Contact the NJ State Archives
Mailing Address:
NJ State Archives
P.O. Box 307
Trenton, NJ 08625-0307

Office Address:
225 West State Street - 2nd Floor
Trenton, NJ

Contact Information

Email: Feedback@sos.state.nj.us


Record Group: Morris Canal and Banking Company
Series: Photographs of the Canal [Henry B. Kümmel Collection], 1923-1937
Accession #: 1994.026
Series #:  PMORS037
Guide Date: 4/1994 (JK)
Volume: 0.5 c.f. [118 photographs]

Institutional History | Contents

Content Note

This series consists of 93 views of the Morris Canal taken during the period 1923-1937. The collection was compiled by Henry B. Kümmel, Director of the New Jersey Department of Conservation and Development and State Geologist. Mr. Kümmel served as secretary for Gov. Silzer's "Morris Canal Commission" of 1923, and also as general manager of the Morris Canal and Banking Company after it became an agency of state government. The series includes many photographs taken during the 1923 commission's study, and others showing the state's dismantlement of the canal and improvement of retained property.

The photographs were kept in a post-binder labeled "Morris Canal Photos." Most are mounted and labeled on loose-leaf sheets, but some were found loose between pages. For better preservation and ease of access, the sheets and loose photographs were removed from the post-binder and placed in plastic sleeves and acid-free folders.

The views are arranged roughly geographically from the western end of the canal in Phillipsburg eastward to Jersey City. Location codes based on New Jersey Geological Survey (1903) quadrant numbers were noted by Mr. Kümmel on many of the views. These are included in the contents list below; however, their full meaning is not clear. The codes are apparently not related to canal tract numbers, dismantlement section numbers, or survey book station numbers.

Finally, negative numbers were also noted on many of the views. While it is not known whether any of the negatives for this collection have survived, the information is also included below for identification purposes. Note that several of the views came from negatives belonging to Cornelius C. Vermeule Jr. ("C.C.V."), Consulting and Directing Engineer for the canal's dismantlement.

Contents

(click on image below for enlarged view)

