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James Lecky/Robert Hartman Collection

Identifier: MG NWK Lecky-(Main and Offsite)

Scope and Contents

The Lecky/Hartman collection contains minutes, membership lists and other administrative records; correspondence; reports; clippings, historic preservation nominations, graphic work, photographs; and miscellaneous publications. The collection is arranged in three series: Series 1: Organizational Files (1971-2012, undated), contains records of public and private organizations devoted to historic preservation. James Lecky was an active member, and in some cases an officer, of these groups, and all, except the Greensward Foundation of New York, are or were based in Newark. Series 2: Subject Files (1886-2021, undated) contain reference material, mostly relating to historic preservation or Newark history in general, including a few items of personal and family memorabilia. Series 3: Audio-Visual Materials and Oversize (1954-1974, undated) includes photographs, slides, graphics and a few oversize publications.


  • 1886 - 2020
  • Majority of material found within 1980 - 2000


Biographical / Historical

James P. Lecky and Robert Hartman are life partners who lived together at 524 Clifton Avenue in the Forest Hill section of Newark from the 1980s until 2020, when they retired and moved full-time into their second home on Long Island. James Lecky was born and raised in Newark and was the son of an Italian-American mother and a father of Ukrainian descent. Lecky’s intense interest in historic preservation, not only of architecture but also of the natural environment, is reflected in the leading role he took in a number of preservation organizations in Newark. Mayor Sharpe James appointed him to Newark’s Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission at its founding in 1989, and in later years he worked for the Branch Brook Park Alliance. Robert Hartman is a graphic designer, who shared an interest in the history and culture of Newark, and often generously contributed his talents to the publications and online presence of such local organizations as the Newark History Society.


