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Today we celebrate   with this 1938 trademarked cookie box from the United Biscuit Company of America. [Series SSTCM002]
12/04/2023

Today we celebrate with this 1938 trademarked cookie box from the United Biscuit Company of America. [Series SSTCM002]

We’re bringing a cake to this month's National Archives’ hashtag party-- specifically, New Jersey's 1964 Tercentenary ca...
12/01/2023

We’re bringing a cake to this month's National Archives’ hashtag party-- specifically, New Jersey's 1964 Tercentenary cake. At 3,400-lbs., this tower of confection reached to the second floor of the State House Rotunda. Bergen County Vocational and Technical School’s recipe called for 1,600 lbs. of powdered sugar, 1,200 eggs, and 250 lbs. of almond paste. Now that’s a dessert of monumental proportion! [Series SZTER001]

11/30/2023
Visiting us at the State Archives in December? Make sure to check out our new mini-exhibit highlighting winter festiviti...
11/30/2023

Visiting us at the State Archives in December? Make sure to check out our new mini-exhibit highlighting winter festivities in New Jersey.

A happy “Dosey Do” to all who celebrate National Square Dancing Day! The Square Dance was designated as the American Fol...
11/29/2023

A happy “Dosey Do” to all who celebrate National Square Dancing Day! The Square Dance was designated as the American Folk Dance of the State of New Jersey by Joint Resolution No. 1 in 1983. [Series SENPA001]

We could not let November pass without recognizing N.J.S. 36:2-128, which designates the month as New Jersey Wine Month....
11/28/2023

We could not let November pass without recognizing N.J.S. 36:2-128, which designates the month as New Jersey Wine Month. New Jersey has a long tradition of wineries, including the Gross Highland Winery in Mays Landing, as seen here in 1968. [Series SAGSE001]

On this day in 1790, the New Jersey legislature passed “An Act for fixing a permanent Seat of Government in this State, ...
11/25/2023

On this day in 1790, the New Jersey legislature passed “An Act for fixing a permanent Seat of Government in this State, and for altering the Place of the first Meeting of the Legislature after the annual Election.” This designated Trenton as the permanent capital of New Jersey.

As we gather for the Thanksgiving holiday, reunite with family and friends, and reflect on our roots and traditions, the...
11/23/2023

As we gather for the Thanksgiving holiday, reunite with family and friends, and reflect on our roots and traditions, the New Jersey State Archives hopes you enjoy the day. We are thankful to have the opportunity to assist you in discovering more about your New Jersey roots. Come see our latest exhibit, "Finding Your Roots at the New Jersey State Archives" and schedule your appointment to come research with us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

On November 20, 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. Twelve articles were proposed in 1...
11/20/2023

On November 20, 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights. Twelve articles were proposed in 1789; however the first and second listed did not pass. New Jersey favored the first, which would have increased its representation in Congress. Our state did not approve the second article (relative to congressional salaries) until 1992, when it became the 27th amendment.

Did you know that November is Historic Bridge Awareness Month? According to the New Jersey Historic Bridge Database, the...
11/15/2023

Did you know that November is Historic Bridge Awareness Month? According to the New Jersey Historic Bridge Database, there are over 2,000 historic bridges in the state, including the Barber's Farm Bridge seen here. [Series SCR00003]

On this day in 1789, the New Jersey Legislative Council and General Assembly passed "An Act for the Preservation of Cran...
11/10/2023

On this day in 1789, the New Jersey Legislative Council and General Assembly passed "An Act for the Preservation of Cranberries." The act forbade the picking of cranberries between June 1 and October 10. Cranberries were considered a valuable export, and it seems people were stealing the fruit from land that was not their own. [Photograph from Governors’ Photograph Collection]

11/08/2023

Did you know that we have been celebrating thanksgiving holidays in New Jersey for over three centuries? Today marks the 347th anniversary of the earliest known designation of such a day by act of the General Assembly of the Province in 1676. The law set apart the second Wednesday of November as a day of “publick Thanksgiving … to give God the glory and praise thereof.” In 1789, the First Federal Congress passed a resolution requesting President George Washington to proclaim a national day of thanksgiving. New Jersey governors made similar proclamations over the years. In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the fourth Thursday in November as the federal holiday.

