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The Newark Experience: Newarkers

Notable Newarkers

The Famous, the Familiar and the Forgotten : 350 Notable Newarkers. Guy G. Sterling. Xlibris Corporation, 2014. Available?

Defying the Odds: Triumphant Black Women of Newark.  Barbara J. Kukla. West Orange, N.J., Swing City Press, 2005. Connie Woodruff; Gladys St. John Churchman; Dr. E.Alma Flagg; Dr. E.Mae McCarroll; Viola Wells (Miss Rhapsody); Wynona M. Lipman; Mary Beasley Burch; and Marion A. Bolden. Available?

Newark's Literary Lights. Newark Public Library, 2016.

Newark Jewry: A History of the Jews of Newark, Their Institutions and Leading Personalities. Isaac Unterman. Newark, N.J., 1939 [c.1934]. 2 volumes. Available?

Gl'Italiani di Essex. Note storiche e biografiche, con l'aggiunta di un business directory. Olindo Marzulli. Newark, N.J., P.Matullo & Son, 1911. Available?

Men of Newark: A Collection of Portraits. Charles Albert Gasser. Newark N.J., Schultz and Gasser, 1904. Available?

Biographical and Genealogical History of the City of Newark and Essex County, N.J. New York, Lewis Pub Co., 1898. 2 volumes. Volume 1; Volume 2

Queer Newark

A Community's Response to the Problem of Invisibility: The Queer Newark Oral History Project. Darnell L. Moore QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking 1(2), Summer 2014, pp.1-14. Rutgers-restricted Access
Queer Newark Oral History Project
Includes video interviews, with transcripts, of LGBTQ indivuals associated with Newark, as well as a rich collection of resources including a Queer Newark Bibliography and a History of Queer Club Spaces in Newark.
At Home in Newark: Stories From the Queer Newark Oral History Project
Audio files (along with transcripts) from an exhibit (2017-2018) curated by students in Dr. Mary Rizzo's American Studies and History class, "Place, Community and Public Humanities" at Rutgers University-Newark.
At Home in Newark: Stories From the Queer Newark Oral History Project
Leo Valdez. New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal6(1), January 2020
Review of the November 2019 exhibit at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
Queering Political Economy in Neoliberal Ironbound Newark: Subjectivity and Spacemaking among Brazilian Queer Immigrant Men
Yamil Avivi. Dialogo 18(2), 2015, pp. 105-118.
"This ethnographic account employs textual and spatial-temporal analysis to generate an alternative narrative of gay/queer life and groupings in the Ironbound."
Betina Botox and Lobixomen "Tao Engranados!" Queer Brazilian Televisual Representations Shaping Spatial (Im)possibilities in Newark
Yamil Avivi Garcia. Bilingual Review 33(4), January 2017, pp. 45-59.
"This ethnographic essay examines the ways two “tão engraçados” [very humorous] televisual Brazilian queer representations—those of Betina Botox (a questionably-middle-class gay male from Sāo Paulo) and Lobixomen (a heterosexual man who turns into a wolf in drag under a full moon)—impacted queer Brazilian informants who lived in the Ironbound..." Rutgers-restricted Access
When the Heart Keeps on Beating: Hybridity and Otherness in paulA neves' Poetry
Reinaldo Silva. Interdisciplinary Journal of Portuguese Diaspora Studies 8, 2019, pp. 75-101
"This new voice from the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey heralds a promising first generation of Portuguese American writers whose parents first set foot there in the late 1960s and afterwards. While tapping from her own upbringing in this industrial setting, neves discusses her unique Portuguese American ethnic background from a gendered and lesbian points of view." Rutgers-restricted Access

Newark People

Louis V. Aronson

Louis V. Aronson, From Matches to Lighters...
Inventor of the Ronsons lighters and founder of the Art Metal Works.
Newark Inventor Who Set the World on Fire
Robert Wiener. New Jersey Jewish News. April 22, 2015.
The Story of a Life: A Tribute to Louis V. Aronson.
Arthur Oliver. Newark, N.J., Colyer Printing Co., 1929. Available?
Ronson, the World's Greatest Lighter: Wick Lighters, 1913-1966
Urban K. Cummings. Palo Alto, CA., Bird Dog Books, 1992. Available?