No. Caption Image
1.
Morris Canal and Banking Company office, Phillipsburg - side view
[2 copies].
Date:  1923.
Location:  24.21.4.4.1.
Negative No.:  1162
2.
Morris Canal and Banking Company office, Phillipsburg - front view,
Mr. Metz in doorway [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  24.21.4.4.1.
Negative No.:  1163
3.
New bridge replacing Bridge MC #2, Phillipsburg.
Date:  1927
Location:  24.21.4.9.2.
Negative No.:  --
4.
Bridge MC #2, Phillipsburg - new concrete bridge.
Date:  [1927]
Location:  24.21.4.9.2.
Negative No.:  --
5.
Lopatcong Spillway, Phillipsburg.
Date:  1928
Location:  --
Negative No.:   --
6.
Bridge MC #3, Phillipsburg - "before."
Date:  1927
Location:  24.21.5.4.7.
Negative No.:  --
7.
Bridge MC #3, Phillipsburg - "after."
Date:  1927
Location:  24.21.5.4.7.
Negative No.:  --
8.
New bridge replacing Bridge MC #4, Phillipsburg.
Date:  1927
Location:  24.21.5.4.8.
Negative No.:  --
9.
Bridge MC #5 - stoppage of drain pipe; also, handwritten description of complaint of Charles Apgar.
Date:  7/26/1929
Location:  --
Negative No.:   --
10.
Bridge MC #5 - filling of canal - stopping drainage, east side.
Date:  7/26/1929
Location:  --
Negative No.:  --
11.
Canal bed east of Bridge MC #5. Wash from stream, obstructing
drainage, marked "A."
Date:  7/26/1929
Location:  --
Negative No.:  --
12.
Bridge MC #8, Stewartsville - "before."
Date:  1927
Location:  24.21.6.2.2.
Negative No.:  --
13.
Bridge MC #8, Stewartsville - "after."
Date:  1927
Location:  24.21.6.2.2.
Negative No.:  --
14.
Dam at Saxton Falls - Musconetcong River [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  24.4.6.6.1.
Negative No.:  1172
15.
Guard lock, Saxton Falls [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  24.4.6.6.1.
Negative No.:  1173
16.
Bungalows along canal (squatters), Saxton Falls [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  24.4.6.6.1.
Negative No.:  1174
17.
Above the dam at Saxton Falls [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  24.4.6.6.1.
Negative No.:  1175
18.
Dam/gate house, Saxton Falls.
Date:  1928
Location:  22.25.4.3.3.
Negative No.:  --
19.
Lock and pool, Saxton Falls.
Date:  10/3/1928
Location:  24.4.6.6.1.
Negative No.:  --
20.
Gate house, Saxton Falls.
Date:  --
Location:  --
Negative No.:  48-26
21.
Swimming pool, Saxton Falls.
Date:  --
Location:  --
Negative No.:  48-27
22.
South spillway, Cranberry Lake.
Date:  1928
Location:  22.41.4.9.1.
Negative No.:  --
23.
Old bridge across Cranberry Lake - replaced by suspension bridge, October 1930.
Date:  --
Location:  --
Negative No.:  --
24.
Bridge at Cranberry Lake - replaced by new suspension bridge, October 1930.
Date:  --
Location:  --
Negative No.:  --
25.
Old bridge across Cranberry Lake - replaced by new suspension bridge, October 1930.
Date:  --
Location:  --
Negative No.:  --
26.
Old bridge across Cranberry Lake - replaced by new suspension bridge, October 1930.
Date:  --
Location:  --
Negative No.:  --
27.
Bridge at Cranberry Lake, showing new warning signs.
Date:  1937 print
Location:  --
Negative No.:  1720
28.
Cranberry Lake, showing footbridge.
Date:  1937 print
Location:  --
Negative No.:  1721
29.
Lower spillway, Stanhope.
Date:  1928
Location:  25.1.2.8.9.
Negative No.:  --
30.
Spillway through canal towpath, Stanhope.
Date:  1927
Location:  25.1.2.9.7.
Negative No.:  --
31.
Lake Musconetcong (Stanhope Reservoir) Dam - before removal of icehouse [2 copies].
Date:  1930
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: C.C.V.
32.
Lake Musconetcong (Stanhope Reservoir) Dam and gate house [2 copies: 1 labeled 1927, the other labeled 1930].
Date:  1927/1930
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: C.C.V.
33.
New concrete pavement, Ledgewood Ave., Netcong.
Date:  1927
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: --
34.
Bridge MC #57, Stanhope-Netcong - "before."
Date:  1927
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: --
35.
Bridge MC #57, Stanhope-Netcong - "after."
Date:  1927
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: --
36.
Moving picture theater - from Methodist Church, Netcong [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: 1164
37.
Garage and theater, Allen St., Netcong [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: 1165
38.
Rubbish piles in rear of garage and theater, Allen St., Netcong [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: 1166
39.
Wills' Ice House, Stanhope Reservoir [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: 1167
40.
Stanhope Reservoir - Methodist Church, Netcong, and Ice House, Stanhope [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: 1168
41.
Stanhope - E. T. Wills' Ice House from church [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: 1169
42.
Shore of Stanhope Reservoir - bungalows in Netcong [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: 1170
43.
Ice House Office, Stanhope (old lock house) - S. P. Leeds and Mr. Bissell, Manager [2 copies].
Date: 1923 
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: 1171
44.
Central Cove, Lake Musconetcong, showing candocks and snags in foreground (used in report of C. C. Vermuele, Jr.).
Date: 1930 
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: --
45.
Lake Musconetcong - Stanhope Reservoir (used in report of C. C. Vermuele, Jr.).
Date:  1930
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: --
46.
Lake Musconetcong Improvement.
Date:  4/12/1932
Location:  --
Negative No.: 15-3