Happy  ! Did your ancestors vote? Were any of them a candidate for elected office?  Perhaps one served on a local Electi...
11/07/2023

Happy ! Did your ancestors vote? Were any of them a candidate for elected office? Perhaps one served on a local Election Board? Explore the New Jersey State Archives’ collection of voter lists and election results. You may be surprised at what you find!

We celebrate Book Lover's Day with a few works that have relied on documentary resources at the New Jersey State Archive...
11/04/2023

We celebrate Book Lover's Day with a few works that have relied on documentary resources at the New Jersey State Archives.

On this day in 1926, the Hall-Mills murder trial began in Somerville, N.J. The 1922 deaths of Eleanor Mills and Edward H...
11/03/2023

On this day in 1926, the Hall-Mills murder trial began in Somerville, N.J. The 1922 deaths of Eleanor Mills and Edward Hall remain unsolved. The NJSA holds a full set of the trial transcripts cataloged under Somerset County Court of Oyer and Terminer. [Series SOYSO001]

On this National Author's Day, we celebrate Stephen Crane, who was born in Newark on this date in 1871. Crane's bust at ...
11/01/2023

On this National Author's Day, we celebrate Stephen Crane, who was born in Newark on this date in 1871. Crane's bust at Newark Public Library was used as an illistration by the WPA's New Jersey Writers' Project. [Series FWPNW026]

Happy Halloween! [series SAGSE001]
10/31/2023

Happy Halloween! [series SAGSE001]

10/30/2023

Day In The Life Archives

At Monmouth County Archives Day this past Saturday, Library Assistants Jon and Michelle let people know about the collec...
10/30/2023

At Monmouth County Archives Day this past Saturday, Library Assistants Jon and Michelle let people know about the collections and reference services at the New Jersey State Archives.

10/30/2023
We are excited to announce our November exhibit will highlight New Jersey elections! Reference assistant Tim McCorristin...
10/27/2023

We are excited to announce our November exhibit will highlight New Jersey elections! Reference assistant Tim McCorristin co-curated the display. Check it out during your next research visit. Please make an appointment at https://bit.ly/njsaappointments. Note that we will be closed on Election Day (11/7), and Thanksgiving (11/23).

Several NJSA staff members joined archivists from across the region last week for the MARAC (Mid-Atlantic Regional Archi...
10/26/2023

Several NJSA staff members joined archivists from across the region last week for the MARAC (Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference) fall meeting in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., attending workshops and presentations, and sharing best practices.

  is back with the Lambertville Rubber Company. According to the Lambertville Historical Society, the city nicknamed the...
10/24/2023

is back with the Lambertville Rubber Company. According to the Lambertville Historical Society, the city nicknamed the factory the "stink pot." Their logo was registered with the New Jersey Secretary of State in 1898. [series SSTCM002]

Did you know that N.J.S. 36:2-278 designates the third weekend in October as "Shuck, Sip, and Slurp Weekend" to promote ...
10/20/2023

Did you know that N.J.S. 36:2-278 designates the third weekend in October as "Shuck, Sip, and Slurp Weekend" to promote New Jersey oysters, wine, and beer?

[series FWPNW026, SAGSE001, and SSTCM002]

We love a then and now photo using our collection!  Thanks for sharing.
10/17/2023

We love a then and now photo using our collection! Thanks for sharing.

Just a few reminders before you come to visit us at the State Archive.  Also, don't forget to book your appointment in a...
10/13/2023

Just a few reminders before you come to visit us at the State Archive. Also, don't forget to book your appointment in advance: https://bit.ly/njsaappointments.

10/13/2023

Did you know that student tickets to our annual conference are only $5? This event is a great opportunity to not only learn something new about the American Revolution but also connect with fellow students and professionals in the field.

The conference will offer a keynote address from Dr. Ned Blackhawk, workshops from The Old Barracks Museum and the New Jersey State Archives, and panels featuring new research on under-studied aspects of the Revolution.

