The State Archives is New Jersey's official research center for public records of enduring historical value. Considering that many vital records, land documents, probate records and military service papers were filed centrally by the Colony and State of New Jersey, the State Archives is a treasure trove for genealogists and historians.
The State Archives is also the official repository for microfilm of county clerks’ and surrogates’ records produced by the LDS Church and of film of local newspapers produced by the New Jersey Newspaper Project. Current holdings amount to over 37,000 cubic feet of paper records and over 32,000 reels of microfilm. Our records date from the founding of New Jersey as a British colony in 1664 up to the present.
Located at 225 West State Street in downtown Trenton, the State Archives provides assistance to thousands of researchers annually. The collections are open to the general public free of charge, although there are fees for photocopies and reprographic services. Certain collections can also be researched via mail reference services and/or through our online databases, catalog of holdings, and imaged collections sites.
Effective July 1, 2012, the records management, records storage, imaging and micrographic functions of the Division of Archives and Records Management have been transferred to the Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services in the Department of the Treasury. The New Jersey State Archives will remain in the Department of State.
Federal Writer's Project Photographs
This database indexes and displays nearly 4,000 images produced or collected by the Writer’s Project/Program for use as illustrations in their publications. read more
New Jersey National Guard Photos
This database indexes 1,039 photographs collected by the New Jersey National Guard, and range from the mid-19th century to the 1980s, with the majority taken before 1945.
Death Records 1878-1892
Archives adds entries to this database, indexing post-1878 death certificates, on a daily basis. We are currently working on records from the year 1892.
Public Records Recovery and Amnesty
By law, the State retains ownership of all records of its agencies and subdivisions regardless of the circumstances of custody, alienation or provenance and seeks mutually beneficial arrangements to ensure public ownership of public documents. read more
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