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The Newark Experience: The Ironbound

The Ironbound District


Environmental Issues

Ironbound Voices
Newsletter of the Ironbound Community Corporation of Newark. 1978-2001.
Ironbound Environmental Justice History and Resource Center
A project of the Ironbound Community Corporation of Newark, the IEJHRC is housed at the Van Buren Branch of the Newark Public Library (140 Van Buren Street) and is open to the public.
Garbage Governmentalities and Environmental Justice in New Jersey
Raysa Martinez Kruger. (Ph.D. Thesis) Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 2017. "Using the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark and Essex County as a case study area, this dissertation examines how conditions of environmental injustice in the Ironbound are produced and perpetuated by the collective enactment of our governmental approaches to the problem of increasing garbage production in New Jersey since the 1870s. The garbage flow control policy New Jersey implemented in the 1970s is a focus point in this analysis, but this dissertation contextualizes the incinerator location strategy within the history and geography of garbage governmental management in the state."

The Ironbound

The Ironbound: An Illustrated History of Newark's Down Neck
Edward A. Jardim. Frenchtown, New Jersey, Stone Creek Publications, 2016.
Heavily illustrated. Available?
The Changing Geography of Italian Immigrants in the United States: A Case Study of the Ironbound Colony, Newark, New Jersey.
William J.E. Bolen. Thesis (Ph.D), Rutgers University, 1986.
The impact of Italian immigrants on transforming the cultural landscape, and a detalied analysis of the Italian Ironbound colony in Newark at the turn of the 20th century. Available?
Ironbound: Newark, New Jersey, An Urban Portrait
Donald P. Lokuta. 1980.
Photographs. Available?
A History of the Ironbound Children's Center
Paul Schrodt. Newark: Learning Development Center in Newark, Inc., 1973.
"The Ironbound District" : A Study of a District in Newark, N. J.
Willard D. Price for the Neighborhood House, Newark, 1912?

Oral Histories

Ironbound History Day: March 17, 2016
Interviews conducted by East Side High School students.

Day Laborers

Ironbound Underground: Wage Theft & Workplace Violations Among Day Laborers in Newark's East Ward
Nicholas Norcia and Rafael Perez Jr. Newark, N.J., Seton Hall University School of Law. Immigrant Workers' Rights Clinic. July 2010.
Issues faced by day laborers that congregate daily in the Ironbound section of Newark to look for work.


Stirring the Melting Pot: Food and the Performance of Inclusion in Newark's Ironbound Neighborhood Rutgers-restricted access
Lori Danielle Barcliff Baptista. Thesis (Ph.D.), Northwestern University, 2009. Available?
"Peixe, Patria e Possibilidades Portuguesas: "Fish, Homeland, and Portuguese Possibilities,"
Lori Danielle Barcliff Baptista. Text and Performance Quarterly 29(1), 2009, pp.60-76.
"This essay explores the relationship between food and identity performances within a segment of a Portuguese transnational community with social, economic, and political ties to both the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, and many of the rural villages of Portugal. I examine how some Portuguese-Americans in Newark's Ironbound use bacalhau (salt cod) to perform their identities." Rutgers-restricted Access

Ironbound Neighborhood House

Newark Neighborhood House
One page report, circa 1903. The Neighborhood House was opened by the Newark Social Settlement Association in 1905. "The 'Ironbound District' has been chosen for the first settlement partly because of its cosmopolitan nature and partly because it is the heart of the great factory district."
Newark Settlement House, c.1903.

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