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New Jersey Genealogy: City Directories

Basic guide to Rutgers and other genealogical resources.

City Directories in Rutgers Special Collections

City Directories on Microfilm

This is a partial list of what is available.

Finding N.J. Directories

Special Collections and University Archives has some 800 New Jersey city directories in their collection. Many of these have been cataloged; to search for cataloged New Jersey city directories, in the Library Catalog enter:

[CITY/TOWN NAME] DIRECTORIES

See above for a finding aid to the complete city directory collection.

The Rutgers Libraries also have some large compilations of New Jersey city directories on microfilm/microfiche. See above for a partial list of NJ city directories available on microfilm in the Alexander Library.

City Directories of the United States, 1860-1901 : Guide to the Microfilm Collection. -- Woodbridge, CT : Research Publications, 1983, c1984.
Includes index to the contents of the two Research Publications microfilm sets (U.S. City Directories, 1861-1881 and U.S. City Directories, 1882-1901). Available?

The Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center at the Newark Public Library has an extensive collection of New Jersey city directories. While directories for all parts of the state are included, the collection is particularly strong for Newark and other Essex county municipalities.

The New Jersey State Library Information Center also has a large collection of New Jersey city directories. For a list of directories in all formats see:

New Jersey City Directories at the New Jersey State Library

The Glouchester County Historical Society has a collection of city and county directories, primarily for the southern part of the state. See their City Directories Collection list.

See Also:

List of Directories on Microfilm in the City & County Directories Collections of the Camden County Historical Society and the Gloucester County Historical Society. Jean D. Crescenzi. Camden, N.J. Paul Robeson Library, 1993. Available?

New Jersey City Directories

The Online Historical Directories site includes a small collection of freely available directories listed by county.
New Jersey City Directories [microform].
Bethlehem, PA : MAPS, MicrogrAphic Preservation Service, [1992]-
117 Microfilm Reels
Contents: Atlantic City, 1872-1982 (45 reels) -- Madison & Chatham, 1965-1971 (2 reels) -- Rahway, 1904-1981 (6 reels) -- Perth Amboy, 1908-1967 (including Rahway, 1919, 1921, 1926, 1947-48, 1949, 1952 on 12th reel) (12 reels) -- Millville, 1928-1987 (including Pitman, 1932, and Pitman-Glassboro, 1949) (6 reels) -- New Brunswick, 1855-1984 (26 reels) -- Morris County, 1873-1903 (1 reel) -- Ocean City, 1948; Wildwood, 1937-38, 1967; South Jersey coast, 1913 (1 reel) -- Bridgeton, 1930-1986 (5 reels) -- Vineland, 1946-1981 (8 reels) -- Cumberland County, 1872-1896 (including Hammonton, 1950-51; Delaware River & West Jersey RR, 1872; and New Jersey State, 1876-77) (4 reels) -- Barrington, 1950-51; Haddonfield, 1952-53, 1954-55, 1961 (1 reel). Available?
Southern New Jersey City and County Directory Microfilming Project [microform].
Woodbury, N.J.] : Gloucester County Historical Society, 1988-
52 microfilm reels
Over 120 city and county directories (1875-1988), including telephone directories, chiefly of Gloucester and Camden counties. Available?

1835-1860

New Jersey City Directories, 1835-1860 [microform]
Woodbridge, Conn. : Research Publications, Inc., [198-?]
226 microfiche
Contents: New Jersey -- Camden -- Jersey City -- Newark -- New Brunswick -- Paterson -- Trenton.
Part of the City directories of the United States through 1860, a compilation based on Spear, Dorothea N. Bibliography of American directories through 1860, Worcester, Mass.: American Antiquarian Society, 1961. Available?

1861-1881

U.S. City Directories, 1861-1881 : New Jersey [microform]
Woodbridge, Conn. : Research Publications, Inc, [1984?]
20 reels of microfilm
Contents: [pt.1.] Jersey City (7 reels) -- [pt. 2.] Newark (10 reels) -- [pt. 3.] Paterson (3 reels). Available?

1882-1901

U.S. City Directories, 1882-1901 : New Jersey [microform]
Woodbridge, Conn. : Research Publications, Inc., [1984?]
32 reels of microfilm
Contents: [pt. 1.] Jersey City (9 reels) -- [pt. 2.] Newark (17 reels) -- [pt. 3.] Paterson (6 reels) Available?