Tickets on sale now at bit.ly/23njhc

Made By Us Revolution NJ America250 History Department at Montclair State University Kean University Department of History Rowan University History Department Monmouth University - Department of History and Anthropology Rutgers History Department Federated Department of History at Rutgers University-Newark and NJIT Rutgers Camden History Club

Feeling lucky? In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s Friday the 13th. What better way to get in the “spooky spirit” of Octobe...
10/13/2023

Feeling lucky? In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s Friday the 13th. What better way to get in the “spooky spirit” of October than with a black cat atop an enormous pumpkin?

Wishing you good luck all day long!

10/12/2023

Call for posters deadline extended to October 20th!

Poster guidelines and submission information can be found at: bit.ly/njp23

Archivists love questions! Got one? Today is  ! Let us know what you’re wondering about… We’re always happy to answer re...
10/11/2023

Archivists love questions! Got one? Today is ! Let us know what you’re wondering about… We’re always happy to answer research questions at New Jersey State Archives

To celebrate Electronic Records Day, we’re spotlighting archivists Tara Maharjan and Danielle “Dani” Marchetti—staff of ...
10/10/2023

To celebrate Electronic Records Day, we’re spotlighting archivists Tara Maharjan and Danielle “Dani” Marchetti—staff of our recently inaugurated Electronic Records Program. Pictured here are Tara and Dani making their first presentation on e-records surveying and preservation to staff of the New Jersey Department of State in late September.

Today is Indigenous People’s Day. Did you know that in New Jersey we are surrounded by place names that stem from Lenape...
10/09/2023

Today is Indigenous People’s Day. Did you know that in New Jersey we are surrounded by place names that stem from Lenape words and references? Just a small sampling are shown here in recognition of this important aspect of our cultural history.

New Jersey is home to two of the oldest colleges in the country. The College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) wa...
10/06/2023

New Jersey is home to two of the oldest colleges in the country. The College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) was established in 1746; and Queens College (now Rutgers, The State University) was established in 1766. We celebrate the Garden State’s long and distinguished history of higher education!

1. The second charter to the trustees of Queens College [series SSTSE023]
2. Ravine Bridge at Douglass College at Rutgers University [series SCS0001]
3. Drawing of Nassau Hall, dated 1764 [series SCS00001]
4. Cleveland Tower at Princeton University [series SCS00001]

Tomorrow kicks off Manufacturing Week! Manufacturing businesses particularly chemical, food, computer, and electronic ma...
10/05/2023

Tomorrow kicks off Manufacturing Week! Manufacturing businesses particularly chemical, food, computer, and electronic manufacture constitute one of the largest employment sectors in the state and account for about 10% to New Jersey's annual GDP.

This photo of milk processing is from the Department of Agriculture's Photograph Collection (series SAGSE001).

We continue our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month today by recognizing those who left their native countries to sta...
10/03/2023

We continue our celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month today by recognizing those who left their native countries to start a new life in New Jersey. Consuelo Gutierrez was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, on November 14, 1907. She arrived in the Port of New York aboard the S.S. Ulua in 1930, and filed her declaration of intention to become a U.S. citizen in 1936. Consuela’s naturalization petition was granted in Burlington County, N.J., in 1939. The State Archives holds citizenship papers in original or microfilm form for all New Jersey counties (date ranges vary). [Series CBUCP003]

October is American Archives Month!  The New Jersey State Archives is the state’s official repository for all public doc...
10/01/2023

October is American Archives Month! The New Jersey State Archives is the state’s official repository for all public documents of enduring historical value. The greater part of the collection consists of records created by offices, agencies and departments of the State and Colony of New Jersey. The Archives also holds certain county, municipal, and federal government records, as well as selected non-governmental collections.

The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance - NJSAA is offering $300 scholarships to support student research on any aspect...
09/30/2023

The New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance - NJSAA is offering $300 scholarships to support student research on any aspect of New Jersey Studies.

This scholarship of $300 is offered by the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance to support research on any aspect of New Jersey Studies. It is open to high school and college students. Requirements 1) Applicants must be enrolled in high school or at a college or a university (full- or part-time; at

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