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 …

150 Years Ago: Gettysburg

Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Our own, John Kuhl, published a flipbook containing images of NJ Soldiers of the Civil War. Take a look at CIVIL WAR FLIPBOOK. Below are some example images.

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 …

Manuscript Collections

Manuscript Collections are original records produced by an individual, family, or a group organization over time. They can be as small as one individual item, or can comprise hundreds of boxes of material. Our collections represent the historical legacy of many Hunterdon County individuals, families, businesses, civic organizations, social groups, …

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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, 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.

sampler_book_cover_revisedA 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!

Bartles Papers

June 29, 2014 Archives Comments Off

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 is comprised of 38 boxes of records that have both genealogical and historical significance.

Screen shot 2014-06-29 at 8.32.25 AMThe papers are primarily those of Charles Bartles, a prominent lawyer in Flemington in the Nineteenth Century. They are full of deeds, leases, mortgages, surveys, estate material, papers relating to the Flemington Railroad, the Flemington Copper Company, and several other mining and land ventures. There are also papers relating to his responsibilities during the Civil War, including militia lists and letters to Governors, as well as correspondence and legal work for many Hunterdon families, much of which contains family information. Also included in his papers are Papers of two county lawyers and their practices that he acquired in his career, those of William Maxwell and John Bryan.

Through the efforts of HCHS volunteers, the Papers of Charles Bartles are now more accessible than ever before, hopefully broadening their interest to a new generation of researchers. As followers of the HCHS and its archives already know, we have been engaged in a project that has been slowly digitizing and making available electronic versions of the inventories of our manuscript collections. The Bartles collection is the next collection that has become available! The most exciting thing about this new access tool is that the Bartles papers, in addition to an inventory, also has an index. The index is arranged alphabetically by surname or company name, and gives a numerical page number for each inventory entry where that person or company may be found. Looking up family names is easy; researchers can simply find the name, note the page number in the inventory, and then open up the inventory (please note the fact that the inventory is in 4 files defined by range of page numbers) to that page. The inventory is complete to the folder level, and often describes individual items in the folder.

Of course, once it is determined that a file or folder is of interest, the researcher still has to come to the HCHS during open reference hours to access the material. Because of its frequent use, this collection is filmed and is available for microfilm use in the Deats Memorial Library. Alternatively, those interested in using the collection from a distance may inquire as to our mail reference policies and fees. It is important to note that researchers may also be interested in Collection No. 75, the Bartles Papers II, also available here at the HCHS archives.

No. 128: The Clark-Dunham Family Photographs

June 4, 2014 Spotlight Comments Off

collection_128_imageThe Clark-Dunham Family Photographs collection consists of photographs from the Clark-Dunham and Apgar families. The majority of the images are studio portraits, but unfortunately only a minority are identified. There are pictures of assorted people on a variety of dates, and different occasions. The collection has been arranged according to identified photos, portrait/studio photos followed by groupings according to a theme suggested by similarities of the subject. Of interest are the identifiable photographs of the Clark-Dunham and Apgar families, and two tintypes. One group of photographs appears to have been taken at the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial held in 1925.

There are 83 folders separated into five series. The portrait/studio photographs are filed one per folder with identified pictures (folders 1 through 16) followed by the two tintypes (folder 17). The next series is unidentified or only partially identified images, still mostly studio portraits of single subjects or family groups (folders 17 through 69). Smaller photographs, previously contained in an album are placed in enclosures (envelopes 70 through 82) according to a theme. There is one heavily damaged photograph of the town of Clinton, looking east along Main Street taken from the hill behind the Red Mill [folder 83]. Virtually none of the photographs are dated, but there appear to be images from the late 1880′s through the 1930′s.

These photos were once in possession of, and presumably collected by, Harry Kline Dunham (1879 – 1949) and his wife Blanche Clark. The families were from Bedminister Township, Somerset County and New Germantown, later known as Oldwick. Members also originated from Clinton, Hunterdon County. Marion and Helen Waldron of Oldwick, NJ donated these photos to HCHS. Their aunt, Sarah Craig, married Henry Kline (d. January10, 1927). Sarah was related to Harry (Henry) Kline Dunham. Clark Dunham, the son of Harry K. Dunham, last owned the pictures.

The Society would welcome the assistance of any members or interested researchers familiar with the Clark-Dunham families who could identify some of the subjects in these images.