3.92 Linear Feet (7 Hollinger boxes, 1 oversize box)

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Separated Materials

• 7 yearbooks from Plainfield High School: 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966--sent to Plainfield Public Library • 10 yearbooks from Seton Hall Prep: 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958 [MAIN NJ REF] • Catalogue of the Newark Museum Tibetan collection / Valrae Reynolds, Amy Heller. 2nd ed. Newark, N.J. : Newark Museum, 1983. [MAIN NJ REF] • Forest Hill [Images of America] / Catharine Longendyck and Kathleen P. Galop. Charleston, South Carolina : Arcadia Publishing, ©2014. (5 copies, all autographed by authors) [2 COPIES TO NORTH END BRANCH, 1 COPY TO BRANCH BROOK BRANCH, 2 COPIES MAIN NJRAI 974.932 L857fo] • Branch Brook Park [Images of America] / [compiled by] Kathleen P. Galop and Catharine Longendyck. Charleston, SC : Arcadia Publishing, c2007. (2 copies, 1 signed by authors) [SIGNED COPY NJRAI, OTHER COPY TO NORTH END BRANCH 974.932 B7326] • Italian Americans of Newark, Belleville, and Nutley [Images of America] / Sandra S. Lee. Charleston, SC : Arcadia Publising, c2008. (2 copies) [1 COPY TO NORTH END BRANCH, 1 COPY TO NJ REF 974.93100451 L51it] • Trenton [Images of America] / [compiled by] Cathleen Crown and Carol Rogers. Charleston, SC : Arcadia Publishing, c2000. [MAIN NJ REF 974.966 T7153] • Bambergers : New Jersey's greatest store / Michael J. Lisicky. Charleston, SC : History Press, ©2016. [VAN BUREN 381.141065 L68ba] • Welcome back to Newark / Oscar Israelowitz and Brian Merlis. Brooklyn, N.Y. : Israelowitz Publishing, 2019. [MAIN STACKS 974.932 Is74we] • The house of pain; the strange world of Monique Von Cleef; the queen of humiliation, an autobiography and a message to all human slaves, by Monique von Cleef with William Waterman. Secaucus, N.J., Lyle Stuart, 1974. [MAIN NJ REF 306.775 V891 Aa1ho] • The famous, the familiar and the forgotten : 350 notable Newarkers / Guy Sterling. Edition Rev. date 12/10/2014. Bloomington, IN : Xlibris Corporation, ©2014. (3 copies) [MAIN STACKS 974.932 St455fa] • Historic houses of New Jersey / by W. Jay Mills. Union City, N. J. : Books about New Jersey, c1977. Reprint of the 1902 edition. [Main N.J. Ref. 974.9 M621] • A centennial history of Rutgers Law School in Newark : opening a thousand doors / Paul Tractenberg ; foreword by John J. Farmer Jr. Charleston, SC : History Press, 2010. [Main N.J. Ref. 340.0711 T673ce] • New Jersey remembered : seventy-fifth anniversary / Robert Wilson Torchia. Philadelphia: Schwarz Gallery c2005. [MAIN NJ REF] • Newark History Society : fifteenth anniversary celebration, 2002-2017. Newark, New Jersey : Newark History Society, [2017]. [TO BOOK SALE] • Newark History Society : fifteenth anniversary celebration, 2002-2017 : Outstanding Newark Scholar Award presented to Warren Grover. Newark, New Jersey : Newark History Society, [2017]. [MAIN N.J. Ref. 974.932006 N422 2017a] • The New Jersey house / Helen Schwartz ; photography by Margaret Morgan Fisher. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1983. [MAIN NJ REF 728.09749 Sch9] • Greetings from New Jersey : a postcard tour of the Garden State / Helen-Chantal Pike. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c2001. [MAIN STACKS 974.9043 P635gr] • Peshine Avenue School, Newark, New Jersey / Elsie D. Cavicchia, principal, Zelda Girion Katz, historian. Newark, N.J. : [author], 1963. [At head of title: The four dedications] [MAIN N.J. Ref. 372 P43] • Comments on government of the City of Newark / D. J. (Dorland J.) Henderson. [S.l. : s.n., 1986?] [MAIN NJRAI 320.974932 H38] • Guide to Flemington, New Jersey / Barbara Clayton & Kathleen Whitley. Stanton, N.J. : Clayton & Whitley, 1987. [MAIN NJ REF 917.4971 C57] • 13 issues of New Jersey History: Spring/Summer 1978, Summer 1979, Autumn 1979, Fall/Winter 1980, Fall/Winter 1981, Fall/Winter 1983, Spring/Summer 1986, Fall/Winter 1986, Fall/Winter 1987, Spring/Summer 1988, Fall/Winter 1988, Spring/Summer 1989, Fall/Winter 1989. [MAIN NJ PERIODICALS] • Remembering Essex : a pictorial history of Essex County, New Jersey / by John T. Cunningham and Charles F. Cummings. Virginia Beach, VA : The Donning Company, c1995. [BOOK SALE] • Trenton. A Novel by John P. Calu and David A. Hart. Medford, N.J.: Plexus Publishing, c2010. [MAIN NJRAI] • Miracle on High Street : the rise, fall, and resurrection of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J. / Thomas A. McCabe. 1st ed. New York : Fordham University Press, 2011. [MAIN NJRAI 373.74932 M121mi 2011] • Notorious New Jersey : 100 true tales of murders and mobsters, scandals and scoundrels / Jon Blackwell. