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Sydenham House Photographs

Identifier: MG Nwk Sydenham-(Main)

Scope and Contents

This collection of photo albums and photographs was likely originally from Elizabeth Henderson. Photos of the house span projects and construction and go from 1955-1979. Various photographers are credited. Lastly, a small group of photocopied clippings covers both the Sydenham and Plume Houses. This folder contains several pages of notes about work on the Sydenham House.


  • 1955 - 1979


Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

Biographical / Historical

The Sydenham House was built in 1711 by John Sydenham on Old Road to Bloomfield adjacent to Branch Brook Park in the North Ward of Newark. The last of the Sydenhams sold the house in 1925. It is the New York area’s oldest private home.

In 1954, the Hendersons purchased the run-down 18th-century Sydenham farmhouse and over the decades painstakingly restored it. The house is still standing.


1.25 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box, 1 oversized box, 3 photo albums)

Language of Materials



Photo albums and photographs of the Sydenham House, along with a small group of clippings and notes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Zemin Zhang (New Jersey Preservation and Landmark’s Committee) 2019

Related Materials

The DJ Henderson Papers (MG Henderson) contain much material on the Hendersons and their work with the house. Some is digital at

Information about the house can be found in the Historical American Buildings Survey and the National Historic Register.

Separated Materials

4 oversized photos by Elizabeth Henderson for NJ Tercentenary Competition of the Sydenham House cataloged for the Oversized Picture Collection

Processing Information

Photo albums were kept intact, but covers are not well-attached so the albums may need to be disassembled in the future.

Beth Zak-Cohen
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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