The Elizabeth A. Beam
Local History and
at Lambert Castle
make an appointment to use the Library, call (973) 247-0085 ext. 204 or
email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Passaic County Historical Society does not hold any official Vital
Records such as birth certificates, marriage certificates and death
certificates. If you are looking for Vital Records, you
must contact the State Archives - http://www.state.nj.us/state/archives/.
|From mid-December through mid-October the PCHS Library is open for researchers to drop in (see schedule below); however, appointments are
strongly encouraged as they will allow our staff to better assist you
with your research needs.|
Please confirm our hours of operation before traveling long distances as they may be subject to change at any time.
|Friday 1 to 4 p.m.
|2nd and 4th Saturday of the month - 1 to 4 p.m.
|Access to the museum is free for all members of
the Passaic County
Historical Society. Non-members are required to pay the museum
fee. This entitles them to a museum tour and use of the library.
PCHS Library encompasses a rich collection of materials related to the
history of cities and towns within Passaic County as well as an
body of genealogical information on thousands of families who lived
the county. The library contains approximately 2,800
These include atlases, city directories, books by local authors,
genealogies, and local histories. The library has a
collection and thousands of family group sheets on file.
See an online copy of A
Guide to the Genealogy and Local History Collections of the Passaic
Historical Society Library.
In addition there are approximately 200 maps in the
holdings also include:
|Records and papers of the Society for the
Establishment of Useful
Manufacturers, detailing the development of Paterson as the first
industrial city in the United States.
|Records of the Wright Aeronautical Corporation,
technological advances in aviation industry from early to mid-20th
|The papers and records of Edward B. Haines, one of
|The Derrom Collection, a miscellaneous collection
a local figure and including materials on the Spanish American War.
|The Zabriskie Collection, sheet music of the
to a local composer.
|The Hobart Collection containing correspondence,
law books, and scrapbooks of U. S. Vice President Hobart and his wife.
Research Policies and Fees
Photo Reproduction Policy
Archival Finding Aids
Paterson Evening News Photographic Collection
to our limited storage capacity, the PCHS generally does not accept
photographs of unidentified individuals or groups of people.
Some exceptions may be made in rare cases, at the discretion of
the staff. If you are considering donating photographs of
unidentified people, you are strongly advised to contact a staff member
before mailing or delivering any items.
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