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Elizabeth L. Coombs collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MG Coombs-(Main)

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photocopied manuscripts of Elizabeth L. Coombs's writings. Manuscripts are titled as "Dr. Matthias Pierson (1971)," "Henry William Herbert," "Analysis of the Escutcheon of a Leading Family of Bloomfield, N.J. : The David Oakes Family (1970)," "Translation of Certain Idioms of Importance in the History of the New Jersey Indians (1972)," "A Collection of Tales of the Morris Canal and of the Folks who Lived along it (1971)," "A Lenni Lenape, The Last Yantecaw (1974)," "Crane Anecdotes 1800-1850, Section 1 (1968)," "New Jersey Anecdotes, Traditions and Legends of Stone House Plains (Brookdale Section of Bloomfield), Section 2," "New Jersey Anecdotes, Traditions and Legend, Section 3 (1968)," "New Jersey Anecdotes, Tradition and Legends, Section 4," "Some Early Schoolmasters of Bloomfield and Brookdale and the vicissitudes Thereof," "Newark-1800 to 1890 : Tales of the Ridge, The Ridge Meadow and Environs Thereof (1971)," "Banastre Tarleton : British Officer in the Revolution in New Jersey (1971)," "Henry Wellington Wack's Duke of Trail House (1971)," and "A Collection of African Legends not Related to the Berin Masks."


  • 1902 - 1970


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.

Biographical / Historical

Elizabeth Lockwood Coombs was a local historian, genealogist, and teacher of traditional crafts. She was born in Hoboken, NJ in 1907. Her parents were Kenneth Frazer Lockwood, prominent New Jersey conservationist and writer on fishing and hunting for the Newark News, and Elizabeth Logan Lockwood. The family moved several times, and Elizabeth Lockwood attended grade school in Newark and high school in East Orange. She then studied medical subjects and chemistry at a number of universities, and worked as a medical technologist at Essex County Hospital for Contagious diseases for some years before her marriage to Llwellyn Forrester Coombs. She published extensively on New Jersey history, traditions and legends, lectured widely, and served as first Director of the Museum of the Historical Society of Bloomfield, NJ.


.42 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box)

Language of Materials