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Nelson P. Rabone Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MG Nwk Rabone-(Main & Offsite)
This collection consists of materials from Rabone's sports career. In Box #1 (main) is a publication "Official Handbook of the Newark Public School Athletic Association" (1915-1916). This booklet contains a photo of Rabone on the soccer team. The original photo is also included. Other photos include 2 photos of an unidentified basketball team -with the same C shaped logo (posing with a trophy), a soccer team photo with a logo that looks like T and B -- identified by Tom McCabe as the True Blues of Paterson, NJ who won the American Football Association Cup in 1912, and one baseball photo (uniforms do not match). In the oversized box (offsite) are two uniforms. One is a basketball uniform of a black tank and red shorts, with a red C shaped logo matching the photographs in box #1 of the soccer team. The second is a gray pinstriped baseball uniform wtih the purple word "Xavier". It is possible the this is somehow linked to St. Francis Xavier's Church in the North Ward.


  • c. 1915-1930

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.


1.88 Linear Feet (1 letter sized Half-Hollinger boxes, 1 flat oversized box)

Biographical / Historical

Nelson P. Rabone was the son of Walter, a machinist, and Louise Rabone (Walter and Louis had been born in New Jersey, but their parents were born in Ireland, England, and France). Nelson lived with parents and his older brother Walter Jr.. at 37 Clark St in Newark. He attended Franklin School in Newark. By age 16 (1920) he was not in school but working as a clerk in a cotton mill. By 1925 he worked for "W Electric and Manufacturing Co.". However, while he was working in the 1920s it seems Nelson joined several sports teams. Around 1930, Nelson got married and moved in with his wife's family in Nutley. He died August 27, 1994.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift John Calicchio, 2016
No finding aid, text from catalog

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