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Trenton, NJ 08625-0307

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Proprietors and Adventurers

The State Archives purchased eleven lots of unique or extremely rare New Jersey colonial manuscripts, maps, and imprints from the Jay T. Snider Collection of Historical Americana, auctioned at Christie’s in New York City on 21 June 2005.

Dating mainly from the 17th-century proprietary period, the collection features several items owned by East Jersey Governor Robert Barclay (governed 1682-90) and kept by his descendants for more than three centuries.

Jay Snider, former president of the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team and avid collector of historical Americana, acquired many items in the collection in London in the 1990s. Acting Governor Richard Codey and Secretary of State Regena Thomas authorized $656,760 for the purchase of these documentary treasures. The documents were formally unveiled to the public on 27 September 2005, in Princeton.

Press Releases
Images of Selected Documents
Manuscript Transcriptions
    "An Account of East Jersey's Seven Settled Towns, circa 1684" [PDF, 162k] by Joseph R. Klett from The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 80:106-114 (September 2005). Reproduced courtesy of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey.
Unveiling Ceremonies and Exhibition, 27 September 2005
What People are Saying about the Documents
Using the Records of the East and West Jersey Proprietors [PDF, 947k]
Archives Catalog: Non-Governmental Records - East and West Jersey Proprietors

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