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rivergate Books, c2008. [VAN BUREN 364.109749 B568no] • Ever dear : 150 years at St. Benedict's Prep / presented by St. Benedict's Preparatory School. [United States] : Pediment Publishing, ©2018. [MAIN STACKS 373.74932 Sa25 Ev24] • Knowing Newark: selected Star-ledger columns / by Charles F. Cummings. [Newark, N.J.] : Newark Public Library, 2016. (6 copies) [MAIN NJ REF UNCATALOGUED] • Historic photos of Newark / text and captions by Sharon Hazard and Elizabeth Hazard. Nashville : Turner Pub., [2009] [MAIN STACKS 974.932002 H629] • Prudential Insurance Company of America: Structural Evaluation of Blocks 51 and 52, City of Newark. Report Ref. Issue—July 9, 2012 [MAIN NJ REF] • Prudential Insurance Company of America Project Skyline: City of Newark Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission Application. Military park Commons Historic District. Revised August 6, 2012. [MAIN NJ REF] • Introduction to Teachers Village at Four Corners. Prepared for: RBH Group. February 25, 2010. [MAIN NJ REF] • Total 259 postcards, most featuring scenes in Newark, many of Branch Brook Park [NJ Room Picture Collection] • A History of the city of Newark, New Jersey, embracing practically two and a half centuries, 1666-1913 / F.J. Urquhart and others. New York, Chicago, Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1913. Volumes I and II. [TO BOOK SALE] • Inside Newark : decline, rebellion, and the search for transformation / Robert Curvin. New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, 2014. (Signed by author) [MAIN NJRAI 320.974932 C948in] • The Lenâpe and their legends; with the complete text and symbols of the Walam olum, a new translation, and an inquiry into its authenticity. Philadelphia : D. G. Brinton, 1885. [TO BOOK SALE] • Welcome to my breakdown : a memoir / Benilde Little. New York : Atria Books, [2015] [MAIN N.J.R.A.I. 813 L721z Aa1we] • Tales without hate / William M. Ashby ; [edited by Douglas Eldridge with assistance from Carole DeSenne] [2nd ed.] Newark, N.J. : Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee ; Metuchen, N.J. : Upland Press, c1996. [TO BOOK SALE] • Newark's Little Italy : the vanished First Ward / Michael Immerso. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press ; Newark, N.J. : Newark Public Library, c1997. (Signed by author) [MAIN NJRAI 974.93200451 Im65] • Stories of New Jersey, by Frank R Stockton. New York, Chicago, American book company, 1896. [TO BOOK SALE] • Book of Words; the pageant of Newark [by] Thomas Wood Stevens .... Newark, Committee of one hundred, 1916. [TO BOOK SALE] • In the New Jersey foot-hills : a brief summary of the section of New Jersey where one finds health and pleasure in out door life / Central Railroad of New Jersey. Cambridge, Mass. : University Press, n.d. [MAIN NJ REF] • Seaside Resorts in New Jersey: Published with a view of interesting those in search of an attractive and healthful place to spend the season or vacation period / Central Railroad of New Jersey. Cambridge, Mass.: University Press, n.d. [MAIN NJ REF] • The "guide book," street guide and general information of Newark : including Irvington, Harrison, East Newark, Kearny and Arlington, New Jersey. [Newark, N.J.] : Cities Map & Guide Co., c1952. [MAIN NJ MAP COLLECTION] • Old and historic churches of New Jersey. Volume 2 / Ellis L. Derry.Medford, N.J. : Plexus Pub., 1994. [BOOK SALE] • Political prisoner : you can be indicted, arrested, convicted and sent to prison without committing a crime / a memoir by Sharpe James. Newark, New Jersey : Nutany Publishing Company, ©2013. (Signed by author) [MAIN NJRAI 974.932044 J236 Aa1po] • Garages and Motor Boat Houses / Compiled by William Phillips Comstock. Saco, Maine: Merrymeeting Archives, 2001. [Reprint of 1911 book] [MAIN NJ REF] • Low Cost Suburban Homes: A Book of Suggestions for the Man with the Moderate Purse / Edited by Richardson Wright. Saco, Maine: Merrymeeting Archives, 2001 [Reprint of book c 1916, Robet M. McBride & Co.] [MAIN NJ REF] • Crossroads of the American Revolution : a guide to New Jersey's American Revolutionary War sites / State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection ; illustrations and layout by Anne Chidley. Trenton : State of New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection, 2008. [MAIN NJ REF 974.903 C8847] • Newark, New Jersey : old and new / by Charles F. Cummings. ; produced by George A. Paschalis. [Newark, N.J] : Newark Public Library, c2002. [MAIN NJ REF 917.4932 C912ne] • A short history of Newark / by Frank J. Urquhart. Newark, N.J. : Baker Printing Co., 1953. [BOOK SALE] • Les Interieurs du Chateau de Versailles: 30 Planches [n.d.] (Cover coming off) [SPECIAL COLLECTIONS] • Decorated wooden ceilings in Spain, by Arthur Byne and Mildred Stapley ...New York, London, G.P. Putnam's Sons, [c1920] [SPECIAL COLLECTIONS] • Arcology: the city in the image of man. Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press [1969] [SPECIAL COLLECTIONS]

Processing Information

The material was received in banker boxes and acidic file folders. The donation included books and postcards that were removed from the collection. The rest of the materials were re-foldered and put in archives boxes, but the basic organization of the collection was left intact.

Thomas Ankner and Gail Malmgreen
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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