Local History

Maplewood Library is proud to present its new Digital Archive of local history materials. The archive contains issues of our local weekly newspaper, The News Record of Maplewood and South Orange, from 1915 to the present. The newspapers may be searched within the library buildings. The archive also contains the Maplewood Real Estate File, with historic photos and sales records of Maplewood homes. The real estate files are available to all on the Internet.

The Maplewood Memorial Library Digital Archive was made possible by a grant from the Maplewood Open Space Trust Fund for Historic Preservation, and a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

Click here for Maplewood Library’s Digital Archive

Main Library maintains a variety of historical resources. The Maplewood File is an extensive collection of printed material dating back to the 1800s and includes newspaper clippings, brochures, etc. There are real estate maps from the early years of the 20th century, and local city directories from 1888-1970. Real estate files from the mid-20th century provide historical information about local homes. See the Reference Librarian to access these and other resources. The Hilton Branch houses an additional Maplewood archive, the Robert H. Grasmere Local History Center, overseen by the Durand Hedden House and Garden Association.  Collections, which include documents, photos, maps and two-dimensional memorabilia, may be viewed by the public by appointment.  Please call 973-763-7712.