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Newark City Archives

The City of Newark Archives and Records Management Center at 295 Halsey Street is a central repository for the records of Newark city departments back to the 19th century. Researchers can make an appointment to visit the Archives Reading Room (Phone: 973/733-5607; Email: Currently, access is by appointment along with proof of a negative Covid test no more than 72 hours prior to the visit.

List of Collections [From the Newark Archives Project]

Newark Public Library Digital Collection

The Newark Public Library has digitized many of the municipal documents in its collections. These can be searched at: Newark Public Library Digital Repository

Annual Reports: Officials & Departments

Message of ...Mayor of the City of Newark.
Rutgers Special Collections has: 1863; 1869; 1886; 1889; 1890; 1892; 1894; 1898; 1905; 1908.Available?
Message of...Mayor of the City of Newark
Full text available from Hathi Trust: 1903-1911; 1915.
Message of...[the] Mayor, Together With the Reports of City Officers of the City of Newark, N.J.
Mayor's message; summary financial and statistical reports; annual report of the city treasurer; and detailed reports from individual city departments.
Rutgers Special Collections has: 1872; 1876; 1879; 1883; 1890.Available?
The Mayor's Message Together With the Reports of the City Officers...
Full text available from Hathi Trust: 1873, 1874; 1880; 1883; 1885; 1887; 1890; 1891.

The City of Newark Archives and Records Management Center has the printed "Message with Reports" for 1869, 1871-1915.

Reports of City Officers of the City of Newark, N.J.
Full text available from Hathi Trust: 1877; 1884; 1886; 1890; 1891; 1893; 1910; 1914; 1917; 1918.
Reports of City Officers of Newark, N.J.
Full text available from Hathi Trust: 1902-1909.
Annual Report of the Auditor of Accounts
Newark, N.J., Department of Revenue and Finance
1912, 1914-1922 available in full-text. 1924-1932, 1934 search only.

The City of Newark Archives and Records Management Center has a collection of individual department reports spanning 1900-1994.

Newark Municipal Documents Collection

The Newark Municipal Documents collection consists of microfiche of assorted annual reports and other documents produced by Newark city departments and agencies between 1973 and 1996. The fiche are housed with the Dana Newark collection and are available for in-house use from the Dana Library Reference Desk.

The following departments and agencies are included in the collection. Note that these are selected publications and only one or two reports may be available from a specific agency or department.

Board of Education
Central Planning Board
1978 Newark Master Plan only.
City of Newark
Includes 1986-1989 budgets.
Council for Higher Education
Department of Administration
Division of Central Purchasing
Includes 1979-1983 annual reports.
Divison of Budget
Department of Development
Department of Engineering
Includes 1975-1994 annual reports
Department of Finance
Department of General Services
Department of Health & Welfare
Includes 1973-1978 annual reports
Department of Law
Department of Public Works
Includes 1974-1978 annual reports
Department of Recreation & Park
Includes 1973-1983 annual reports [not all years].
Division of Rent Control
Fire Department
Includes 1973-1981 & 1989-1996 annual reports.
Health Planning Advisory Council
Housing Authority
Mayor's Policy & Development Office
Miscellaneous Annual Reports
Municipal Council
Includes Council Minutes 1989-1990 and 1995.
Neighborhood Consumer Services
Includes 1979/80-1981/82 annual reports.
Newark Economic Development Corp
Newark Private Industry Council
Office of Consumer Action
Office of the Mayor
Human Rights Commission
Mayor's Office of Employment & Training
Parking Authority
Public Library
Includes 1974-1979 annual reports.
Real Estate Commission
Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Regional Health Planning Council
Watershed Conservation and Development Corp.

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