Louis Bamberger

Louis Bamberger: Department Store Innovator and Philanthropist
Linda B. Forgosh. Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life. Waltham, Mass., Brandeis University Press, 2016. Available?
"Louis Bamberger"
William Starr Myers. IN Prominent Families of New Jersey. Baltimore, Clearfield Company, 2000, Vol. 1. pp.46-47.
Reprint of the 1945 edition. Available?
Louis Bamberger: A Record of His Benefactions to His Community and HIs Country
Newark, N.J., The Newark Museum, 1934.
"Published on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the incorporation of the Newark Museum." Available?
Louis Bamberger, Honorary President of the Newark Museum: A Tribute to His Memory by His Fellow Trustees.
Newark, N.J., Newark Museum Association, 1944. Available?

James Miller Baxter

James Miller Baxter, Newark Principal.
Wilson Moorman. Thesis (M.A.), Newark State College, 1961.
James Miller Baxter (1845-1909), the first African-American school administrator in the Newark school system, served as the principal of the Colored School of Newark between 1869 and 1873. Available?
James M. Baxter, Jr. (1845-1909)
Part of an online exhibit about Philadelphia's Institute for Colored Youth from which Baxter graduated in 1864.
"Colored Instructor Dead: J.M. Baxter Was Dean of Newark School Principals
New York Times, December 29, 1909.

Stephen Congar

Stephen Congar and the Establishment of the Newark Public School System
Donald Raichle. Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries 38(2), 1976, 57-84.
Dr. Stephen Congar was superintendent of the Newark school system from 1853 to 1859. Available?

Jack Cudjo

Jack Cudjo: Newark's Revolutionary Soldier and First Black Businessman
Kofi Ayim. New Jersey, Reedbuck, Inc., 2011. Available?

John Cotton Dana

"The Librarian as Secular Minister to Democracy: The Life and Ideas of John Cotton Dana"
Kevin Mattson. Libraries and Culture 35(4), 2000, 514-534.
The work and ideas of John Cotton Dana within the context of the Progressive Era.
John Cotton Dana: A Life
Frank Kingdon. Newark, The Public Library and Museum, 1940. Available?
John Cotton Dana
Frank Kingdon. An address given over station WOR on John Cotton Dana Day, October 6, 1935. Newark Public Library, 1935. Available?
John Cotton Dana, A Sketch
Chalmers Hadley. American Library Pioneers 5. Chicago, American Library Association, 1943. Available?
The History of a Hoax: Edmund Lester Pearson, John Cotton Dana, and The Old Librarian's Almanack
Wayne A. Wiegand. Pittsburgh, Beta Phi Mu, 1979. Available?
John Cotton Dana, 1856-1929
Beatrice Winser, compiler. Newark, N.J., 1930.
Tribute published upon his death. In addition to a biography, includes text of the service, excerpts from letters received, resolutions, and excerpts from the press. Available?

See also the section on John Cotton Dana and the Newark Museum

Frederick Frelinghuysen [1848-1925]

Frederick Frelinghuysen, a Biographical Sketch: An Address Delivered January 26, 1924
William R. Ward. Newark, N.J., Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company, 1924.
A prominent Newark businessman, Frelinghuysen served as president of the Howard Savings Institution, and the Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company. Available?

Frederick T. Frelinghuysen [1817-1885]

The Life, Character & Services of Frederick T. Frelinghuysen
John F. Hageman. Newark, N.J., Advertiser Printing House, 1886.
The Newark City Attorney, Frelinghuysen became a U.S. Senator and the Secretary of State under Chester A. Arthur. Available?
Frederick Theodore Frelinghuysen, 1817-1885: The Politics and Diplomacy of Stewardship Rutgers-restricted access
John Williams Rollins. Thesis (Ph.D.), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1974. Available?

