Manuscript Group 1645, Guide to the Edgar P. Deuell Papers 1906-2003


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

Container List

Deuell Papers

Guide to the Edgar P. Deuell Papers
MG 1645
The New Jersey Historical Society
52 Park Place
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Contact: NJHS Library
Phone: (973) 596-8500 x249
© 2006 All rights reserved.
The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Processed by Evan Panayi, May 2006.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. June 2006. 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: Deuell, Edgar P.
Title: Edgar P. Deuell Papers
Dates: 1906-1970?
Abstract: This collection contains various materials on the childhood and political career of Edgar P. Deuell, former mayor of Hackensack, NJ, including report cards, newspaper clippings, flyers, and correspondence.
Quantity: .33 linear feet
Collection Number: MG 1645

Biographical Note

Edgar Partridge Deuell was born on July 9, 1905 in Montreal, Canada. He received a degree in economics from Brown University in 1928 and spent the majority of his life in Hackensack, NJ. He was employed as a statistician at The American Telephone and Telegraph Company for 30 years. He was married to Helen Trenchard and together they had one daughter, Helen. Around 1950, he and some other citizens of Hackensack formed the Good Government League. This political organization, lead by Deuell, sought to clean up the Hackensack political scene, which was being manipulated by the mafia. In 1953, Deuell and the the Good Government League supported a number of political candidates who were elected into office. A year later, Deuell was elected mayor of Hackensack, but his tenure was short lived. In July 1959, citizens became angry at their tax increase and in October of that year, Deuell and his constituents were voted out of office in a recall election. After his failure as mayor, Deuell was appointed commissioner of the Bergen County Sewer Authority. In later years, he ran unsuccessfully for freeholder in the area. He retired in 1968 and moved to Florida. He passed away in 1995, survived by a daughter, Helen Deuell Carter.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains various materials on the childhood and political career of Edgar P. Deuell, former mayor of Hackensack. There are various materials from his early life, such as report cards and play programs. The rest of the documents have to do with his service to the town of Hackensack. There are numerous newspaper clippings that document Deuell’s time as mayor from the local newspapers. Many are relevant to the actions of Deuell as mayor. There is also a lot of information about the 1959 and 1963 recalls in which Deuell was voted out as the town mayor. There are various campaign flyers, letters and clippings about the actions of the Good Government League and its attempts to keep Deuell and his constituents in power. There are also a number of official town documents, ordinances and correspondence. These are from Deuell’s time as mayor and deal with various happenings within the town of Hackensack.

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

This collection contains many fragile documents, please handle with care.

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.

Subject Names:

Deuell, Edgar P., 1906-1995.

Subject Organizations:

AT & T
Bergen County Sewer Authority (Bergen County, N.J.)
Good Government League (Hackensack, NJ)

Subject Topics:

Elections–New Jersey–Hackensack.
Mayors–New Jersey–Hackensack.
Municipal government–Records and correspondence
Politicians–New Jersey–Hackensack.
Recall–New Jersey–Hackensack.

Subject Places:

Hackensack (N.J.)

Document Types:

Letters (Correspondence)
Municipal government records.

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Related Material

General Ordinances of the City of Hackensack N.J.: Revision and Codification of 1959. Hackensack, NJ: Walsh Printing Company, 1959. (see card catalog)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1645, Edgar P. Deuell Papers, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Gift of David Carter, 2003.

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Brown Alumni Magazine “Obituaries, October 1995 : Edgar Partridge Deuell” 06 June 2006.

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Container List

Deuell Papers
Box Folder Title Date
1 1 “Against Recall”- Newspaper clippings, Supreme Court of NJ Documents 1954-1970
1 2 “Against Recall”- Correspondence 1957-1959
1 3 “Against Recall- Campaign Material 1958-1963
1 4 Town Records and Correspondence 1953-1954
1 5 Town Records and Correspondence 1955-1956
1 6 Town Records and Correspondence 1954 1955
1 7 Official Town Documents and Correspondence 1957
1 8 Official Town Documents and Correspondences 1957-1958
1 9 Official Town Documents and Correspondence 1957-1958
1 10 Edgar P. Deuell- Miscellaneous 1909-1995
1 11 Edgar P. Deuell- Miscellaneous Childhood & School Items (2/2) 1905-1956
Box Folder Title Date
2 1 Newspaper Clippings (1/3) 1957
2 2 Newspaper Clippings (2/3) 1957
2 3 Newspaper Clippings (3/3) 1957
2 4 Other Newspaper Clippings 1953
2 5 Other Newspaper Clippings 1953
2 6 Other Newspaper Clippings 1953
2 7 Other Newspaper Clippings 1954
2 8 Miscellaneous Material- Newspaper Clippings, Edgar P. Deuell information 1953-1959

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