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William W May Papers

Identifier: MG Nwk May

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photos of Newark Public Schools that Bill May took while working for the district. Schools include: Weequahic, Vailsburg, Peshine Avenue, Newton, Science High, West Side, and Arts.

Box #1: All schools alphabetically except Peshine Avenue and Peshine Avenue 1987-1988

Box #2: Peshine Avenue 1988-1991

Digital material includes photos of all schools, mostly in the 2000s, as well as historical research into the Newark Public Schools and Newark African Americans, oral history interviews, videos and audio from the schools and more.


  • 1900 - 2021
  • Majority of material found within 1988 - 2010


Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission from the Newark Public Library.

There are no access restrictions on this collection, however photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Biographical / Historical

William W. May, known as Bill May, has been photographing the world's most famous jazz musicians for decades. He also taught music to children in Newark for forty years and retired as the district's Director of Visual and Performing Arts. He nows works as a arts and education Consultant, musician and photographer with William W. May Inc.


1.83 Linear Feet (2 Hollinger boxes and 1 Paige box) : Fileroom & Offsite

Language of Materials


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Repository Details

Part of the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center, Newark Public Library Repository

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Newark Public Library
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Newark NJ 07102 United States