The Morristown and Morris Township Library
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Morristown, NJ 07960




Historical Newspapers at the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center


  Catalog Number: HM 512 News
  Title: Historical Newspapers at the North Jersey History and Genealogy Center


Important Information for Users

We provide access to most of our newspapers in electronic or microfilm formats (which include nearly complete runs of most titles) in our reading room in order to save wear and tear on these fragile historical materials.

Original copies of our newspapers can be examined by appointment in the NJH&GC reading room. This material is open for research without restriction. Newspapers may be copied for use in individual scholarly or personal research. However, as with all materials in the History Center, researchers are responsible for obtaining copyright permission to use material from the collection. Newspapers may not be photocopied as they are oversized and fragile. Digital cameras can be used to capture images of materials. We reserve the right to refuse access to certain fragile materials.(Many newspapers have become very brittle over time and cannot be handled.)


Using Historical Newspapers for Research

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About Our Historical Newspaper Collection

About Our Newspapers

Table 1: Newspaper Titles in alphabetical order

Table 2: Indexes for Morris County newspapers

Table 3: Subscription Databases


About our Historical Newspaper Collection

The North Jersey History and Genealogy Center has a significant collection of historical newspaper titles in various formats dating from 1779 to the present. Some of our earliest papers are from the original Morristown Library and Lyceum that burned down in 1914. The collection consists mostly of northern New Jersey newspapers from the 19th and early 20th century. We have the full run of the Daily Record (which began as The Morristown Record) from 1900 to the present on microfilm. The Jerseyman and the True Democratic Banner, two important Morris County newspapers published in Morristown from the mid 19th to early 20th centuries, are available in nearly complete runs. We offer Newark Evening News from 1893 to 1945 on microfilm, and many other titles from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We also offer access to the Historical New York Times and Harper's Weekly, and access to hundreds of newspaper titles through America's Genealogy Bank. Proquest's Civil War Era offers access to to several northern and southern newspapers from the Civil War era.

Most of our historical Morris County newspapers are indexed. These indexes were created over time by volunteers and history center staff members before the papers were digitized. They consist of general, death and marriage entries, which indicate the exact date of publication and page number. Our hand-compiled indexes are invaluable research tools and can be of great help in locating information.

Our library also provides obituary and some news indexes for the Daily Record.

Newspaper titles in electronic formats are keyword searchable.


About Our Newspapers

For descriptions of individual newspapers, click here.

  Morris County Newspapers

One of our earlier newspapers, The Genius of Liberty, published in Morristown, dates from 1798. The True Democratic Banner and The Jerseyman, two newspapers also published in Morristown, provide in depth coverage and editorials on the Civil War, while 1917-19 issues of The Jerseyman chronicle Morris County's involvement in the actions of WWI. The New Jersey Freeman, published in Boonton from 1844 to 1850, was the state's first abolitionist newspaper. The Daily Record, which began publication in 1900, provides a century of Morris County news reports and obituaries.

Several Morris County newspapers are indexed from 1849-1923. The Daily Record is indexed from 1930 to the present and is continually updated. We also offer general news indexes for The Daily Record from 1993 to 2004. These indexes are organized by subject. (See index list below.)

  Newspapers outside Morris County

Among our holdings are The Newark Evening News from 1893 to 1945 on microfilm, which offers a wealth of news reports and obituaries for northern New Jersey. We have many issues of Newark's Sentinel of Freedom from 1800 to 1865. Elizabethtown's New Jersey Journal from the late 18th century provided news of events in northern New Jersey in the early American republic. The National Enquirer/Pennsylvania Freeman from 1836 - 1854 was an abolitionist paper published in Philadelphia. Hundreds of local historical newspapers throughout the northeast can be accessed online through the library's subscription to America's Genealogy Bank.

  National Newspapers

The NJH&GC also holds physical volumes of Harper's Weekly from 1857 to 1899, which was published in New York. The entire series from 1857 to 1912 can be viewed online in our reading room via our online subscription to Harpweek. We also provide access to the historic New York Times via ProQuest.


