Archives and Library
Researching the history of your family, home, or town? Our archives may be the place to begin. At the Albert P. Terhune Archives and Library, you will discover: a collection of tax and county maps, old and new Montclair history books, vintage photos, phone directories dating to the late 1800s, school yearbooks, the New Jersey Archives collection, oral histories, extensive Crane family genealogy, scrapbooks and files on 20th century, African-American life in Montclair, ephemera from local history and Montclair organizations.
Visiting the Library
Schedule an appointment to use the research library during our office hours, Tuesday through Friday 8:30 AM AM – 4:30 PM. We ask that a $5 donation be made to the Montclair History Center to support our ongoing work of preserving Montclair history. Members may use the research library for free.
Browse the Archive Collections (Finding Aids)
The Montclair History Center now offers online finding aids that will guide those interested in our library’s holdings from home! The finding aids list available archival materials, books, maps, newspapers, and more. Don't see what you are looking for? Contact our staff and learn more about archive materials not listed in the finding aid.
If you are unable to visit the library, we will be happy to perform the research for you! Research requests include detective work in our archives, utilizing online resources (ancestry.com and familysearch.org), recommendations of other organizations to contact, a summary of findings, and any relevant paper or digital copies of materials found. Fees include $20 for the first hour of research, each additional hour is $20 for nonmembers, $10 for members. Download a research request form to get started.
Parts of the Montclair History Center's photographs, postcards, and map collections have been digitized. For more information on our digital collections, continue to check our website as we make more content available for online use. Looking for a specific image? Contact our staff to find out what we have available.
Thanks to a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, and a partnership with the Montclair Public Library, we’re pleased to be able to make city (and phone) directories from 1870 until 1997 available digitally. This collection also includes a directory from 1855-56, the Newark Directory from 1864-1865, and The Who’s Who in Colored America, 1941-1944. These are currently housed on the Montclair Public Library’s website.