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Henry W. Wack scrapbooks

Identifier: MG Wack-(Offsite)

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 9 scrapbooks of clippings and ephemera related to the 250th Anniversary. celebrations. Subjects include planning, the poster competition, exhibits of the posters in cities across the country, church services, speeches by local and national figures, participation by local organizations, placement of historical tablets, pageants, parades, theatrical and musical performances, sports competitions, etc.

Box 1 contains:

Volumes labeled 1-3: Clippings from Out-of-Town Newspapers (Jul 1915- Sep 1916); and one unnumbered volume (possibly the original Volume 1 of the group in Box 2?) containing official programs, lists, invitations, and other ephemera (1916)

Box 2 contains:

Volumes labeled 2-6: Clippings from Local Newspapers (Jul 1915-Sep 1916)


  • 1915 - 1916


Conditions Governing Use

This collection is available on microfilm. The original volumes are extremely fragile; researchers should use microfilm.

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

Henry Wellington Wack was born in 1869 in Baltimore. He was admitted to the bar in New York in 1897, and became a partner in the firm of Dunne, Rutherford, and Wack. He married Lillian Tremere de Blois in 1899, and they had a son and a daughter. From 1910-1917 he was an associate editor of the "Medico-Legal Journal." He was also a prolific writer, especially on outdoor pursuits and wildlife; he was founder and first editor of "Field and Stream" magazine, and, from 1923-1927, camp, travel, and education editor of "Red Book." He served as counsel to Frederick Cook during the Cook-Peary North Pole controversy. From 1913 to 1920 he lived in Newark, where he was chairman of the Little Theatre Guild and became close friends with journalist and conservationist Kenneth F. Lockwood.

Wack was appointed Executive Director of the Committee of One Hundred, organized to plan and administer Newark's 250th Anniversary in 1916, and edited the official guide to the celebration. Although he left the city, he remembered it fondly and donated a number of important paintings to the Newark Museum.

Henry Wack died at his home in Santa Barbara, CA in 1954.


9 Volumes

Language of Materials


No finding aid, text from catalog and (Newark Archives Project).
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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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Newark NJ 07102 United States