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Jerseyana scrapbooks

Identifier: MG Jerseyana-(Main)

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 8 scrapbooks of "Jerseyana" that contain clippings of Beck's and Augustine's articles (1957-1968), and an additional volume, entitled "New Jersey Newspaper Clippings" (1949-1952).

Volumes 1-8 contain very little, if any, material on Newark. Newark-related material in the ninth volume includes articles, by a variety of authors, on: the Passaic River between Newark and Passaic, band concerts in Branch Brook Park, trolley cars, baseball, breweries, schools, etc. It is not clear who compiled these volumes; they may have belonged to Dr. Samuel Berg.

NOTE: A selection of Beck's articles, June 1949 to January 1965, on microfilm is available at the Library and at the Special Collections Department of Alexander Library, Rutgers University-New Brunswick.


  • 1949 - 1968


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

Henry Charlton Beck (1902-1965), Episcopal priest, historian, and journalist, wrote a weekly column, "Jerseyana," for the Newark Star-Ledger. Beck was a founder of the New Jersey Folklore Society, a prolific and popular local historian, and the author of several detective novels. He started his career in journalism on the (Camden) Courier-Post. He worked for many years with his long-time friend, photographer William F. Augustine. Augustine not only photographed the sites described in Beck's books and columns, but collected old photographs for use by Beck. After Beck's death, Augustine continued the series until at least 1968.

Among Beck's published works are: "Jersey Genesis," "Forgotten Towns of Southern New Jersey," "The Jersey Midlands," "The Roads of Home," and "Tales and towns of Northern New Jersey."

Beck served for some years as vicar of Calvary Episcopal Church in Flemington, NJ.


9 Volumes

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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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