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Donald Malafronte Papers

Identifier: MG NWK Malafronte (Main)

Scope and Contents

Most of the material in this collection deals with Malafronte's time as a top advisor to Mayor Hugh Addonizio from 1964 to 1970. There are large collections of documents dealing with the 1967 Newark Rebellion, the move of the NJ College of Medicine and Dentistry to Newark, and the Model Cities program. There are also clippings and other documents dealing with the enforcement of anti-gambling statutes, the Newark Police Department, and other issues encountered by Malafronte during his time working at Newark City Hall.

Also included are some legal documents related to a case in Jersey City involving property owner Steven Hyman and the Jersey City Medical Center. Malafronte became involved in this issue beginning in the 1980s, when he was working as a health care consultant.


  • 1952 - 2003

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Donald Malafronte was born in New York City on 16 December 1931. He graduated from New York University in 1954 with a BS degree in journalism. After serving in the U.S. Army, he worked for the Long Island Daily Press. In 1958, he began working for the Star-Ledger in Newark.

In 1964, he was hired by Newark Mayor Hugh Addonizio as an administrative aide. Among his duties was acting as a spokesman for the Mayor. He was also the Director of the Newark Model Cities Program from 1967 to 1970. After Addonizio's time as Mayor ended in 1970, Malafronte worked for Mayor Kenneth Gibson for a year. He became the President of the Urban Health Institute in Roseland, N.J. in 1973. He has served as a consultant to hospitals and local governments since 1970.

Malafronte is now retired. He lives in New York State.


4.38 Linear Feet (10 Hollinger boxes, 1 half Hollinger box)

Language of Materials



This collection was donated in July 2020. It consists mostly of material related to Malafronte's time as a top advisor to Newark Mayor Hugh Addonizio in the 1960s. A small portion of the collection is related to Malafronte's work before and after his time at Newark City Hall.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Donald Malafronte in July 2020.

Processing Information

Before donation, the material was in a storage locker and cardboard box in a shed on Malafronte's property. It had a strong musty odor, but no mold was noticed. The material was not organized in any way, although certain types of items had been stapled together. Many of the staples were rusty.

When oranized, it was divided by subject matter, foldered, and put in archives boxes. Most of the stapes were removed.

Thomas Ankner
March 2022
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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