The Berg Picture Collection contains more than 2700 photographs, mostly Newark street scenes, taken by Samuel Berg, MD between 1960 and 1968. The bulk of the collection consists ofof black and white, 4" x 3" prints.
Most of the photographs are street scenes of residential, commercial, and industrial sites in all sections of Newark. …
Newark School Photographs, originally a Newark Board of Education collection, consists of four drawers of small-format photographs. Most are 3" x 5" black and white prints. The photographs date from the 1940s to 1960s, with many during World War II.
The photographs include images of schools, interior and exterior, and include classrooms …
These are photos contributed by the community. You can contribute a photo by coming to one of our Community History Days and bringing a photo. At the events we will have scanners to scan your photo and you will be able to keep your original! Afterwards, you'll be able to see your photo here.
If you can't come to our community …
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. These newspapers brought news of the African American community in Newark to surrounding areas from the 1930s to the 1960s.
This rare collection provides a …
This collection consists of 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. Over 100 interviews were conducted in the mid-1990s as part of the Krueger Scott Oral History Project supervised by Catherine Lenix-Hooker.
This online collection contains a selection of photographs, newspapers, and other documents from the collections of the Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center and the New Jersey Hispanic Research Information Center at The Newark Public Library.
This collection continues to grow, so check back soon!
To contribute historic photos or other materials to our digital collection, please email the project manager.
If you you are interested in arranging a visit to your classroom, or any other literacy actitivity or programming, please email our education outreach specialist.
This project was made possible by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The statements made and views expressed are solely the responsibility of the author.
All images from The Newark Public Library collection are copyright © protected and may not be reproduced in any way without permission from The Newark Public Library. Commercial use of images is subject to service fees. We require that all images be credited to The Newark Public Library.
Images are available for download in small size / low resolution. Click here for information about obtaining high resolution tiff files.
The library would like to extend its thanks to Mary Rizzo, Ana Robles, and Rutgers University who assisted in scanning and metadata for the Samuel Berg collection, through a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission called "Newark's Built Environment During Urban Renewal: Digitizing the Berg Photos."
The library would also like to thank Peter Blackmer, of the University of Massachusetts and "Rise up North Newark", who assisted in metadata and scanning of some African-American content.
The library expresses thanks to Jose DaSilva and the archives of the City of Newark who donated digitized maps for web display.