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Kathleen P. Galop Collection

Identifier: MG Galop-(Main)

Scope and Contents

Much of the collection pertains to Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ, including materials related to The Newark Cherry Blossom Festival, Historic Register Nomination, Branch Brook Park Alliance, Essex County Parks Department, and research used in Galop’s co-authored book.

There are also materials on the Essex County Park System as a whole, as well as individual parks and projects. Additionally, Galop collected some materials on preservation in Essex County.


  • 1867 - 2016
  • Majority of material found within 1976 - 2007

Conditions Governing Access

Open to the public.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Kathleen P. Galop grew up near Branch Brook Park. An attorney, graduated from The Dickinson School of Law, she became assistant general counsel for the Prudential even as her interest in preservation and the parks of Essex County grew. She co-founded The Newark Cherry Blossom Festival in 1975, wrote the nomination of Branch Brook Park for the New Jersey and National Historic Registers, and served on the Board of the Branch Brook Park Alliance from its formation in 1999 to 2007. When the Essex County Park Commission was replaced by the county Parks Department in 1980, Kathleen was asked to be on the Essex County Parks Advisory Council. Then in 1989, Kathleen left corporate law practice when she was appointed by the County Executive Historic Preservation Officer and Acting Director of the Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. After establishing Preservation Possibilities, a historic preservation consulting firm, in 1998, she continued work on behalf of the Essex County Park System. In 2007, she co-authored Branch Brook Park to honor its history and lasting value.


7.92 Linear Feet ; 16 Hollinger boxes and 1 Paige box

Language of Materials



Generally chronological or alphabetical within subject or box.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Newark Public Library by Kathleen P. Galop, 2008, 2012, 2016

Related Materials

Kathleen Galop’s books on Branch Brook Park and Forest Hill are held at the library.

Other Branch Brook Park materials in the NJ Reference Collection includes, but is not limited to: • Branching Out (periodical, removed from this collection) • Branch Brook Park : book discussion and signing with Kathleen P. Galop and Catharine Longendyck (audio recording) • Branch Brook Park : restoring the park, renewing our spirit (removed from this collection) • Branch Brook Park : legacy of the gilded age (DVD) • Branch Brook Park Alliance ... cherry blossom gala (event book, also in this collection, box 16) • Various posters and photos

The Library also has other materials (annual reports, scrapbooks, clippings, photographs) on the Essex County Parks.

Separated Materials

To New Jersey Collection:

Burlington County Historic Sites on the State and National Register, Constance M. Greiff. Burlington Co., NJ: Board of Chosen Freeholders and Cultural & Heritage Commission, 1990.

Eagle Rock Reservation, [compiled by] Joseph Fagan. Charleston, SC: Arcadia (Images of America series), 2002. 96 p. 974.933 Fa36

Administrative Code, County of Essex (New Jersey), 1979. 347.49310266bEs7

Park Art: With Pad and Pencil in the Parks for 31 Years from the Sunday Star-Ledger, Kay Kato. Essex County Parks Centennial Commission, 1999.

Branch Brook Park: restoring the park, renewing our spirit Branching Out [periodical] Fall 2001, Fall 2005, Winter 2005

To Branch Brook Library Branch: Branch Brook Park: restoring the park, renewing our spirit

Published Materials Available at Other Libraries :

Larz Anderson Park, Evan P. Ide. Charleston, SC: Arcadia (Images of America series), 2004.

Promised Land State Park, Peter Osborne and Minnisink Valley Historical Society. Arcadia (Images of America series), 2006

Historic Preservation (later Preservation), 1986 - 1998, incomplete

Kathy Kauhl
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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