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Volume 11 Number 2, Summer 2000
In This Issue:

Library receives Lucent Technologies grant

The Director’s Journal

Patron Survey Results

Treasures of the Library

Gourmet Gala honors James Courter

Technology Update

Programs foster learning and reading

The New Jersey Information Center

Summer Hours

Summer Reading Challenge "connects" at Library

Animal prints exhibition now showing

New Electronic Resource

Friends grants top $10,000

Book Sale a success


The New Jersey Information Center

The New Jersey Information Center, located on the third floor of the Main Library, houses a research-level collection of materials relating to New Jersey (particularly to Newark and Essex County). Staffing the Center are Valerie Austin, Robert Blackwell, Syvella Copeland, Karen Gilbert, James Osbourn, Willis Taylor and Ralph Tohlin—all under the leadership of Assistant Director Charles F. Cummings.

The resources available provide both historical and current information. They include books, archives, newspapers, pictures, documents and 2500 maps.

Valerie Austin, Charles F. Cummings, Syvella Copeland.

 The Book Collection embodies a variety of popular and scholarly items. Especially strong areas include:

  • Basic Law
  • History
  • Bibliographies
  • 20th century Telephone Directories

 Archives, Manuscripts and Mementos are among the Division’s most unusual and interesting areas of New Jersey ephemera. They include traditional papers—such as those of the Newark Eagles, former-director John Cotton Dana, The Newark Public Library—and several hundred scrapbooks of agencies and individuals.

 The Newspaper Collection covers New Jersey from 1791 to the present. It is represented notably by The Newark Evening News morgue file, The New Jersey Periodical Notes, and the Center’s own “Information Files” of more than 4,000 folders filled with clippings.

 The Picture Collection consists of:

  • Approximately 35,000 black-and-white photographs or illustrations in books, indexed in the New Jersey Illustration Index, maintained from “WPA” days to the present
  • Approximately 800,000 black-and-white photographs, many acquired as part of the Newark Evening News morgue

The Document Collection is composed of New Jersey, Newark, and Essex County items, as well as census reports. Since 1968, when The Newark Public Library became a state document depository, the Center has received all available state publications. Heavily used by genealogists and family historians are the United States Census reports from 1830 to 1920 and the New Jersey State Census reports from 1855 until 1915.

James Osbourn, Willis Taylor, Ralph Tohlin, Robert Blackwell, Karen Gilbert (seated).

For more information about the services and collections of the New Jersey Information Center—or to ask a question about anything related to New Jersey—patrons may visit the Center or call (973) 733-7775.

    Address all correspondence to:
The Second Century
The Newark Public Library
5 Washington Street
P.O. Box 630
Newark, New Jersey 07101-0630
Telephone 973-733-7793

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