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James M. Reilly Papers

Identifier: MG Nwk Reilly-(Main & Offsite)

Scope and Contents

Much of this collection consists of invitations, pamphlets, and programs from events Reilly attended, which are in Box 1. Folder 1 includes Board of Trade Events (mostly banquets, also a Spanish speaking delegation to Newark in 1897). Folder 4 includes City of Newark events like Halloween parties and the 1906 city Hall opening. Folders 5 and 6 include events for specific industry groups Reilly was part of. Folder 7 includes miscellaneous events including a Governor Edwards inauguration program and two Gottfried Krueger Association programs.

There are two manuscripts in the collection. “A Historical Review of the Development and Progress of Industry in the City of Newark” (box 1, folders 8-9) became part of Vol. 1 of Urquhart’s “History of the City of Newark”. The second manuscript, “Fifty Years 1866-1918 Board of Trade of the City of Newark” (box 2, folder 1) was not published, as far as we have been able to determine.

The remainder of the collection consists of miscellaneous Board of Trade material (Box 1, folder 2), newspaper clippings (Box 1, folder 3), miscellaneous papers and correspondence (Box 2, Folder 4) and various published material that is fragile or already exists in the New Jersey Room collection. Periodicals, reports and publications include Interurban Conference material and a booklet illustrated by artist C. Chapman Durand. These are listed by item in the contents list.

The bulk of photographs kept in the collection are unidentified, as well as a duplicate of a photo of Japanese delegates at Thomas Edison’s factory, and several photos of non-NJ senators. Buttons, badges, and ribbons include the Newark 1912 Industrial Exposition, various Newark and national conferences, Victory Bond buttons and memorabilia from other various events attended Mr. Reilly.

Oversized material includes mostly photographs of various trade association meetings, as well as a further duplicate photo of the Japanese delegate at Edison’s factory.


  • 1890 - 1935

Conditions Governing Use

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


2.67 Linear Feet (3 Hollinger boxes, 1 Oversized Box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of records from Mr. James M. Reilly, who was secretary of the Newark Board of Trade from 1892-1920 and was active in many other industrial and other organizations in Newark and surrounding area.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation of E. Anne Farrell, 2018-2019.

Related Materials

“A History of the City of Newark, NJ” by Frank Urquhart (974.932 Ur61) contains Mr. Reilly’s manuscript on Newark industry (v. 1) as well as a biography and photo of Mr. Reilly (v.3). Many Board of Trade documents are cataloged in the library’s Quasi Documents collection or as books.

Separated Materials

Maps & Blueprints (to Map/Blueprint Collection) Plan of the Proposed United Port (NA15) New Jersey Showing Watersheds, 1890 (N16) Atlas of Newark and the Metropolitan District, 1915 (2, NL39) 2 Philadelphia to New York and 1 to Boston Mass - Texas area US Army map (N17a & b) 2 blueprints, pierhead and bulkhead Passaic River (1916) Newark street/ward map 1912 (NL38) Tentative use, area, height maps Newark districts (ND48) Proposed State Highway System (N15) Unlabeled blueprint of Seth Boyden Homes (Drawer 5)

Periodicals Newarker v. 2 no. 7 May 1913 (5), 5/6 April 1916

Books Men of Newark (20 G21) History of the City of Newark, NJ (973.932 Ur61) Newark: the City of Industry (917.493 N428)

Reports Meadowlands Reclamation Commission 1930 (to State Docs) Passaic River and Newark Bay Inspection Trip Oct 23, 1907 (to Local Docs)

Identified Photos (cataloged to picture collection) P.T. Quinn, John F. Dryden, E.A. Wilkinson, Robert Hancock, Charles Kilburn, Joseph Colier, John L. O’Toole, W. F. Ellis, Isaac F. Roe, NJ State Fair Group President’s Tent (one copy in collection), Board of Trade 1905, Huide children, St. James Church, Waverly Park horse track 1902 and 1906, honorary commercial commission of Japan at lab of Thomas Edison (original in collection), Japanese delegates that brought the cherry trees to Newark

Processing Information

Material was sorted by type. Books, maps, city documents, state documents, and identified photos were removed, unless they already existed in the current CFCNJIC collection, were duplicates, or were not NJ related. Material was alphabetized by folder title / type. More specificity was included in finding aid for most folders.

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