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New Jersey Biography collection

Identifier: MG NJ Biography-(Main)

Scope and Contents

Box #1: Chester Barnard (biographical sketches, obituary clippings); Archie Frederick Collins (copies of articles from the Newark Evening News, Clipping File; various periodicals; research paper (copy)); Crane Family (Crane anecdotes 1800-1850 by Elizabeth Coombs, photocopy of text, 1968); Garis (Family) (unrevised proofs from book My Father Was Uncle Wiggily, McGraw-Hill, 1966); Mary Philbrook (Articles from news clippings, Newark News); William E. Pine ("In Memory of William E. Pine," February 26, 1892; various documents);Karen Quinlan (Copies of articles from the vertical files; N.J. Superior Court, decision); Jess E. Ryerson Salmon (Biographical sketch, Associated Press Service); Arthur T. Vanderbilt (Advertising Club of N.J., 1950; memorial proceedings, N.J. Supreme Court, 1957; "The Late Chief Justice," State Govt. N.J., 1958); Rachel Van Vervalen (Rockland Co., N.Y. - correspondence with Henrietta Ogden and others in New Jersey, concerning religion and domestic and personal news); Harrison Williams (Post hearing memorandum of defendant in U.S. v. Harrison A. Williams, 1981); Wood (Family) (Daniel Smith Wood, "The Descendants of Capt. Daniel Smith Wood, 1741/42-1832 of New Providence, N.J.," ms photocopy); Ward Papers (Misc. papers including receipts tax, water rents, etc., leases, pamphlets: Evergreen Cemetery (Union Co.), N.J. School Laws (1871), U.S. Centennial New Jersey (1876)

Newark-related individuals and materials in Box #1:

William E. Pine (b. New York, 1827; d. Newark, 1892) Mexican War Service Certificate (issued in Newark); address card from Newark; pension documents (c. 1848-1893); and a published biographical sketch (1892). Pine served in the Mexican War and was discharged for disability; he was 1st Ward Alderman (1875-1876), President of the North End Club of Newark, and a candidate for mayor in 1877.

William Rankin Ward (1870-1954): Two folders of letters, miscellaneous papers, and bills. Includes Newark Mutual Fire Insurance Co. premium for Obediah Meeker estate (1876); receipts of James R. Sayre Cement, Newark, for purchases by Meeker (1870s); Volunteers of America letter to W. R. Ward (1926); "A Visit to Bethlehem," by WRW (Newark, 1942); Newark Evening News clipping re: opening of First Schoolhouse at the Newark Museum, with remarks by WRW (1939); "Weequahic Park Tract," a real-estate pamphlet (undated); "Washington's Masterly Retreat through the Jerseys," an address delivered at the New Jersey Historical Society (Newark, 1926); Henry Meeker mortgage release (1870); a post office slip, Newark (1863); a Newark Daily Advertiser payment slip and other Newark bills (1857-1859; 1863; 1881-1883); a doctor's bill to Fred B. Mandeville and William J. Andrews (1872); Tenant's Agreement, Newark (1870); and "The Descendants of Capt. Daniel Smith Wood" (mimeographed, 1954), with mention of some individuals from Newark

Mary Philbrook, the first woman lawyer in New Jersey, maintained an office in Newark: clippings and a few documents

Archie Collins, inventor; owned Collins Telephone Company, Newark: summation of research (1973; letter from District of Columbia Library (1973); copies of biographical entries from books; copies of clippings (1869-ca.1910); and copies of articles written by AC

Chester I. Barnard, of the New Jersey Bell Telephone Co., Newark, and a trustee of other Newark companies: biographical information and clippings; Chamber of Commerce of the City of Newark, Officers List 1930-1931;

Crane Family: "Crane Anecdotes, 1800-1850"; copy of Elizabeth Lockwood Coombs chapter on "Brownstone Quarries of the Ridge, Newark, and Israel Crane" (1968)

"Uzal H. McCarter, McCarter Highway: A tribute to," address delivered by J. H. Bacheller, President of Fidelity Union Trust, at the dedication of the highway (Newark, 1934)

Box #2:

