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Newark Schools Collection (N.J.)

Identifier: MG Nwk Schools-(Main)

Scope and Contents

This artificial collection consists of a variety of materials relating to public, private, and religious schools in Newark.

Box #1: Newark Public Schools Ledger (1904-13), Newark High Schools Scrapbook (1903-07, newspaper articles, typed reports, etc.). A ledger with inventories of sewing supplies by school, including the colored school (1904-1913); and a scrapbook of material relating to Newark's Board of Trade and schools, with reports on students in commercial courses and manual training programs; and clippings on school construction, manual training courses, etc. in Newark, and other cities (1903-1907).

Box #2: Chemistry & Physics Highschool (Board of Education, Newark, 1901); Language Third Year - First Half, Primary Schools (Board of Education, Newark, ca. 1901). Two volumes of student-generated material from the Newark Education Exhibit at the Pan-American Exposition of 1901. Each batch of student work is preceded by a teacher's statement with details on the class, the number of students whose work was exhibited, and additional notes such as the information that many students in one class were foreign born. The "Language, Third Year-First Half, Primary Schools" volume contains student essays and poems illustrated with line drawings, silhouettes, and water colors. Subjects include Abraham Lincoln, the founding of Newark, Valentine's Day, nature, and the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The "Chemistry-Physics, High School" volume contains detailed lab reports accompanied by drawings, charts, and graphs, on experiments. The 4th year chemistry class at Newark High School, taught by William Weiner, had 128 students; the 3rd year physics class had 80 students. NOTE: This volume is fragile; consult staff for access.

Box #3-6 include school material alphabetized by school.

Box #3:

Academy of Arts: Guidebook listing faculty, giving a brief history of the school, and detailing the curriculum [n.d.--1940s?]

Barringer High School: 3 volumes the Newark High School Annual, with student essays and poetry, athletic news, lists of students, and lists of alumni in college with the name of the college attended (1879, 1896, 1898); a program from the 10th anniversary of the NHS class of 1898 with biographical sketches of each graduate (1908); a Newark High School "certificate of merit" from 1879; and a Barringer handbook issued by the Girls' League (ca. 1929), issues of The Acropolis from 1901-1945. Barringer 4B production program. Invitations and programs of banquets, dances, concerts, and reunions (1892-1904); commencement programs/invites (1886, 1890-1903); and a souvenir program of a 150th anniversary dinner (1988); 1886 pamphlet/booklet; history of buildings by Sal Digerlando (2022)

Box #4:

Belmont Runyon: folder from stakeholder retreat (2016)

Bergen St. School: 1942 yearbook; (all digitized on Bergen Street School Report Cards for Marilyn Ravdin Grades 1-6 and envelope (1951-1956); reunion picture class of 1942 in 1980, reunion booklet class of 1942 (South Side 1946) in 1996, 1938 photo

Boarding and Day School for Young Ladies: "Course of Study and Expenses" (1870s).

Brower Industrial School: minutes of monthly meetings of the trustees, all of whom were women, with financial reports, information on programs, and clippings of newspaper articles regarding the school (1899-1917) .

Central Ave: commencement flier (1890)

Central High: "Know Central" (1934), a photocopy of "Our Best," from a creative writing class at Central High School (1945); Senior Day programs and clipping from 1944 (one clipping fom 1938); a self-study report of Central High School (1970); several commencement programs (1927, 1928, 1940, 1944, 1947, 1953), reunion program (1985 45th reunion)

Christ the King: Christ the King promotional material (2007-2008)

Cleveland School: a letter from Lady Bird Johnson to Dr. Mildred Groder of the Newark Board of Education after Mrs. Johnson visited a Head Start at Cleveland Elementary School; invite for dedication of school (1913)

Craven's School: a bulletin for Miss Craven's School (1906-1907)

Essex County Hospital School: commencement flier (1913)

Garfield: Guestbook of 1996 Garfield School 50th reunion. Barron Castle, 1943 autograph book, scrapbook pages (mostly class of 1946, copies 1937-1996).

Green Street [German American] School: alumni material including a concert program, constitution, meeting announcement, etc. (1891-1904); a bulletin (1895), and a 50th anniversary souvenir program for the Newarker Schul-Vereins (1906), both in German; a a 50th anniversary souvenir program for the Newarker Schul-Verein, in German (1906).

Hawthorne Ave: Class of June 1939 Photo

Jewish Schools: undated flier for the Sholem Aleichem Jewish Children's Schools of Newark at Tunis Mansion.

King Memorial Day Nursery: copies of letters, reports, etc 1970 (donated by Tim Crist 2022 found in Union Congregational Church)

Lafayette Street School: opening program for Lafayette Street School playground (sponsored by Trust for Public Land, 2017)

Box #5:

Lawrence Street: 1888 commencement flier (2 copies)

Lincoln Park School of Music: a photocopy of an announcement of the Lincoln Park School of Music (1936 )

Louise A Spencer: 2011 diploma Karriem

McKinley School: Four issues of "The Tattler," a school publication--Sept.-Nov. 1921, Spring 1923, February 1925, and May 1929--along with a letter from Rep. Peter Rodino, D-NJ (Donated in August 2018 by Denise Di Mare).

Miller Street: "The Orthophrast," a student magazine of the Miller Street School (1930s).