Edgar Holden

Edgar Holden, M.D., of Newark, New Jersey: Provincial Physician on a National Stage
Sandra W. Moss. Xlibris, 2014. Available?
Dr. Edgar Holden [Obituary]
Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society 1, ns, 1916, pp. 106-107. [Transcribed].

Sharpe James

Political Prisoner: You can be Indicted, Arrested, Convicted and Sent to Prison Without Committing a Crime: A Memoir
Sharpe James. Newark, N.J., Nutany Pub. Co, 2013. Available?
The Paradox of African-American Mayoral Leadership and the Persistence of Poverty in the African-American Community. Rutgers-restricted access
Kirk Edward Harris. Thesis (Ph.D), Cornell University, 1992.
Utilizes three detailed case studies of three black mayors: Kurt Schmoke of Baltimore; W. Wilson Goode of Philadelphia; and Sharpe James of Newark. Available?
Sharpe James
"News about Sharpe James, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.

Frank Kingdon

Frank Kingdon Collection
Archival collection at the Newark Public Library. Dr. Frank Kingdon was a Methodist minister, radio commentator, and President of Dana College (1934-1936) and then President of the University of Newark (1936-1940).
Jacob's Ladder: The Days of My Youth
Frank Kingdon. New York, I.B.Fischer, 1943. Available?

Gottfried Krueger

Gottfried Krueger: Epitome of a German-American Brewer

Effa Manley

"African American Stories: The Newark Eagles,"
Jersey Journeys 2000, no. 4 (February 2000).
The Newark Eagles, the outstanding Negro Leagues baseball team, played in Newark from 1937 to 1948. Profile of owner Effa Manley and players Monte Irvin and Larry Doby.
Queen of the Negro Leagues : Effa Manley and the Newark Eagles.
James Overmyer. Lanham, MD., Scarecrow Press, 1998. Available?
She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story.
Audrey Vernick. New York, HarperCollins, 2010. Available?
The Most Famous Woman in Baseball: Effa Manley and the Negro Leagues.
Bob Luke. Washington, D.C., Potomac Books, 2011. Available?

Mary Philbrook

"Mary Philbrook: The Professional Woman and Equal Rights"
Barbara Petrick in Women in New Jersey History, edited by Mary R. Murrin. Trenton, NJ, New Jersey Historical Commission, 1985. Available?
Mary Philbrook: The Radical Feminist in New Jersey
Barbara Petrick. Trenton, N.J., New Jersey Historical Commission, 1981. Available?

Clement Alexander Price

Clement Alexander Price, 1945-2014
Photos, tributes, news stories, and videos commemorating Clement A Price, Rutgers Newark historian and the official historian of the City of Newark.

Joachim Prinz

Joachim Prinz, Rebellious Rabbi: An Autobiography: The German and Early American Years
. Michael A. Meyer, Editor. Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 2008.
Prinz' 1963 March on Washington Speech
. Transcript and Audio File.


Beatrice Winser

Beatrice Winser: Librarian, Museum Director, and Advocate for Women's Equality
Timothy Crist. New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 6(1), 2020, 21-34.

Abner Zwillman

Gangster #2: Longy Zwillman, the Man Who Invented Organized Crime.
Mark A. Stuart. Secaucus, NJ, Lyle Stuart, 1985. Available?
FBI Records: Abner Zwillman
7 volumes of digitized documents (newspaper articles, reports, memoranda) spanning the 1930s to the 1950s.
Abner 'Longy' Zwillman-Kefauver Hearings
Short video clip of Zwillman during the Kefauver Crime Committee hearing.
Investigation of Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce
Hearings before a Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, United States Senate, Eighty-first Congress, 2nd Session. 1950.
Zwillman testimony before the Kefauver Committee, pp. 588-628.

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