News from the New Jersey Caucus: North Jersey History and Genealogy Center Winter 2015 Announcements

Daily Record Microfilm Preservation Project
The North Jersey History and Genealogy Center has completed a six-month project to preserve its frequently used microfilm collection of the Morristown Daily Record, which was beginning to exhibit signs of vinegar syndrome. Thanks to the generous support of the New Jersey Historical Commission, the Library transferred the susceptible reels onto archival-grade polyester film, with backup copies made for offsite storage. History Center staff performed quality control checks on each of the 374 reels of the newspaper that documents Morris County life from 1900 to 1974, and the Daily Record is again available to researchers.
Kathryn B. Jackson Acquisition
The papers of beloved children’s author, Kathryn B. Jackson were recently acquired by the Library. Kathryn and her husband Byron wrote scores of books for Simon and Schuster’s Golden Book series, including the Saggy Baggy Elephant and the Tawny Scrawny Lion – both of which appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Following Byron’s death in 1949, Kathryn continued writing children’s books until 1955 when she rose to the position of Senior Editor for Silver Burdett Textbook Company and eventually moved to Scholastic Magazine in 1960. The papers reflect both her professional and personal life from the 1930s through 1984, and include family photographs and documents dating back to 1901. The Kathryn B. Jackson Papers were processed by Archivist, Jeffrey V. Moy, and are currently available to researchers.
Silas Ogden Journal Acquisition
Silas Ogden’s journal starts on December 11, 1812 with an entry noting the end of his nine-year apprenticeship to Silas Mills as a tanner; during his training Silas would only see his parents once and Mr. Mills eventually regarded him as a member of his extended family. Nevertheless, Ogden managed to remain close with his parents and eleven siblings who he immediately set out to visit and assist with a number of business propositions. The journal recounts Ogden’s military training  (during the War of 1812 he was a Fife Major in the First Regiment of the Morris Brigade), social engagements with several Morristown families, travels across the state on horseback and by foot, and other aspects of day to day life in early 1800s America. The Silas Ogden Journal was recently cataloged and is available to researchers in the reading room.

Morris Township Exhibit
In celebration of Morris Township’s 275th anniversary, the Morristown and Morris Township Library will host a special exhibition opening this March. Utilizing rare photographs and documents from the Library’s collections, the exhibit will spotlight the Township’s pre-colonial roots and Revolutionary War heritage, growth from an agrarian to high tech economy, as well as its many Gilded Age estates, its natural resources, local government, and a section devoted to little-known facts. Organized by the staff of the History and Genealogy Center, the exhibit is scheduled to open in mid-March and will run through August. 
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