Morton: Valedictory, Otto Henry Schulte 1886-1925 New Jersey State Teachers College: Newark Bulletin (1948)

Newark Academy: Newark Academy material consists of a pamphlet for the "Young Ladies' Department under the Care of the Rev. Timothy Alden" (1809); A Brief History of the Newark Academy by Wilson Farrand, (1916); a program "In Tribute to the Men of Newark Academy Who Gave Their Lives in World War II" (ca. 1947); a commencement program (1964); History of Newark Academy (c.1980); School Remembers Past by Jamie Schactel on Neawrk Academy historian Mr. Byrnes (1984); a floor plan of the 1930 building on First Street; Trustees announcement opening male department under Roderick Allen, (undated); manuscript and notes on Newark Academy history (undated).

Newark Institute of Arts and Science: annoucements (1928-1929)

Newark Preschool Council: Volunteer sheet c. 1970 (donated by Tim Crist 2022 found in Union Congregational Church)

Newark School of the Arts: Letter (2001) and undated pamphlet.

Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts: a bulletin with photographs of the interior and exterior of the building and of students in classrooms (1933); and a student publication, "Fawcett Fraternity News" (1928); Annual report 1956-57

North Star: Uncommon Schools / North Star various brochuere (c. 2011-2016)

Peshine Ave: Yearbook (June 1935), donated by Rose Dodds

Prospect Hill Country Day School (2 folders): a scrapbook of Prospect Hill School material contains autographs and addresses of students, names of teachers, clippings, programs, invitations, etc. (1925-1926). Prospect Hill Country Day School material includes; 2 volumes of "The Aster," a yearbook (1925, 1926) an index of graduates from 1888-1972; brochures, etc.

Box #6:

Prospect Hill Country Day School: a folder of photographs of faculty, staff, students, the exterior of the building, classrooms, class productions, etc. (ca. 1920s-1960s)

Robert Treat School: 2 copies of "Robert Treat: Leader and Pioneer "by Martin L. Cox, Principal (1922).

Sacred Heart: graduation exercises 1937

St. Benedict's School: a bumper sticker, clippings, photocopied historical items, and other material relating to the school's 100th anniversary (1968).

St. James Preparatory School: Dedication program (1999), awards dinner program (2002), and brochure.

St. John's Free School: photostat copy of a report of the School Committee of the Common Council on a request for appropriations (1848).

St. Vincent Academy: St. Vincent Academy promotional material (ca. 1984)

Seymour Vocational: "The Worker," a student publication of Seymour Vocational School (1923)

South Side High School (Shabazz): Class of 1946, 1980 reunion photo; 2015 diploma Karriem

State Street: 2020 plan to renovate for Boy's Chorus School (one page floorplan)

Sussex Ave.: commencement programs for Sussex Avenue School (1941-1943)

Townsend: reminiscences of Miss Townsend's School

University High: commencement program (2021 x2 donated by Lamar Williams); Newark University booklet (ca. 1980), dedication ceremony (1977)

Weequahic: Commencement Program (1954), Ergo literary magazine two issues 1959; The Calumet Volume 33, No. 6 (May 1965); The Calumet Volume 33, No. 8 (June 1965); Final Senior Bulletin, Graduation exercises, (1965); Once in a Lifetime, Fifteenth reunion, Class of 1965, Prom Entertainment (1980).

West Side High School: Copy of 10th Commencement Program (1932)

Wood’s College: 876 Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey: first in America: business, shorthand, typewriting, and English departments (book, author: Wood's College, publisher: Newark, N.J.: Baker Print Co., [1902]).

Misc/Multiple School (2 folders by date): includes articles on school history, a draft report regarding "German Language in [Newark] Public Schools" (c. 1880s); "Inter-Scholastic School News," Vol. 2, no. 1, published "in the interests of the Grammar Schools of the City of Newark" (with honor rolls, faculty news, advertisements, etc., 1909); Newark School Nurse Annual Report 1945-1946 (donated by W. Dale Clark Main Library, Omaha NE); "Title I News"; copies of clippings from the Star-Ledger, the New Jersey Afro-American, etc. compiled by the Central Parents Council (1970s); "Curriculum Notes" (1971-1972); and assorted fliers, etc (1970s-2001). Also includes a biographical sketch of Newark teacher Carmeno Cicurillo (2003); Info on Cooperative Admissions Exam 2007 for Catholic Archdiocese of Newark; Letter re: NPS parade (2006); WNPS July-Aug 2007 program.

Box 7 (oversized box): Four Webster Street school registers (1914-1957), Acropolis News (Barringer High School newsletter) 1944-1947, East Side high blueprint (1909), Newark Teacher's College poster (1953), Summer Ave class photo with signatures. (1947), Prospect Country Hill Day School laminated article (1962). The artifacts consist of three cross-country championship medals, won by Robert Hanlon of Central High School (1934-1935); two Central High School class rings (1929, 1936); a souvenir saucer from a 25th reunion of Central High School (1961); and one Sunday School medal presented to Emma G. Laiser by the Church of the Redeemer (1895-1897), Barringer High school reunion buttons (Ted Wagner And Mildred Wagner /Coburn / Keller, 20th reunion 1956) and a Lafayette Street School save the playground button (2017); Barringer High School basketball charms (championship charms?) 1924-1926. 10 mounted photos: 2 of dresses from sewing class (1920s?), 8 of home economics topics (large 1941?)

Separated on shelf: Volume entitled "Record of Applications for Admission to Training School" with names and addresses of applicants (all women), date of application; "date of admission as pupil or reason for refusal," and date of termination. Many applicants were from Newark, New Jersey at large, and New York City, but addresses of applicants range from Virginia to Canada (1885-1903).


  • 1809 - 2021

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff. Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.


2.59 Linear Feet (6 Hollinger boxes, 1 oversized box, 1 volume )

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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
5 Washington St.
Newark NJ 07102 United States