Manuscript Group 1059, Daughters of the American Revolution, Nova Caesarea Chapter, Newark, NJ Records, 1891 – 1962
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Manuscript Group 1059, Daughters of the American Revolution, Nova Caesarea Chapter, Newark, NJ
Records, 1891 – 1962, 6 linear feet
Call Number: MG 1059
Constitution and by-laws; regent’s books; minutes of meetings, including those of the Committee on Genealogical Research of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Gift of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Nova Caesarea Chapter.
The Nova Caesarea Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was organized on April 15, 1891, several months after the organization of the national society. The name “Nova Caesaria” refers to the supposed original name of the island of Jersey near the coast of England and the colony named after it. The chapter was the second DAR organization in the nation, and the first in New Jersey.
Like the national DAR, the Nova Caesarea chapter had the following goals: the acquisition and protection of historical landmarks, the construction of monuments, the encouragement of historical research in relation to the American Revolution, the preservation of documents, and the celebration of patriotic anniversaries. The society also sought to disseminate historical knowledge, promote the general enlightenment of the public, support the institutions of American freedom, and foster patriotism.
Initially there were only 15 members of the DAR Nova Caesarea Chapter, for membership in the society was open only to lineal descendants of Revolutionary participants. Even so, the number of members grew quite rapidly and by the end of 1892, membership exceeded 100. In 1894, Newark was selected as the societys meeting place.
The Nova Caesarea Chapter became a “parent chapter” in New Jersey as members proceeded to form additional chapters in others parts of the state.