Newark History Society


The Newark Archives Project In 2009 the Newark History Society launched an ambitious project to encourage research in Newark history by providing a comprehensive online source of information about primary source materials related to Newark. In partnership with the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience and The John Cotton Dana Library, both at Rutgers University-Newark, the Newark Archives Project is now undertaking a survey of relevant archival collections located in Newark, in the New Jersey-New York metropolitan area, and ultimately throughout the United States. Our survey includes papers of individuals and families; records of government agencies, organizations, and businesses; photographs; film; and audio collections.

The Newark Archives Project's searchable online database, created by the Technical Services Division of Rutgers University Libraries, will interest a wide range of users—archivists, librarians, museum curators, students and teachers, local historians, government employees, the media—in fact, everyone who has an interest in Newark’s proud municipal history.

The Project has already surveyed and described hundreds of Newark-related archival collections, from well-known records to material that has never been catalogued before, and its database is constantly growing. Now you can locate primary source materials from many repositories and many periods—from the minutes of 17th-century town meetings, to little-known Civil War and World War I letters, oral histories, theater scrapbooks, ethnic and women’s history collections, and photographs depicting every aspect of Newark life from the 1860s to the 2000s—in one place.

To search the collection descriptions the Project has created to date, click here