Local History

Online resources

NPML Digital Archives include the local newspaper The Independent Press (1966-73 and 1992-1993), and the New Providence Scrapbook Collection, a digitized collection of clippings and print materials that librarians saved over the years that related to New Providence or New Jersey history.  More issues of the Independent Press will be added to the digital archives in future years.

HeritageQuest contains Census records for New Providence.  Log in with your library card barcode number.

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

Turkey Tracks is the newsletter of the New Providence Historical Society and has facts about New Providence history.

Print resources

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

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. 

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.

The Mason Room is a treasure trove of local history materials.  It is located at the back of the library and is open on Tuesdays from 10 am to noon when members of the New Providence Historical Society can provide you with assistance. To contact the Historical Society, call (908) 665-1034, or email the Historical Society.

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Signs of life!

As the snow begins to melt, we see positive signs of brighter days ahead.  Infection rates in town continue to drop and the COVID Committee of the Board of Trustees continues to monitor virus progress in the community.  We have been meeting regularly to evaluate whether conditions are right for re-opening.  As always, the safety of our patrons and staff is of prime importance. 

We are happy to announce that we will once again open to computer use by appointment on Monday, 3/1.  As before, we ask that you make an appointment for a 45 minute slot at least the day before and we will not take advance appointments beyond 1 week.  Social distancing requirements only allow us to make 2 computers available. 

We look forward to safer conditions as vaccinations proceed and will continue to update you as our re-opening plans progress.

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