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.

History of Montclair (1894). Whittemore's book is a unique look of Montclair as it transitioned to a suburban town. Available now as an e-book.

All about Montclair’s Trains. MHC Trustee Helen Fallon has put together a wealth of information about the development of trains — and train stations — in Montclair.

Library of Congress: Historic American Building Survey

Library of Congress: Historic American Building Survey

Historic American Buildings Survey. Explore historic structures in Montclair and the U.S., as they looked in the early 20th century, including the “King Crane House.”

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.

 

Photo: Montclair Public Library Local History Collection

Photo: Montclair Public Library Local History Collection

Historic Images Database. Montclair Public Library’s has thousands of digitized photos that bring Montclair's history to life, like this one from 1939..

Photo: Mike Farrelly

Photo: Mike Farrelly

Latecomers to Freedom. Good article on slavery in Essex County by Mike Farrelly and George Musser in Glen Ridge Historical Society's The Gaslamp. 

Photo: Montclair Public Library Local History Collection

Photo: Montclair Public Library Local History Collection

Montclair's Historic Design Guidelines. Clear and uniform recommendations that preserve the essential character of historic resources throughout Montclair. 

Sanborn fire insurance maps. The Library of Congress’s Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Online Checklist provides a searchable database of the fire insurance maps.

Glen Ridge Library and Archives. Collections related to Montclair including the Nathan Russell Photo Collection, local history subject files, and more.

Interactive Map of Montclair. Find your home on this interactive map created by the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission.

195 Move of the Crane House on Bloomfield Avenue

195 Move of the Crane House on Bloomfield Avenue

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.

SOI’s Guidelines for historic buildings. Some changes to the older one to reflect new building styles and materials. Planning a project? Check them out.

Local Native American Research. Came across this interesting article from our friends at the Glen Ridge Historical Society.