47.
Lake Musconetcong Improvement.
Date:  4/12/1932
Location:  --
Negative No.: 15-4
48.
Lake Musconetcong Improvement - stumps pulled ashore, Central Cove.
Date:  4/12/1932
Location:  --
Negative No.: 15-5
49.
Lake Musconetcong Improvement - Central Cove stumps.
Date:  4/12/1932
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: 15-6
50.
Lake Musconetcong Improvement.
Date:  [1932]
Location:  --
Negative No.: 15-7
51.
Lake Musconetcong (Stanhope Reservoir) - snags and weed growth in lake.
Date:  1930
Location:  25.1.2.9.8. 
Negative No.: C.C.V.
52.
Lake Musconetcong (Stanhope Reservoir) - snags and weeds to be removed.
Date:  1930
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: C.C.V.
53.
Lake Musconetcong (Stanhope Reservoir) - weed removal operations.
Date:  1930
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: C.C.V.
54.
Lake Musconetcong (Stanhope Reservoir) - showing snags.
Date:  1930
Location:  25.1.2.9.8.
Negative No.: C.C.V.
55.
Lake Musconetcong Improvement - part of old towpath.
Date:  1932
Location:  --
Negative No.: 20-1
56.
Lake Musconetcong Improvement - a corner marker, Lake Musconetcong property.
Date:  1932
Location:  --
Negative No.: 20-2
57.
Lake Musconetcong Improvement - filling at Central Cove.
Date:  1932
Location:  --
Negative No.: 20-3
58.
Lake Musconetcong Improvement - pumping in fill at Lake Musconetcong.
Date:  1932
Location:  --
Negative No.: 20-4
59.
Lake Musconetcong Improvement - pumping in fill, Central Cove [2 copies].
Date:  1932
Location:  --
Negative No.: 20-5
60.
W[est?] E[nd?] Hopatcong - [shows dam].
Date:  9/16/1933
Location:  --
Negative No.: --
61.
South End - Lake Hopatcong - 4' down.
Date:  6/6/1923
Location:  --
Negative No.: --
62.
Lake Hopatcong Dam.
Date:  1927
Location:  25.2.1.7.4.
Negative No.: --
63.
Lake Hopatcong Dam.
Date:  --
Location:  25.2.1.7.4.
Negative No.: --
64.
Fountain at Lake Hopatcong Dam.
Date:  --
Location:  25.2.1.7.4.
Negative No.: --
65.
Bridge MC #60 below Lake Hopatcong - "before."
Date:  1927
Location:  25.2.1.7.4.
Negative No.: --
66.
Bridge MC #60 [below] Lake Hopatcong - "after."
Date:  1927
Location:  25.2.1.7.4.
Negative No.: --
67.
Bridge MC #79, Peer's Lock, Denville - "before."
Date:  1927
Location:  25.4.1.7.7.
Negative No.: --
68.
Bridge MC #79, Peer's Lock, Denville - "after."
Date:  1927
Location:  25.4.1.7.7.
Negative No.: --
69.
Pompton River Aqueduct, Mountain View - before removal.
Date:  1927
Location:  26.1.2.6.8.
Negative No.: --
70.
Pompton River - after removal of aqueduct.
Date:  1927
Location:  26.1.2.6.8.
Negative No.: --
71.
Open cut north of Bridge MC #108, Mountain View.
Date:  1927
Location:  26.1.2.6.5.
Negative No.: --
72.
Drainage cut south of Bridge MC #114, Pompton Feeder.
Date:  1927
Location:  23.41.5.2.6.
Negative No.: --
73.
Pequannock Spillway.
Date:  --
Location:  --
Negative No.: C.C.V.
74.
Guard bank south of Pequannock Spillway.
Date:  --
Location:  --
Negative No.: C.C.V.
75.
Dam at Greenwood Lake.
Date:  1937 print
Location:  --
Negative No.: 1718
76.
Greenwood Lake Dam.
Date:  1928
Location:  22.25.4.3.3.
Negative No.: --
77.
Weasel Brook waste gates - "before."
Date:  1927
Location:  26.2.5.9.3.
Negative No.: --
78.
Weasel Brook waste gates - "after."
Date:  1927
Location:  26.2.5.9.3.
Negative No.: --
79.
Weasel Brook waste gates - "after."
Date:  1927
Location:  26.2.5.9.3.
Negative No.: --
80.
Bridge MC #130, Clifton - "before."
Date:  1927
Location:  26.2.5.9.9.
Negative No.: --
81.
Bridge MC #130 - "after."
Date:  1927
Location:  26.2.5.9.9.
Negative No.: --
82.
Canal at Bloomfield - Head of Plane 11 East.
Date:  --
Location:  --
Negative No.: 1642
83.
Lock 16 East, Weir [tract] 94, Bloomfield.
Date:  --
Location:  --
Negative No.: 1641
84.
Head of electric plane over Morris and Essex Railroad, Newark.
Date:  --
Location:  --
Negative No.: 1645
85.
415 High Street, Plane 12 East, Newark [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  26.12.8.8.6.
Negative No.: 1160
86.
Canal at Newark - Plane 12 East from Plane Street Bridge looking west [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  26.12.8.9.4.
Negative No.: 1161
87.
Canal east of Plane Street, Newark [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  26.12.8.9.4.
Negative No.: 1159
88.
South Canal Street, Newark - bulging canal and concrete backing [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  26.12.8.9.8.
Negative No.: 1158
89.
South Canal Street, Newark - crack in pavement [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  26.12.8.9.8.
Negative No.: 1157
90.
South Canal Street, Newark - crack in pavement [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  26.12.8.9.8.
Negative No.: 1156
91.
South Canal Street, Newark - bulging wall [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  26.12.8.9.8.
Negative No.: 1155
92.
South Canal Street, Newark - fallen wall and crib repairs [2 copies].
Date:  1923
Location:  26.12.8.9.8.
Negative No.: 1154
93.
Governor's Advisory Committee - Canal Abandonment: Owen Winston, David Young, Harry M. Riddle, James Wilson, Cornelius C. Vermeule, Edward D. Duffield, S. P. Leeds, A. W. Drake, William O. Morgan, and Stephen Thompson.
Date:  [1923]
Location:  --
Negative No.: 


Consult the Reference services page and/or the Guide to Reproduction and Research Services, Policies and Fees for information on reproduction of images included in this collection.


Created September 2003; Images added March 2008