research aids

primary source use


local history guides

  • Local Businesses: Exploring their History by K. Austin Kerr, Amos J. Loveday, and Mansel G. Blackford, AASLH (1990). WPU
  • Houses and Homes: Exploring their History by Barbara J. Howe, Dolores A. Fleming, Emory L. Kemp, and Ruth Ann Overbeck, AASLH (1987). WPU
  • Local Schools: Exploring their History by Ronald E. Butchart, AASLH (1986). WPU
  • Places of Worship: Exploring their History by James P. Wind, AASLH (1990). WPU
  • Invisible Networks: Exploring the History of Local Utilities and Public Works by Ann Durkin Keating (1994) GBooks
  • American Farms: Exploring their History by R. Douglas Hurt (1996)
  • Unlocking City Hall: Exploring the History of Local Government and Politics by Michael W. Homel (2001) WPU
  • Getting Around: Exploring Transportation History by H. Roger Grant (2003)
  • Joining In: Exploring the History of Voluntary Organizations by Karen J. Blair (2006)
  • Public Places: Exploring their History by Gerald Danzer (1987) WPU

getting access to additional databases

  • The New York Public Library has a wide range of databases accessible at its 42nd street research branch. They also have a wide range of specialized collections that may contain materials on New Jersey history.
  • The Wyckoff Public Library (200 Woodland Ave. Wyckoff, New Jersey 07481) has access to the databases.

dating photographs


There are a lot of tactics to help you date your undated photographs. Ask questions, like:

  1. What type of photograph is it?
  2. Who took it?
  3. Can you date any of the fashions, items, or architecture depicted?

Resources to consult:

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