The library has back issues of several newspapers on
microfilm: Elizabeth Daily
Journal, Newark Evening News, New York Times, Star Ledger, and The Wall
Street Journal. The collection also includes the New Jersey Census on
microfilm for the years 1855-1915, US Census of New Jersey for 1830-1910
and the Elizabeth City directories from 1865-1971. To view them we offer
two reader/printers, which are connected to computers for easy scanning and
uploading to your email account. Microfilm materials are available during
all library hours of operation. Please ask staff for assistance.
Newark Evening News Microfilm
New Jersey State Census Microfilm
United States Census New Jersey
Find the people that lived in our city from
1865-1971, complete with addresses, places of employment, and an occasional
date of death.
Elizabeth City Directory Microfilm Holdings
Our collection includes the microfilm edition
of The Elizabeth Daily Journal
newspaper from 1871-1991 and a limited number of issues of its predecessor,
The New Jersey Journal from
1779-1871. An indexed file covering the years 1915-1991 is an aid to
research, and a noteworthy artifact in its own right. For obituary
searches, only prominent figures are listed in the index.
Elizabeth Daily Journal Microfilm
New Jersey Journal Microfilm
The Vertical File was created by Elizabeth Public Library Reference staff and is comprised of newspaper clippings, pamphlets, postcards, and/or photographs that cover the history of Elizabeth from the mid 1800’s through 2000. The majority of the collection comes from The Elizabeth Daily Journal, as well as gathered ephemera from various local organizations and institutions which highlight the history of the city of Elizabeth. The collection is stored in a file cabinet housed in the Elizabeth Local History Room of the Elizabeth Public Library. Access to this collection is available during the Local History Room’s open hours or through appointment.
Elizabeth Vertical File Subject Index
The library has yearbooks with some year gaps
for Battin (1927-1974), Thomas Jefferson (1934-1972), Edison (1966-1987),
and Elizabeth High School (1980-2004). We always welcome donations of
yearbooks from Elizabeth schools that could help to fill the gaps in our
collection. To donate a copy of an Elizabeth yearbook, contact the Local
History Room at (908) 354-6060 x. 7152.
Our collection contains the 1927, 1951, and
1958 editions of the Elizabeth City maps.
collection houses a selection of reference books that can be useful tools
for researching your family roots. Titles such as American Genealogical Biographical
Index, Lineage Book: Daughters of the American Revolution and Colonial Families of the United States
of America are a few of the sources available. General genealogical
resources are located outside the Local History Room and are accessible
during all Main Library hours of operation. Genealogies of specific
families and the Genealogy Vertical File are stored within the Local
History Room and can be accessed during open hours or by making an
Genealogy Vertical File
Vertical File Obituary Index Current