1902-1935

United States City Directories--Newark, N.J. [Segment IV: 1902-1935] [microform]
Woodbridge, Conn. : Research Publications, [198-]-1987.
26 microfilm reels Available?
United States City Directories--Paterson, N.J. [Segment IV:1902-1935] [Microform]
Woodbridge, Conn. : Research Publications, [198-]-1987.
13 microfilm reels. Available?

Individual New Jersey Cities

Camden

Camden City Directories & Telephone Books [microform]
Camden, N.J. : Camden County Historical Society, [1991?]
50 microfilm reels. Covers the period 1837-1989. Available?

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Elizabeth

Elizabeth Directory.
Newark, N.J., Price & Lee Co, 1909-
Directories from 1909 to 1971. Available?

Elizabeth, New Jersey 1921 City Directory

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New Brunswick

Polk's New Brunswick (Middlesex County, N.J.) City Directory.
Boston : R.L. Polk & Co., 1855-
Directories from 1855 until the latter part of the 20th century. Available?

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Newark

United States City Directories--Newark, N.J. [Segment IV: 1902-1935] [microform]
Woodbridge, Conn. : Research Publications, [198-]-1987.
26 microfilm reels Available?
Directory of Newark for 1835-6: With an Historical Sketch.
Newark, 1836.
Name index, with links to the original scanned pages, to the first Newark city directory. Includes the historical sketch.
Directory of the City of Newark for 1838-9, With an Historical Sketch.
Newark, N.J., B.T. Pierson, 1838.
1840-41 City Directory for Newark, New Jersey
Directory of the City of Newark for 1849-50.
B.T. Pierson. Newark, 1849. Available?
Directory of the City of Newark for 1851-52.
17th edition. By B.T. Pierson. Newark N.J., Holbrook's Steam Press, 1851.

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Paterson

United States City Directories--Paterson, N.J. [Segment IV:1902-1935] [Microform]
Woodbridge, Conn. : Research Publications, [198-]-1987.
13 microfilm reels. Available?
1859 City Directory for Paterson, New Jersey

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Plainfield

Directory of the City of Plainfield [microform]
Plainfield, N.J. : Plainfield Public Library, 1989
30 microfilm reels
Contents: Reel 1. 1870; 1871; 1872; 1873; 1879-80; 1881-82 -- Reel 2. 1884-1885; 1885-1886; 1886-1887; 1887-1888 -- Reel 3. 1889-90; 1891-92; 1893-94; 1895-96 -- Reel 4. 1897-98; 1900; 1901 -- Reel. 5. 1902; 1903 -- Reel 6. 1904; 1905 -- Reel 7. 1907; 1908 -- Reel 8. 1909; 1910 -- Reel 9. 1911; 1912 -- Reel 10. 1913; 1914 -- Reel 11. 1915; 1916 -- Reel 12. 1917 -- Reel 13. 1918; 1919 -- Reel 14. 1920 -- Reel 15. 1921; 1922; 1924 -- Reel 16. 1925; 1926; 1943 -- Reel 17. 1927; 1928 -- Reel 18. 1929; 1930 -- Reel 19. 1931; 1933 -- Reel 20. 1935; 1938 -- Reel 21. 1940; 1944; 1947 -- Reel 22. 1949; 1950; 1953 -- Reel 23. 1951-52; 1955; 1962 -- Reel 24. 1957-58 -- Reel 25. 1956; 1960 -- Reel 26. 1963; 1964; 1966 -- Reel 27. 1968; 1978; 1982 -- Reel 28. 1969; 1971; 1972 -- Reel 29. 1973; 1974; 1975 -- Reel 30. 1967; 1976; 1977.Available?
Plainfield, NJ 1909 City Directory

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Summit, Milburn, Springfield

Summit, Millburn, Springfield Directories
1850, 1889, 1892, 1898, 1908-1981

Trenton

City Directories, Trenton, NJ, 1845-1971 [microform]
[Trenton, N.J.] : Trenton Free Public Library, 1989 Bethlehem, Pa. : Filmed by Mid-Atlantic Preservation Service)
48 microfilm reels
No directories included for 1846-1853, 1858, 1860-1864, 1866, 1937, 1939-1945, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1968, 1969. Reel 48 contains 43 maps from directories issued between 1881 and 1939. Available?
Fitzgerald's Trenton and Mercer County Directory : Together With a Business Directory of Bordentown, Burlington, Mount Holly and Lambertville, N.J. and Morrisville, Pa.
Trenton, N.J. : Thomas F. Fitzgerald. 1887-1934 (with gaps). Available?
Trenton City Directories
Directories from 1844 (business only), 1859, 1877(partial), 1881, 1882, 1900, and 1920.
1910 Trenton City Directory
Partial transcription.

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