Table 1 : List of Newspaper Titles in Alphabetical order

Index title Date range Coverage Format Location
The Citizen of Morris County 1953 - 1961 Parsippany and vicinity Microfilm Vertical file
The Daily Times 1915 - 1916 Morris County and Vicinity Print Archives room
The Daily Record/The Morristown Daily Record 1900-present Morris County and Vicinity Microfilm Microfilm drawers
The General Advertiser 1791 Philadelphia Print Archives room
The Genius of Liberty 1798- Morristown and vicinity Print Archives room
The Genius of Liberty/Morristown Herald 1798-1811 w/gaps Morristown and vicinity Electronic Online in reading room
Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly 1861 National Print Vault
Harper's Weekly 1859-1899 w/gaps National Print Vault
Harper's Weekly 1859-1912 National Electronic Online in reading room
Iron Era

1881-1907 w/gaps

Dover and vicinity Print Archives room
Iron Era 1872-1905 w/gaps Dover and vicinity Electronic Online in reading room
Iron Era 1872-1905 Dover and vicinity Microfilm Office cabinet
The Jerseyman

1849-1929 w/gaps

 

Morristown and vicinity, w. state and international news

Print

(Some issues bound with True Dem. Banner)

Archives room
The Jerseyman

1849-1930

(1860 not available)

Morristown and vicinity, w. state and international news Electronic Online in reading room
The Jerseyman

1832-1925

(1860 not available)

Morristown and vicinity, w. state and international news Microfilm Office cabinet
The Journal of Morristown and Morris Township 1992-1995 Morris County Print Archives Room
Lakeland Today 1997-1998 Wayne, Lakeland and Passaic Valley region Print Archives Room
The Madison Eye Opener/Madison Journal 1877-1882 w/gaps Madison Electronic Online in reading room
The Madison Eye Opener/Madison Journal 1877-1882 w/gaps Madison Microfilm Office cabinet
The Morris County Chronicle 1877-1914 Morris County Electronic Online in reading room
The Morris County Chronicle 1877-1914 Morris County Microfilm Office cabinet
The Morris Newsbee 1946-2002 Morristown, Morris Township, Morris Plains Microfilm Vertical file
The Morris Journal 1900 Dover and vicinity Electronic Online in reading room
The Morris Plains Chronicle 1929-1941 w/gaps Morris Plains Electronic Online in reading room
The Morris Plains Chronicle 1929-1941 w/gaps Morris Plains Microfilm Office cabinet
The Morris Republican 1872 Morris County Print Archives room
Morristown Topics

1920-1930 w/gaps

Morristown and vicinity Print Archives Room
Morristown Topics 1920–1930 w/gaps Morristown and vicinity Electronic Online in reading room
Mount Tabor Record 1877-1887 Parsippany, Denville Print Archives Room
Mount Tabor Record August 1877  Parsippany, Denville Electronic Online in reading room
National Enquirer/Pennsylvania Freeman 1836-1854 Philadelphia and vicinity Microfilm Microfilm drawers
The Newark Evening news 1893-1945 Essex County and vicinity Microfilm Microfilm drawers
Newark Sentinel 1824 Newark Print Archives room
New Jersey Freeman 1844-1850 Morris County and vicinity Electronic Online in reading room
New Jersey Freeman 1844-1850 Morris County and vicinity Microfilm Office cabinet
New Jersey Journal 1779-1783 w/gaps Northern New Jersey Electronic Online in reading room
New Jersey Journal 1779-1841 w/gaps Northern New Jersey Print Archives Room
New York Times 1850-2009 New York and National Electronic Online in Reading Room (Remote access with MMT card)
Palladium of Liberty 1810-1827 w/gaps Morristown and vicinity Print Archives room
Palladium of Liberty 1810 - 1834 w/gaps Morristown and vicinity Electronic Online in reading room
Palladium of Liberty 1810 - 1831 w/gaps Morristown and vicinity Microfilm Office cabinet
Patron of Industry 1827 Morristown Electronic Online in reading room
Pequannock/Butler/Bloomingdale Valley Argus 1890-1951 Pequannock, Butler, Bloomingdale and vicinity Electronic Online in reading room
Pequannock/Butler/Bloomingdale Valley Argus 1890-1943 Pequannock, Butler, Bloomingdale and vicinity Microfilm Office cabinet
Republican Banner 1917-1920 Morristown and vicinity Print Archives room
The Sentinel of Freedom 1800-1865 w/gaps Newark Print Archives Room
Stanhope Eagle 1885-1950 Mostly Stanhope, Netcong and vicinity Electronic Online in reading room
Stanhope Eagle 1885-1950 Mostly Stanhope, Netcong and vicinity Microfilm Office cabinets
Suburban Life 1991-1998 Morris and Essex Counties Print Archives Room
Suburban Trends 1958-present
Bloomingdale and vicinity Electronic Online in Reading room
True American 1801-1815 w/gaps Trenton

