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NJHS receives $461,000 grant from Mellon Foundation


The New Jersey Historical Society is pleased to announce that it has received a $461,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a three-year project for collection inventory and to convert existing card catalog entries into an online public access catalog.

The Mellon Foundation makes grants in higher education, museums and art conservation, performing arts, population, conservation and the environment, and public affairs.

“This is a major step in the advancement of access to our extensive collection of New Jersey history,” said Chad Leinaweaver, Director for the Library. “Until now, users could only access our collection by physically thumbing through the card catalogs in the library’s reading room.”

The groundwork for this online catalog was laid in a series of studies assessing the condition and the experience of other state historical societies in making their collections more accessible.

One of three major collections for the study of New Jersey history, the library and archives collections chronicle New Jersey history from the colonial era to the present. The library houses 65,000 volumes of reference works, rare books, and periodicals, as well as an extensive collection of photographs, broadsides, manuscripts, pamphlets, maps, and printed ephemera. The manuscript collection includes a wide range of printed documents, including diaries, ledgers, family and personal papers, architectural drawings, church records, and other records and receipts.

Admission to the library is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 12 noon to 5 p.m.

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