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Ruth, Esther, Marion and Richard Cleveland, ca. 1899
New Jersey State Archives has added a number of new imaged collections to its website. Five of them are of particular note considering how they portray aspects of New Jersey history.

To commemorate Black History Month, in February 2007 the Archives scanned and posted images of a collection of 57 original Hunterdon County slave manumissions (freedom papers). The manuscripts date from 1788-1836, and can be seen here:

Two imaged collections were posted relative to the famous Lindbergh kidnapping case and the sensational trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann. These additions were posted in March 2007 in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the kidnapping. The first collection includes images of State’s evidence used in the 1935 trial:

The second includes images of the contents of Hauptmann’s inmate file from Trenton State Prison:

On the brighter side of New Jersey history, the Archives also posted images from a small but fascinating collection of family papers, photographs and memorabilia relating to President Grover Cleveland. The 170th anniversary of his birth in Caldwell, New Jersey, was commemorated earlier this year. See the images here:

The State Archives has also created a new site featuring a rich collection of original governors’ oaths of office from 1790 to the present. Many of the manuscripts are, in fact, illuminated parchments. They are not only historical documents, but are a pleasure to view. Check out, for example, Woodrow Wilson's 1911 oath as chief executive, or Charles Edison's patriotic oath of 1941:

Most recently, the Archives unveiled the minutes of the World War II-period Governor’s War Cabinet. These proceedings document statewide civil defense activities in New Jersey during 1942-1944. They give us important insights into what was happening stateside during the international conflict.  Check it out here:

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