Explore Montclair History
Fun odds and ends of things we've come across in the news and in our archives that are worth exploring.
Local and On-line Resources
LInks for local (Montclair and Essex County) and on-line resources you can use for research.
Historic Images Database
The Montclair Public Library's Historic Images database contains thousands of digitized photos that bring Montclair's history to life, like this one from 1939..
Interactive Map of Montclair
Find your home on this interactive map created by the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission.
Whittemore's History of Montclair
Written in 1894, this book provides a unique view of Montclair as it was transitioning into a suburban town. Available as an e-book.
Historic American Buildings Survey
Explore historic structures in Montclair and the U.S., many documenting the way they looked in the early 20th century. This links you to the "King Crane House" records.
Researching Your Home's History
Informative booklet by NJ Historic Preservation Office gives good advice on how to go about researching the history of your home.
Latecomers to Freedom
Good article on slavery in Essex County by Mike Farrelly and George Musser in Glen Ridge Historical Society's The Gaslamp.
Montclair's Historic Design Guidelines
The guidelines provide clear and uniform recommendations that preserve the essential character of historic resources throughout Montclair.
Historic Maps of Bloomfield
The Historical Society of Bloomfield now has selections of the 1906 Essex County Plate maps available for online research.
The 1965 Crane House Move
A 3-minute clip of 1965 footage, when the Crane House moved along Bloomfield Ave. to its new home on Orange Road.
Common Heritage: Uncommon Quilts
Images and information on the quilts photographed in our June 2016 exhibition. Searchable in the New Jersey Digital Highway's database by name, date, pattern, more.
All in the Family: Arts & Crafts, Dudley Van Antwerp & his Creative Relations
Majda Kallab Whitaker, scholar and curatorial consultant. Nineteenth Century: Magazine of the Victorian Society in America, Vol. 36, No. 1. Spring 2016. May not be reprinted without the permission of the magazine and author.