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.

Photo: Montclair Public Library Local History Collection

Photo: Montclair Public Library Local History Collection

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.

 

Credit: Jack Spear Photography, LLC  

Credit: Jack Spear Photography, LLC

 

History News Article on the YWCA

Read the story about how the Montclair History Center worked to include the YWCA story into the interpretation of the Crane House.

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., 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.

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

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.

 

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Library of Congress will be uploading thousands of Sanborn monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000..

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Library of Congress will be uploading thousands of Sanborn monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000..

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.

 

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.

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.

New Secretary of the Interior Guidelines (2017)

Some changes to the older one to reflect new building styles and materials. Planning a project? Check them out.