Local History

The Mason Room is open on Tuesdays from 10 am to noon.  At that time, and also by appointment, members of the New Providence Historical Society are available to help with local history research. To make an appointment, call the Historical Society at (908) 665-1034, or email the Historical Society.

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The following local history materials are available during regular library hours:

New Providence History

Images of America: New Providence by Joan Gonczlik and Jane Coddington provides information about New Providence's history as well as photographs. The Founders of New Providence, New Jersey by Willis Johnson and This is New Providence, published in 1968 by the League of Women Voters, also provide histories of New Providence. 

The New Providence - Berkeley Heights Directory (1955 - 1980, with gaps) is a telephone directory with two different indexes: name and address. It is helpful for residents of older houses who wish to look up who was living at their address in that time period.

The library's collection of New Providence High School The Trail yearbooks goes back to 1960. 

Census records for New Providence are available online through HeritageQuest (free with a library card).

The borough publication New Providence Welcome Guide also has a few pages on New Providence's history.

Another online source for New Providence history is Turkey Tracks, the newsletter of the New Providence Historical Society.

Early History

For New Providence history up until 1899, see From the Passaiack to the Wach Unks edited by Helen Desmond. 

For New Providence history up until 1869, see Family Records by John Littell, Summit, New Jersey by Edmund Raftis and Summit's Story by Robin Little.

For assistance finding these materials, please ask at the reference desk. 

We have moved into Phase 3..

of our phased Re-open Plan.  On September 28, we welcomed the first patron in for a 45 minute computer appointment.  Social distancing requires us to limit public access to 2 computers and there are new procedures and restrictions.  

In spite of restrictions, allowing patrons back into the building is another step forward.  We anticipate opening up a COVID browsing library by the beginning of November with an open area for patrons of all ages to come in and browse new and selected materials from our larger collection.  Staff will be available to assist with requests and you can continue to place materials on hold for pickup.

We will continue to make foyer pickup available for those who don't want to come into the library.  Materials should still be returned into the exterior drop boxes.  You can check the complete list of instructions for more information.  

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