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