Print

Archives Room
True Democratic Banner

1849-1916 w/gaps

(1860 not available)

Morristown and vicinity

Print

(Some issues bound with Jerseyman, Iron Era, Morris Republican)

Archives Room row
True Democratic Banner


1849 - 1917 w/gaps

(1860 not available)

Morristown and vicinity Electronic Online in Reading room
True Democratic Banner

1855 - 1917 w/gaps

(1860 not available)

Morristown and vicinity Microfilm Office cabinets
Wayne Today 1981-1988 Wayne Print Archives Room row
[Regional] Weekly News 1977-1980 Hanover, East Hanover, Florham Park Print Archives Room row

 

Table 2 : Indexes for Morris County newspapers

Our indexes are located in the ready reference section of our reading room and are listed below in chronological order.

Index title

Death Notices 1798-1849

(Copied from newspapers published in Morristown prior to 1850)

Marriage Notices 1798-1849 (On microfilm: MF GE 0010)
The Genius of Liberty 1798-1801, 1806-1811
The Palladium of Liberty 1798-1801, 1810, 1817-1822, 1824, 1826, 1827
Morristown Herald 1811-1812
The Patron of Industry 1827

Marriage notices 1849-1899

The Jerseyman
The True Democratic Banner
The Morris Republican

Death Notices 1849-1899

The Jerseyman
The True Democratic Banner
The Morris County Chronicle

The Jerseyman Nov. 1849-Dec. 1923 (Gen. news, marriage and death entries)
Marriage Notices in the Jerseyman 1900-1909
Morristown Obituaries 1818-1941 (4 volumes of obituary transcriptions from the Jerseyman and the Record)
Morristown Topics 1928-1939
Death Notices in the Daily Record 1930-1939
Daily Record Obituaries 1935, 1936 (in part), 1937-2011
News indexes to the Daily Record 1993-2004

Table 3: Subscription Databases

Historical New York Times (Proquest), hundreds of regional newspapers through America's Genealogy Bank, and Harpweek. Proquest and America's Genealogy Bank are available by remote access with a Morristown or Morris Township library card.

Newspaper Title Date range Database
The New York Times 1851-2009

Proquest

Access in reading room or online with MMT library card

Harper's Weekly 1857-1912

Harpweek

Access in reading room

The Boston Herald (1846-1865)
The Charleston Mercury (1840-1865)
The Columbus Gazette (1856-1865)
The Daily Dispatch (1852-1865)
The Daily Ohio State Journal (1841-1841)
Daily Ohio State Journal (1849-1853)
The Daily Picayune (1840-1865)
The Louisville Daily Journal (1840-1865)
Memphis Daily Appeal (1847-1865)
Morning Herald (1840-1840)
The New York Herald (1840-1865)
Ohio State Journal (1840-1841)
1840-1865

Proquest Civil War Era

Access in reading room or online with MMT library card

Historical newspapers from America's Genealogy Bank 1690-1977

America's Genealogy Bank

Access in reading room or online with MMT library card