A-C: Joseph P. Bradley (campaign speech, 1862); Letter by Hetty Robinson containing ggenealogicalinformation on several families such as Ball, Mulford, Alling, Shipman, Pierson, Peshine, Stout, Reynolds Garret (?) (1852); Everett Colby (speech, pamphlet, 1925); Jemina Condict (reprint of diary, 1930); Elias Boudinot (Letter to Samuel Bayard about resignation to the will of God through Jesus, 1817); Joseph Bradley (1813-1892, Supreme Court (U.S.) Justice, "Mr. Justice Bradley: A Reassessment," typed ms by J. Laurie, Rutgers Univ.); John Croes (Bp. of New Jersey letter to his son, Feb. 15, 1805); Aaron Burr (papers relating to death of Alex Hamilton); Horace K. Corbin (biographical sketch); William Barton ("Lieutenant William Barton of Morris County, New Jersey and his descendants," 1900); Anson Wood Burchard, 1855-1927 (pamphlet); Archer Cole: "From Cowlicks to Chemo A Semi-Deocumentary" (donated by Becky Doggett); D-F: Philemon Dickerson, 1788-1862 (copy of letter from the Charles Lanman Manuscripts Relating to New Jersey); Dr. Thomas Dunn (English, author, typed ms); Lucus Cincinnatus Elmer, 1793-1883 (copy of letter from the Charles Lanman Manuscripts Relating to New Jersey); Arthur Franz, 1920-2006 (article about the actor's career, July 2022); James Florio ("Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Governor Florio", Program October 2022). G-K: Garret Hobart (inaugural (Mckinley-Hobart) ball, program, 1901); Lillian Moller Gilbreth (essay, "Celebrities I Have Known" by Daisy Rodgers); Sylvester Graham, 1794-1851 (reprint from Annals of Medical History ser. 3, v. 4, no. 3. p236-40); James Edward Howell (d. 1916, an address by T.L. Raymond); Richard Hartshorne (DA N.J. scrapbook donated by James G. Mayfield); Alfred T. Herbert (1925 will, envelope says Belle Herbert, his wife) L-Q: Spencer Miller ("Testimonial dinner to... on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the inauguration of the mosquito extermination movement in New Jersey," brochure, 1926); Frank Herbert Morrell, 1846-1924 (Irvington educator, typed paper on the burial of Mr. Morrell); Charles A. Lindburgh commemorative poster, 1927; John Osmun (War of Independence pension claim, photocopy); Donald Payne (various items); Mort Pye (editor of The Star-Ledger, 2nd Annual N.J. Theater Applesauce Awards, April 1990); Phillips Family, Cranford, N.J. (research by S.W. Price); R-T: Constantine Samuel Rafinesque ("The Credibility of Constantine Samuel Rafinesque first translator of the recorded history (Walum Olam) of the Algonquin Indians of New Jersey," printed text and pictures from Life Magazine, typed ms by E. L. Coombs, photocopy); U-Z: Peter Dumont Vroom, Jr., 1791-1873 (copy of letter from the Charles Lanman Manuscripts Relating to New Jersey); Henry W. Wack (letters); William Wright, 1790-1866 (copy of letter from the Charles Lanman Manuscripts Relating to New Jersey).

Newark-related individuals and material in Box #2:

William Wright, Mayor of Newark 1841-1843: typed biography; copies of a handwritten biographical sketch by Edward Wright and handwritten corrections for a dictionary entry (1865)

Scrapbook on Richard H. Hartshorne, Newark lawyer, Secretary of the Veterans' State Legislative Committee, appointed U.S. attorney (ca. 1925), Commander American Legion of New Jersey, and President of the New Jersey Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. He served as a County Court judge and then on the federal bench. The scrapbook covers the period 1923-1928 and includes clippings, many from the Newark Sunday Call, about his appointments and civic service, specific cases, and legislative issues. Also included are telegrams, correspondence, photographs, an American Legion bulletin and programs (1928); a letter from Governor A. Harry Moore appointing RHH to a commission for public schools; a letter from tenants thanking RHH for legal services; Memorial Day, Constitution Day, and Newark Flag Day programs (1920s); "The Compatriot," published by the Sons of the American Revolution in Newark (Vol 1, no.'s 1 and 3, 1928); and a certificate of election to the Republican County Committee (1926)

Elizabeth Lockwood Coombs, member of the Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club: biography

Dr. Thomas Dunn, of Newark: biographical information

Alfred T. Herbert was living on S. 11th St. in Newark from at least 1940 to his death in 1954. but spent most of his life in Hackensack. His wife Belle died in 1962 in Plainfield.

"Vice Chancellor James Edward Howell: An Address by Thomas L. Raymond" (published in Newark for William A. Smith, 1917)

"Sylvester Graham, 1794-1851," a pamphlet by Mildred Naylor of Newark (signed, 1942)

Donald Payne, Congressman: copy of an article and a statement (1989)

In a folder labeled "Misc A-C": "Jemima Condict Her Book: a transcript of the diary of an Essex County Maid during the Revolutionary War," by the Carteret Book Club (Newark, 1930); League of Nations talk program (1925); biographical information on Horace Corbin, president of the Fidelity Union Trust Company; Rutgers Newark School of Law, 75th anniversary dinner program, with an essay, "Mr. Justice Bradley: A Reassessment," by Jonathan Luris (1984); photocopy of a letter from Hettie Robinson of Newark with geneaological information on the Ball, Burnet, Alling, Pennington, Pearson, Peshine, and other Newark families (August 3, 1852)


  • 1817 - 2022

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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.


.83 Linear Feet (2 Hollinger boxes)

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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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