The Elizabeth Public Library
Local History Room
are researching your family tree or an historic figure, our Local History
Room, on the 3rd floor of our Main location, is a quiet space to
pursue the past. To ensure the safety and preservation of our many unique
items, access to the room is granted during the following hours:
Mondays & Thursdays
access is provided by appointment only. Please call908-354-6060 x. 7152 or
email email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
New Jersey: Rich with history
The Elizabeth Public Library is your
gateway to Elizabeth’s past, and it’s available to you in several ways. If
you were wondering where you can go to begin discovering the history of
Elizabeth, this is the place to start.
Find the people that lived in our city from 1868- 1971,
complete with addresses, places of employment, and an occasional date of
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.
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.
These files include articles arranged by date and
subjects pertaining to local places, events, businesses and people.
Our collection contains the 1927, 1951, and 1958
editions of the Elizabeth City maps.
Other items of
A few of the outstanding sources of local history you
can find in the library are:
· Elizabeth by Jean Rae Turner
· Elizabeth: The First Capital by Jean Rae Turner
· The History of Elizabeth, New Jersey by Edwin F. Hatfield
· As We Were by Theodore Thayer
· Elizabeth Government and Ordinances, 1868-1938
· The Minutes of Elizabeth City Council, 1868-1985.
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 Revolutionand Colonial Families of the United States of America are a few of
the sources available. Genealogical resources are located outside the Local
History Room and are accessible during all Main Library hours of operation.
The library has back issues of several newspapers on
microfilm: Elizabeth Daily
Journal, Newark Evening News, New York Times, Newark Daily News, Star Ledger,
and The Wall Street Journal. The collection also includes the New Jersey
Census on microfilm for the years 1855-1915 and the US Census for 1830-1910.
To view them we offer two reader/printers, one of which is connected to a
computer for easy scanning and uploading to your email account. Microfilm
materials are available during all library hours of operation. Please ask
staff for assistance.
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