This Week in Chester History…

The Observer-Tribune reported in 1960 that the Chester Borough ordinance to increase the salary of Council members passed. The annual stipend jumped from $50 to $400, with a $500 salary for the Mayor. Also, Mrs. Edward Thomas was named a special police officer at school crossings, and she would receive an hourly wage of $1.50.

Chester Library Unveils Nearly 400 Images of Historic Chester

Chester, N.J. – February 26, 2018 – Chester Library has added 392 digital images to the Wyckoff Family Collection Finding Aid, making it easy for researchers to locate online visual resources of historic Chester. The topics covered by the new images include Businesses, Churches, Chester Fire Company, Main Street, Railroads and Mining, Schools, and Side … Continue reading

Chester Library Releases Extensive Index for History Researchers

Chester Library announces its newest Local History resource, an exhaustive online index of Chester, New Jersey, A Scrapbook of History by Frances F. Greenidge. With more than 3,000 subject terms, the index lists all of the businesses, local residents, locations, and subjects named in the go-to reference book for Chester-area researchers. The index is available … Continue reading

Chester Library Delivers All Elected Officials at One Site

Chester Library now offers the only location for the complete list of Chester Borough and Township elected officials. Previously, information seekers paged through old record books at the Borough and Township offices or individual PDFs of council minutes on their web sites, or visited the Library to access Observer-Tribune newspapers from 1936 forward. The online … Continue reading

Call for Yearbooks

Chester Library seeks Roxbury and West Morris Central/West Morris Mendham High School yearbooks for its Local History reference collection. Specifically, the Library is collecting the following years: 1917-1971 for Roxbury, from 1979-1985 for West Morris Central, and from 1972 forward for West Morris Mendham High School yearbooks. Please contact Local History at LocalHistory@Chesterlib.org or by … Continue reading

Join the Local History Clippers

The Local History Department seeks volunteers to clip Chester-related articles from local newspapers collected by the Library. The Local History Clippers will each spend 1 to 3 hours clipping on Tuesdays or Wednesdays (between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.), or Thursday evenings (between 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.) on a regular, weekly schedule. Please contact Local … Continue reading

Chester Library Digitizes Cave Maps

Chester Library’s Maps Collection is available online at the New Jersey Digital Highway. The collection includes seven cave maps as well as the Chester Quadrangle topographic map. The maps can be viewed in three different formats, including jpeg, pdf, and djvu.