Guide to the New Jersey Lawyer Diary 1925-1974 MG 1595


Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Administrative Information

Container List

Diary, Will, and Photograph

Guide to the New Jersey Lawyer Diary
MG 1595
The New Jersey Historical Society
52 Park Place
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Contact: NJHS Library
Phone: (973) 596-8500 x249
© 2004 All rights reserved.
The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Rebecca J. Haupt.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. October 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: New Jersey lawyer
Title: New Jersey Lawyer Diary
Dates 1925-1974
Abstract: Consists of a diary written by an unidentified lawyer spanning the years 1929 to 1974.
Quantity: 0.07 linear feet (1 volume)
Collection Number: MG 1595

Biographical Note

The authorship of this diary is unknown, however, newspaper clippings included within the volume feature the name of John H. Beekman, an attorney from Somerville, New Jersey.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a lawyer’s diary with entries beginning in June 1929 and ending in 1974. The diary is divided into two parts; the first part is a section for personal notes and records, while the second part is a printed bar directory.

The first part of the diary serves as an appointment book, and contains names and addresses of clients as well as account information. The addresses are located mostly in New York City and various New Jersey cities including Elizabeth, Bayonne, and North Plainfield. The diary also includes a payment balance for the years 1928-1931, and then again for the years 1968-1974. Following this is a balance for 1928-1929 that compares the money brought in by the lawyer with that paid out for the year. These balances list the names and dates of clients as well as the amount charged, and indicate whether or not the fee was paid. The diary also contains a number of newspaper clippings, the earliest dating from 1952. Two of the articles include tips for golfers, while the others report recent tournament results.

The second part of the diary serves as an informational guidebook outlining the common practice rules for the court system, and includes a section dedicated to the schedules and court hearings of each county within New Jersey.

The collection also contains a photograph of a courtroom with the American flag suspended behind the judge and a typed copy of the will of Helen B. Werblin, possibly a client of the lawyer.
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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Beekman, John H.
Werblin, Helen B.
Subject Topics:
Courts–New Jersey.
Lawyers–New Jersey.
Subject Places:
Bayonne (N.J.)
Elizabeth (N.J.)
North Plainfield (N.J.)
Document Types:
Subject Occupations

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1595, New Jersey Lawyer Diary, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Purchased by the New Jersey Historical Society from the Old Feed Mill Auctions in November 1997.

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Container List

Diary, Will, and Photograph

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 New Jersey Lawyer’s Diary and Bar Directory containing records and notes made by the lawyer and a printed directory that outlines the procedures and practice rules of the court system. Entries include payments and balances, names and addresses of clients, appointments, and newspaper clippings referring to John H. Beekman and local Raritan Valley golf tournaments. 1925, 1928 Nov.-1974 Jan., with gaps.
1 2 Will (typed copy) of Helen B Werblin. Providing the payment of one hundred dollars monthly to the sister of the deceased and dividing the remainder of the estate among her living children. The copy contains annotations; it remains unsigned and undated although the year is included. 1956
1 2 Photograph of courtroom image of a courtroom with three individuals, likely a judge, and two lawyers. Above the head of the judge is an American flag suspended. [ca. 1930-1950]

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