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Public Record Office


The Public Record Office was established as New Jersey's official archival repository in 1920. It was merged with the New Jersey State Library in 1943, and became the Library's Bureau of Archives and History in 1945 (see link below).

The Bureau of Archives and History became the Division of Archives and Records Management, within the Department of State, in 1983.


See also: Department of Education - New Jersey State Library (including the Bureau of Archives and History)

Series:
Public Record Office
Publications Relating to Public Records in New Jersey, 1899-1940
Control #:
SZPUR001
Format:
0.25 c.f. (5 vols., 1 photocopy, 20 letters)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Public Record Office
Scrapbooks of Dr. Carlos E. Godfrey, 1903-1940
Control #:
SZPUR002
Format:
1.5 c.f. (4 boxes)
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Public Record Office
Conservation Correspondence, 1921-1941
Control #:
SZPUR003
Format:
0.5 c.f. (1 box)

Series:
Public Record Office
General Correspondence and Miscellaneous Material, 1921-1940
Control #:
SZPUR004
Format:
0.5 c.f. (1 box)

Series:
Public Record Office
Subject File, 1920-1945
Control #:
SZPUR005
Format:
4.5 c.f. (9 boxes)
Arrangement:
Alphabetical by subject
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Public Record Office
County and Municipal Survey Records, 1941-1942
Control #:
SZPUR006
Format:
1.25 c.f. (3 boxes)
Arrangement:
Alphabetical by municipality
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Public Record Office
Survey of County and Municipal Offices, 1921
Control #:
SZPUR007
Format:
0.75 c.f. (3 vols.)
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Public Record Office
Survey of Books in County Clerks' and Surrogates' Offices [incomplete], 1920s
Control #:
SZPUR008
Format:
0.25 c.f. (1 box)
Arrangement:
By county
Notes:
Only seven counties are included.
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Public Record Office
Indexes to Assembly Proceedings ["Votes"], 1710-1754
Control #:
SZPUR009
Format:
0.75 c.f. (2 boxes)
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Public Record Office
Notebooks of Dr. Carlos E. Godfrey relating to New Jersey Historical Manuscripts and Public Records, ca. 1906-1918
Control #:
SZPUR010
Format:
0.5 c.f. (1 box)

Series:
Public Record Office
Minutes, 1920-1937
Control #:
SZPUR011
Format:
0.1 c.f. (1 vol.)

Series:
Public Record Office
Register of Records Transferred, 1921-1922 & 1946-1947
Control #:
SZPUR012
Format:
0.25 c.f. (1 vol.)
Arrangement:
Chronological
Notes:
Entries are for 1921-1922 & 1946-1947 only. Spine title includes records destroyed or deposited; however, only transfers recorded.

Series:
Public Record Office
Records Destruction Requests, 1924-1936
Control #:
SZPUR013
Format:
0.25 c.f. (1 box)
Arrangement:
Roughly chronological
Notes:
Requests are numbered 1-154.

Series:
Public Record Office
Card Indexes, 1680s-1890s
Control #:
SZPUR014
Format:
0.5 c.f. (2 boxes)
Arrangement:
Various
Notes:
Two indexes by Carlos Godfrey (including prominent Trentonians); index to proprietary-period NJ records; & NJ records in Albany, NY.
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Series:
Public Record Office
Papers relating to the Continental Congress in Session at Trenton, 1784
Control #:
SZPUR015
Format:
0.25 c.f. (1 vol.)
Notes:
Includes resolution recognizing Carlos E. Godfrey and several original manuscripts relating to the Congress's meeting place.

Series:
Public Record Office
Annotated List of Municipal and County Records, 1920s-1930s
Control #:
SZPUR016
Format:
0.15 c.f. (1 folder)
Arrangement:
Alphabetical by municipality/county
Notes:
Annotated by Carlos Godfrey. In very brittle condition.

Series:
Public Record Office/State Service Bureau, Inc.
Directories of County and Municipal Officials, 1928-1965
Control #:
SZPUR017
Format:
0.75 c.f. (2 boxes)
Arrangement:
Date
Notes:
Includes PRO directories, 1928-35 & 1937-40; after 1940 published by State Service Bureau. Missing 1936, 1942, 1951, 1956 & 1962.
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Public Record Office
Subject Index to Correspondence Files, ca. 1938
Control #:
SZPUR018
Format:
0.75 c.f. (3 boxes)
Arrangement:
Alphabetical
Notes:
Provides references to a filing system which was apparently superceded.
Finding Aid:
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Series:
Public Record Office
Engraved Printing Plates for Book Plate and Deposit Slip, no date
Control #:
SZPUR019
Format:
0.02 c.f. (2 metal plates)


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Series:
Department of Defense
Adjutant General's Office (Revolutionary War)
Card Index: Loyalists in the King's Army, 1775-1778
Control #:
SDEA1015
Format:
0.5 c.f. (3 card index boxes); 2 reels (35-mm)
Notes:
Includes summaries of Loyalist service, with notations by Carlos Godfrey; sources unknown. Poss. produced by Public Record Office.


~ The collections listed on this page represent 14.27 c.f. of paper records and 2 reels of microfilm ~

To contact the New Jersey State Archives about research, reference services, records transfers or donations, please email us at njarchives@sos.state.nj.us


This page last updated 05/17/2006