Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center

The Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center (New Jersey Room) is a research-level collection of materials relating to New Jersey, Essex County and Newark. It includes both historical and current information in these formats: books, newspapers, documents, pictures and archives. Most of our collections have not been digitized, however, selections from dozens of collections are available below.

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African American Newark Newspapers
This collection consists of issues of African-American newspapers published in Newark. Titles include the Newark Herald, Advance, Herald Advance and New Jersey Herald News.
Alexander Mark Collection
This collection contains items from the collection Alexander Mark and his time with the Mayor's Commision on Human Relations in Newark. Raised in Newark, Mark served on the Commission in the 1950s and 1960s,
Barbara J. Kukla Papers
Barbara J. Kukla is a Newark writer. This digital collection contains a selection of items from her collection at the Newark Library (the Barbara J, Kukla Papers).
Berg Picture Collection
The Berg Picture Collection contains more than 2700 photographs, mostly Newark street scenes, taken by Samuel Berg, MD between 1959 and 1968.
Bill May Photograph Collection
A collection of photographs of Newark Public schools and students by photographer Bill May from the 1970s-1990s.
Business and Industrial Coordinating Council (BICC) Collection
This collection contains various reports, minutes and other material on the Business and Industrial Coordinating Council (BICC) which worked to address inequality in job opportunities.
City News
City News was a newspaper based in Newark, focused on the African American experience. Digitized issues span 1990-2002.
D. J. Henderson Papers
This collection contains a selection of items from the papers of African American engineer and active Newark resident Dorland J. Henderson.
Daniel Sutherland Anthony Papers
This collection includes a selection of material from the Daniel Sutherland Anthony Papers. Born in Pennsylvania, Anthony worked for the Newark Human Rights Commission from 1953-1963.
Douglas Eldridge Collection
This collection consists of selected materials from the Doug Eldridge Collection, mostly items related to the United Community Corporation and Eldridge's work in the community.
Essex County Urban League Documents
This collection consists of material on the Essex County Urban League (previously Negro Welfare League).
Family Service Bureau of Newark Collection
This collection consists of selected items from the Family Service Bureau of Newark Collection. The Family Service Bureau of Newark, originally called the Bureau of Associated Charities has served the Newark area since 1882. FSBN provides behavioral and mental health services to families struggling with all types of problems.
Greater Newark (N.J.) Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Tenants Coalition Collection
HUD Tenants Coalition has advocated for the rights of tenants since 1987.
Gus Heningburg Collection
Born in Alabama, Gus Heningburg came to Newark as the President of the Greater Newark Urban Coalition in 1968. From that time, he was heavily involved in all kinds of activism in Newark especially housing; he arbitrated the Stella Homes Rent Strike. He was also active in the area of education.
Harold A. Lett Papers
Born in Alabama, Gus Heningburg came to Newark as the President of the Greater Newark Urban Coalition in 1968. From that time, he was heavily involved in all kinds of activism in Newark especially housing; he arbitrated the Stella Homes Rent Strike. He was also active in the area of education.
Hughes Allison Collection
This is a selection of items from the Hughes Allison Collection. Hughes Allison was born in North Carolina and moved to Newark with his family during the Great Migration. He was a playwright; his most famous play The Trial of Doctor Beck ran on Broadway.
Information: a paper for the people of Newark
Information / Informacion was a newspaper published by the City of Newark in English and Spanish.
Ironbound Community Corporation Collection
The Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1969 that has provided services for families, seniors, and students, and has done organizing work on issues like housing, environmental justice, education, and health since the 1970s. In 2016, ICC sponsored an Ironbound History Day.
Krueger-Scott Mansion Cultural Center African-American Oral History Project Transcripts
This collection consists of digital transcripts of interviews with African-American residents of Newark. Interviews discuss experiences migrating to Newark and living in Newark in the early-mid 20th century.
Mayor Kenneth A. Gibson Collections
This collection consists of digital transcripts of interviews with African-American residents of Newark. Interviews discuss experiences migrating to Newark and living in Newark in the early-mid 20th century.