Library Collections

Boonton Holmes Library

621 Main Street, Boonton, NJ 07005; Tel (973) 334-2980

Holdings include books, journals, pamphlets, maps, and biographical and business indexes relating to Boonton’s history. The Library also has photograph and postcard collections and a vertical file with newspaper clippings. The Boonton Times Bulletin is available on microfilm (from 1872-1979) and a partial index is available. The collection also contains over 350 books and periodicals on state and local history. Visit their web site at

Chathams, Library of the

214 Main Street, Chatham, NJ 07928; (973) Tel 635-0603

This repository contains materials (some in microfilm) relating to the history of Chatham, including records of churches, clubs, and municipal government. The collection also includes 400 books on state and local history. Some materials belong to the Chatham Historical Society. Photocopies may be made at the discretion of the reference librarian. Visit their web site at

Chester Library

Chester Library, 250 W. Main Street, Chester, NJ 07930; Tel (908) 879-7612

The Chester Library counts among its holdings locally produced World War II newsletters, the Combe Fill South Landfill Records (which document a Superfund site in Chester and Washington Townships), family records, and the Library’s archive. The archive comprises materials created by the Friends of the Library, the Library Board of Directors, and the Library. The Board records date back to the Library’s inception in 1911. An 1860 wall-sized topographical map of New Jersey is on permanent display. Many of the items in the collections have digital copies available for viewing online at the Library’s web site.

Dover Free Public Library

32 East Clinton Street, Dover, NJ 07801; Tel (973) 366-0172

This repository contains Dover Township minutes, microfilm newspapers from the 1800s, and maps and government records, primarily relating to Dover; plus photographs. The New Jersey Collection contains 600 books. Researchers should inquire about Library hours. Visit their web site at

Jefferson Township Public Library

1031 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge, NJ 07438; Tel (973) 208-6115; Email [email protected]

Manuscript holdings consist entirely of a compilation of Jefferson Township cemetery inscriptions and some oral history tapes. Visit their web site

Long Hill Township Public Library

917 Valley Road, Gillette, NJ 07933; Tel (908) 647-2088; Email [email protected]

This Library’s holdings include over nine linear feet of material on state and local history, 21 oral histories, and one document box of clippings, photographs, etc., relating to Long Hill Township. Bound copies of the weekly paper, the Echoes-Sentinel, date back to 1952. Minutes of the Board of Education are held for two years. Visit their web site at

Madison Public Library, Local History Center

39 Keep Street, Madison, NJ 07940; Tel (973) 377-0722

This archives includes nine cubic feet of records. Subject strengths include Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, the rose industry of Madison, and A. W. Rushmore and the Golden Hind Press. Materials include books, maps and atlases, local city directories, pamphlets, photograph files, state and local history periodicals, transcribed oral histories, the Madison Eagle (with index) on microfilm from 1882 to present. The archives also contain 500 books on state and local history. Visit their web site at

Mendham Borough Library

10 Hilltop Road, Mendham, NJ 07945; Tel (973) 543-4152

Holdings include two cubic feet of church records, a genealogical index, and nineteenth century general store ledgers, primarily relating to Mendham. These are listed on a card file according to subject. A small collection of books on state and local history is also available. Visit their web site at

Morris County Library

30 East Hanover Avenue, Whippany, NJ 07981; Tel (973) 285-6930

The New Jersey Collection of the Morris County Library is actually two collections: Local History and Genealogy, and New Jersey State Documents. The Local History and Genealogy Collection has 4,500 plus books, pamphlets, magazines, microfilms, manuscripts, maps, and atlases. These materials are focused on New Jersey and Morris County. The Morris County Library is a depository Library for New Jersey documents including a collection of annual reports from state agencies and special reports on a variety of subjects. They include such items as New Jersey Economic Indicators, Listing of Licensed Child Care Centers, New Jersey Health Statistics, and Crime in New Jersey. Materials in this 4,000 plus collection are retained for five years. Earlier materials are available at the State Library. Visit their web site at

Morristown & Morris Township Public Library

One Miller Road, Morristown, NJ 07960; Tel (973) 538-3473

This Library’s Local History and Genealogy Department has approximately 44,000 books, maps, microfilm, and microfiche, as well as approximately 1000 linear feet of archival material relating to Morris County and New Jersey. These collections–which include deeds, church, government and charitable association records, and business and family papers–make this Library an especially valuable resource for local historians and genealogists. There are over 1,400 maps, a large photograph collection (including approximately 10,000 photographs taken by Morristown photographer Frederick Curtiss during the period 1903-1938), oral history transcriptions, an extensive microfilm collection of old newspapers, and New Jersey censuses. The Library also holds one of the finest collections of published and original material by and about the life and work of Thomas Nast, as well as an extensive collection of first edition books illustrated by Arthur Burdett Frost. Visit their web site at

Mount Arlington Public Library

404 Howard Boulevard, Mount Arlington 07856; Tel (973) 398-1516

Holdings consist of one volume of government records; plus photographs and oral history tapes. There also are 150 books on state and local history. Visit their web site at

Pequannock Township Public Library

477 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444; Tel (973) 835-7460

This repository contains a local history of early settlements and settlers of Pompton, Pequannock, and Pompton Plains (1881) and a collection of over 500 books on state and local history. Visit their web site at

Randolph Township Public Library

28 Calais Road, Randolph, NJ 07869; Tel (973) 895-3556; Fax (973) 895-4946

This repository has a small collection of materials relating to Randolph Township including municipal records, church and cemetery records, and genealogies. There is no finder’s guide, but the collection is small enough to review rapidly. Holdings also include 1,200 books on state and local history. Visit their web site at

Rockaway Borough Free Public Library

82 East Main Street, Rockaway, NJ 07866; Tel (973) 627-5709

Three cubic feet of materials include information relating to Rockaway families, most notably the Edmund E. Halsey collection of Civil War letters; also legal and financial documents from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries, a photographic collection, and information on churches and a war memorial association,. There is no finder’s guide, but the collection is easily surveyed. A collection of 200 books on state and local history also is available. The collections are open to researchers by appointment. Visit their web site at

Roxbury Public Library

103 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 07876; Tel (973) 584-2400; Email [email protected]

This repository holds personal papers, church records, and histories relating to Roxbury Township. It includes the family papers of Dr. Theodore Frelinghuysen Wolfe and Mary Wolfe Thompson and papers of the Stoddard family. There is no finder’s guide, but the collection is small enough to review rapidly. The Library’s holdings also include oral history videocassette tapes and over 900 books relating to state and local history. Visit their web site at

Wharton Public Library

15 South Main Street, Wharton, NJ 07885; Tel (973) 361-1333

Holdings consist of some materials relating to the Wharton area, its iron mines, and the Morris Canal. A one-page index of numbered folders with titles is provided. The Library also has 150 books on state and local history. Visit their web site AT