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The Hunterdon County Historical Society (HCHS) Archives is a valuable source of information for those interested in researching Hunterdon County history and genealogy. The HCHS Archives has over 100 (and growing) collections of original manuscripts, maps, photographic images, sound recordings, moving images, and other materials that provide priceless research material for anyone interested in any part of Hunterdon’s rich history.

The types of collections that can be found in the Archives include:

  • the papers of citizens and from the County’s past;
  • the research and other papers of earlier researchers into Hunterdon genealogy;
  • the accumulated papers of long-term resident Hunterdon families;
  • original deeds, wills, manumissions, tax records, and other government manuscripts that have been collected over time;
  • the records of historic Hunterdon businesses;
  • the records of many social and civic organizations;
  • and, much, much more!

As part of the Hiram E. Deats Memorial Library, use of the HCHS Archives is available to both members of the Society and any interested researchers during open hours of the Library.  Feel free to browse through the tabs above to learn more about the history of the HCHS archives, What’s New, details of the collections (including finding aids where available), and the HCHS Archives policies and procedures.

Support the HCHS by Donating


Library Hours:
12-4 Thursdays &
10-4 the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of each month

Doric House:
Open by appointment year-round &
for Special Events & Exhibits

Mission Statement

The mission of the Hunterdon County Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the evolving social and material history of the entire County of Hunterdon, New Jersey. The Society will fulfill its mission through educational programs, research and publications, and by maintaining for public benefit the growing collections of the Society and the buildings that house them: The HCHS Archives, the Hiram E. Deats Memorial Library and the 1845 Doric House Museum.

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Funding has been made possible in part by:
The Astle-Alpaugh Family Foundation,
The Hunterdon County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and
The New Jersey Historical Commission through funds administered by
The Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
The Large Foundation
Investors Foundation
Private Donors
Funding for website design & maintenance by:
The Astle-Alpaugh Family Foundation