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Newark Cemeteries Collection (N.J.)

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MG Nwk Cemeteries-(Main)

Scope and Contents

This small collection consists of miscellaneous material relating to Newark cemeteries. Contents are as follows:

Folder 1, Notes on Potters Field: contains a 14-page manuscript entitled, "A Place to Bury Strangers in; Newark's City Cemetery from Its beginning up to 1936," by Everett W. Otto. Accompanying the manuscript are a photocopy of a sketch of the "Old Garabrant Mansion in Waverly"; a photocopy of an article regarding the Garabrant house (Aug 31, 1887); 3 maps noting the locations of the various City Burial Grounds; and an article "[Newark] Mortician Accused of Mass Burials" (Sarasota Herald Tribune, Dec. 7, 1977).

Otto's manuscript includes names of several superintendents of the cemetery: John Fairchild (1867-1873), Aaron M. Garabrant (1873-1892), Thomas H. Fairchild, 9 Foster Street (1892-1908 and 1925-1939), Joseph W. Robinson (1908-1924), and Victor A. Pintozzi, 53 Monroe Street (1939-?).

Folder 2, Old Burying Ground: contains a letter from Stephen B. Levitt to Robert Steinbaum, publisher of the New Jersey Law Journal, regarding human remains within the Newark Arena construction zone (May 29, 2002); photocopies of 2 letters from Madison Grant regarding the lack of maintenance of the Old First Presbyterian graveyard (1920); and photocopy of an article and photographs related to the Old First Presbyterian Church and the construction of a parking lot adjacent to the church (1955, 1959), and a list of the headstones (with name, date of death, and other information transcribed from the headstone) that were transferred from the "Old Burying Ground" to the Fairmount Cemetery crypt in 1889

Folder 3, Correspondence re: Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery: contains correspondence and reports related to an Archeo-Anthropological project conducted with NJPAC and Trinity Church, including a photocopy of transcribed register entries "Trinity Church Parish Records, 1806-1845, Deaths and Burials Records for Blacks" that list names, but rarely surname, date of funeral, and occasionally age and familial relationships of African Americans interred in the cemetery; recommendations related to the cemetery submitted by Clement A. Price who argues for an anthropological study of the human remains buried at Trinity Cemetery and an appropriate memorial (1994); correspondence between the State Historic Preservation Officer and the NJPAC regarding the Trinity Church Cemetery mitigation (1993); and status reports and a budget related to the archaeological work undertaken by Greenhouse Consultants (1993)

Folder 4, Burials in St. John's Cemetery and Notes: contains correspondence between Thomas Clarkson Brenker and others regarding Brenker's attempts to discover the names of those buried in St. John's [Catholic] Church Cemetery (1985-1986); and a partial list of burials (1840-1900) in St. John's Cemetery, Mulberry Street, including details related to 147 burials -- name of deceased, place of death, date of burial, age, parents' names and place of the deceased's birth, burial location, and cost.


  • 1936 - 2002

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.


.42 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box)

Language of Materials


No finding aid, text from Newark Archives Project
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

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

3rd Floor
Newark Public Library
5 Washington St.
Newark NJ 07102 United States