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.
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
Helen Fallon has put together a wealth of information about the development of trains — and train stations — in Montclair.
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.
Local History Archive & Research Area
Collections related to Montclair residents including the Nathan Russell Photo Collection, Glen Ridge High School Yearbooks, Tax and Essex County Map, local history subject files, and more.
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 e-Maps of Bloomfield
The Historical Society of Bloomfield now has selections of the 1906 Essex County Plate maps available for online research.
The Library of Congress’s Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Online Checklist provides a searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company housed in the collections of the Geography and Map Division.
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 from our June 2016 exhibition. Searchable in the New Jersey Digital Highway's database by name, date, pattern, more.
article on Dudley van antwerp
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.
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.