Archives & Special Collections

  at Free Public Library & Cultural Center





By-laws of Clubs
Hot topics
Military History
Newspaper Clippings
Oral History
Rare Books
WWII Posters

 How to Find Information in the Archives


These Multi-volume sets include almost all the important topics related to Bayonne.  Each volume has an index in front.  Arranged by subject. 


Sources – Hot Topics, photographs, Bayonne Landmarks by Bayonne Historical Society; and five volumes on Bayonne buildings brought out by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Historic Preservation Office. 


BooksBayonne Centennial Historical Revue by Dr. Walter Robinson, Bayonne Old & New by Gladys Sinclair, First History of Bayonne by Royden Whitcomb, History of Hudson County and of the Old Village of Bergen, Old Bergen Township in the American Revolution by Dr. Walter Robinson., From Township to City, Papers about the Founding of the Municipality of Bayonne by Carmela Karnoutsos, History of the Municipalities of Hudson County, New Jersey, 1620-1923 by Daniel Van Winkle, History of Essex & Hudson Counties, New Jersey by William H Shaw.

In addition to these, there are three bound volumes (two blue and one red), a collection of newspaper clippings and photocopies from various sources about Bayonne.  Almost everything related to Bayonne could be found in these three volumes.  These books should be referred first. 

Hot Topic should be consulted.  There are two volumes from Hot Topic Series dedicated to Bayonne History.

Master Plan is an important source for current overview of Bayonne.  The latest edition is May 2000.  It covers local road network, mass transit, economic overview, major employers, housing trend, schools, library facilities, Police and Fire Departments; Parks and Recreation facilities, and other information. 


    Bayonne was once known as the city of churches.  Books on Bayonne churches are on open shelves.  Brochures, Pamphlets are in Box BA #44.  Hot Topic has one volume on churches, titled “Houses of Worship”.  Boxes BA 6 & 7 have photographs of churches and religious leaders.

 5.   WWI & WWII:

    The multi-volume binders on veterans are a collection of newspaper clippings.  These are also available on microfilm.  Check the indexes for a name and then refer to page number in microfilm.  Each microfilm box is numbered according to pages referred in the index.  I urge learners to practice this a few times to see how it works.

      6.   PHOTOGRAPHS:

     Our library has a large collection of photographs of people from all walks of life, buildings, events, churches, industries, and almost on anything.  The easiest way to find any photo is to check the “The Finding Aid” binder.  Finding aid is arranged by subject, box number and then with a complete list of each picture in a box.  The photos are in mylar envelopes, and should not be taken out from them.  Try to avoid touching the photos. 

7.    MAPS:

     We have an excellent collection of Bayonne maps.  They are in map filing cabinet, large maps are spread on the table, most of them are encapsuled to prevent any further deterioration.  These maps should be handled with utmost care and gloves should be worn before handling these maps.  The oldest map is dated 1859.  This is an original Map of Bayonne. Plat map of Bayonne 1919 – shows names of most public and ecclesiastical structures, and industrial plants.  These maps are in a very fragile and brittle condition.

History of Land Titles: Hudson County by Winfield.  The books are in a brown box with a complete title.  These books are in poor condition. 

There are several maps, in the small room in storage on the 2nd floor.  These are mainly assessments maps of Bayonne streets concerning upgrading, improvement, opening, etc.  These maps are historically important, but not required for everyday questions.  This is the first phase to know the archives.  Constant browsing is required to learn these well.  After having a good grasp of this, we can go to 2nd Phase, which is more in depth research.  


Sources – Hot Topic and the multi-volume set on Bayonne People.