Bartles Papers

New Access for the Bartles Papers I Long time patrons of the HCHS manuscript collections are undoubtedly familiar with the Bartles Papers. The Bartles Papers, Collection No. 34, are one of the most widely used collections in our archives, as well as being one of our largest collections. The collection …

Position Opening: Library/Museum Administrator

Applications are being sought for an Administrator at the Hunterdon County Historical society. The position is part time at 20 hours per week. The job description is given below. Resumes should be sent to the chairman of the search committee, John Matsen, at jmatsen@aol.com and are due by November 15. …

Fun in the Field

Sometimes, archivists emerge from our dim repositories and make field trips in order to secure the accession of culturally valuable historical materials. The HCHS Archives team has been enjoying a road trip for the past several weeks! For several consecutive Monday evenings, the archival volunteers have been working in the …

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Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860 October 3, 2014 – March 29, 2015 Morven, New Jersey’s Cultural Museum, is hosting a landmark exhibition to be the first to focus on the important contribution of New Jersey in the creation of schoolgirl needlework in the eighteenth and …

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Press on the Morven Exhibit

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The Morven Exhibit “Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860.” is a huge success. Check out the press from the Princeton Magazine, NJ.com and The Princeton Sun. The exhibit runs October 3, 2014 – March 29, 2015. For all the details, visit Morven.org.

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Position Opening: Library/Museum Administrator

September 23, 2014 Job Announcement Comments Off

Applications are being sought for an Administrator at the Hunterdon County Historical society. The position is part time at 20 hours per week. The job description is given below. Resumes should be sent to the chairman of the search committee, John Matsen, at jmatsen@aol.com and are due by November 15.

JOB DESCRIPTION
LIBRARY/MUSEUM ADMINISTRATOR

The Library/Museum Administrator (LMA) is a part time position that reports to the Board of Trustees of the Society.

Library access and reference: The LMA is responsible for the Society’s library located at the Doric House. Responsibilities include:

  • Provides access to the library during Thursday afternoons and one Saturday per month and by appointment
  • Schedules volunteers to provide access and assistance in the library during all open hours
  • Recruits and trains volunteers in library procedures and rules
  • Writes, revises, and enforces rules for the use of the library and creates and updates research guides, bibliographies, and finding aids

Collections management: The LMA is responsible for the Society’s collection of library materials. Responsibilities include:

  • Monitors the acquisition of all new materials acquired by the Society, including library collections, manuscript collections, and museum artifacts
  • Records all accessions including the use of Past Perfect museum software
  • Works with the Curator of Manuscripts in the preservation of manuscript items
  • Processes and catalogs library and museum materials

Communications: The LMA is responsible for responding to and/or forwarding the communications to the Society.

Policies: The LMA implements the policies of the Board of Trustees of the Society and attends the meetings of the Board.

The LMA is responsible for assisting the Board of Trustees in oversight and monitoring of the following activities:

  • Grants
  • Special events and outreach
  • Physical plant
  • Conservation and preservation of materials
  • Publications
  • Website and other technology
  • General management

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August 7, 2014 Events Comments Off

Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860

October 3, 2014 – March 29, 2015

Morven Needlework 2014 imageMorven, New Jersey’s Cultural Museum, is hosting a landmark exhibition to be the first to focus on the important contribution of New Jersey in the creation of schoolgirl needlework in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With over 150 works on view, this exhibition will undertake the first survey of schoolgirl needlework completed in the state or by New Jersey girls prior to 1860. This exhibition and accompanying catalogue will create a lasting record of the best known examples. As part of the museum’s mission to showcase the cultural heritage of the Garden State, the curators will bring new light to the needlework done in New Jersey during this important period of American history.

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A featured sampler of the Morven exhibition was created by Armenia Hutchinson and owned by the Hunterdon County Historical Society. The sampler is pictured inside Dan & Marty Campanelli’s book A Sampling of Hunterdon County Needlework: the motifs, the makers & their stories*. Dan and Marty are guest curators at Morven.

There will be a free preview party on Thursday, October 2nd, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm to see the exhibit and have refreshments.

For more information and directions, contact the Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street | Princeton, New Jersey 08540 | 609.924.8144.

 

 

*Copies of A Sampling of Hunterdon County Needlework: the motifs, the makers & their stories are available for purchase at the HCHS Store (just CLICK here).

Fun in the Field

July 31, 2014 Archives Comments Off

Sometimes, archivists emerge from our dim repositories and make field trips in order to secure the accession of culturally valuable historical materials.

HCHS counterattackThe HCHS Archives team has been enjoying a road trip for the past several weeks! For several consecutive Monday evenings, the archival volunteers have been working in the barn of Mr. Carl Cathers, of Stockton, NJ. Carl is a longtime Stockton resident who has made a habit of collecting and preserving historical records of interest concerning Stockton, NJ, and its people. His barn is full of historically important documents, research, photographs, genealogy, clippings, maps, and ephemera. We have been sorting, evaluating, and boxing almost 50 cubic feet of historically relevant materials he has collected. When we are finished, Mr. Cathers will donate the entire historic collection to the Hunterdon County Historical Society so that it may be preserved for the future historians of Hunterdon County.

archive_pictureThe collections, so far, cover three principle areas of interest. The first is the material that Carl has collected about Stockton itself, including photographs, organizational notes, records of clubs and businesses, and clippings and stories about the town over a long period of time. The second area is a group of records that were left to Carl from Austin Davison, another longtime Stockton area resident, who was an artist, painter, and also a local historian. The third group of records is the personal papers of Anne Elstner Matthews, the star of stage and radio (the actress who portrayed Stella Dallas in the long running radio soap opera) who settled in Stockton and owned the River’s Edge restaurant for many years.

Any one of these collections would make a fine and valuable addition to the HCHS Archives, but the fact that all three are coming to us is a great windfall.The Society has to thank Mr. Cathers, both for his appreciation of and contribution to local history, but also for his remarkable forethought. When approached by the Society, and confronted with the concept of donating his collection, Mr. Cathers considered the importance of his materials and their impact on future genealogists and historians, and decided to donate the collection while still intact and entire. The Society would also like to thank Marfy Goodspeed, longtime Society member and historian who alerted us to the presence of the Cathers Collection and facilitated our contact.

HCHS archivistAlthough the collection that Carl has assembled is an outstanding and unusual example, it is not alone. There are probably collections that are similar in content (if not in scope!) in the homes of many local historians throughout the county. Sadly, many of these collections are never preserved. Without provision for the destination of these collections of papers in a will or other document, the collections are often dispersed, misplaced, or worse, outright destroyed.

Therefore, if you own or have knowledge of interesting and important collections of historical material, and want them to be preserved in a well-equipped and professionally organized archive for future generations, don’t be shy! Let the HCHS know about these collections, and perhaps we can make arrangements to make a field trip to your neck of the woods! As you can see, we love field trips!