia Harris has been developing the high school yearbook collection for the last 10 years, pursuing a full collection estimated at more than 1,150 books from the roughly 19 public, private, and charter high schools that have taught Jersey City teens since the early 1900s.

Currently, there are over 650 yearbooks in this ever-growing collection for the New Jersey Room. Maybe you’d like to contribute yours?

As Harris told the Jersey Journal in a June 27, 2011 article, the yearbooks are “incredibly useful for genealogy.” She attributes her interest in yearbooks to her 25-year career as a Jersey City public school teacher.

Since beginning the yearbook search with Jersey City, Harris has extended the scope of the search to include all Hudson County communities. The books are being used to create – through the hard work of volunteers – a database of everyone who ever graduated in Hudson County. The list contains over 125,000 names and continues to grow.  Please let Ms. Harris know if you have a yearbook to donate, or if you would like to volunteer to input the names into our databases.

"Explore the History of Dutch Immigrants in Jersey City"

Resources in the New Jersey Room for Genealogical Searches


The Sandra & Glenn D. Cunningham Foundation Scholarship

The Sandra and Glenn D. Cunningham Foundation (SGCF) is a not-for-profit organization created to positively impact the growth and advancement of Jersey City, New Jersey, by offering needed educational and training opportunities to the community. With the theme of Empowering Stars of Tomorrow, it focuses on providing both financial assistance and a one-on-one mentor relationship with positive roles models to promising high school students who may need help and encouragement in reaching their goals.

Applications are available to any high school senior (must be graduating in May/June 2009) in either Jersey City or Bayonne. The deadline for application is April 30. Further details are available on the Foundation's website at http://www.sandraglennfoundation.org/?page_id=7.

High school seniors who wish to apply may pick up an application at the Foundation's Headquarters at the Newport Center Mall or at the New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library located at 472 Jersey Avenue.


Hudson County Genealogical Society

On Oct. 13, 2007 the Hudson County Genealogical Society was established to promote the study of the genealogy and history of Hudson County, NJ. The Society is working in partnership with the Jersey City Free Public Library, through the New Jersey Room, to index the obituaries that have appeared in the local newspapers. For more information and to learn about joining this Society, please check their website at http://www.hudsoncountynjgenealogy.org/.


Finding Aids to Manuscript and Archival Collections

The New Jersey Room has a number of manuscript collections – that is – collections of documents, letters, research material and related material amassed by individuals or organizations. In order to make the public aware of some of the things that cannot be catalogued as books, the staff of the New Jersey Room along with graduate students from the Library Schools of Rutgers University and Pratt Institute, are creating Finding Aids to facilitate use of these very important collections. Please take a look at the material contained in the William Richardson Papers and the First Jersey National Bank Papers. Access is available but an appointment is needed. More Finding Aids will be added as they are completed. The development of other aids is in process and includes the Audrey and Warren Zapp Papers (Liberty State Park), the Edmund Miller Papers, and more.

The Paul F. Franco Collection (1724-1975, bulk 1910-1971)

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