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Mailing Address:
NJ State Archives
P.O. Box 307
Trenton, NJ 08625-0307

Office Address:
225 West State Street - 2nd Floor
Trenton, NJ

Contact Information

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Collection Management

The New Jersey State Archives is the state’s official repository for all public records of enduring historical value. The greater part of the collection consists of records created by offices, agencies and departments of the State and Colony of New Jersey. In addition, the Archives holds certain county, municipal and federal government records, as well as selected non-governmental records. Link to our Collecting Policy to review the guidelines used by the State Archives in the development of the collection.

For information about missing or alienated public records of the State of New Jersey (including colonial records), the State Archives’ statutory authority with regard to them, and procedures for their voluntary return, please consult our page on Missing or Alienated Public Records

The table below summarizes the Archives’ holdings at present. Cubic-feet totals may include unprocessed accessions as well as cataloged record series. Researchers should note that the dates provided reflect the earliest and most recent records in the entire record group; date ranges of specific series will vary.

Collection Breakdown
RECORD GROUP(S)
DATE RANGE
PAPER RECORDS
MICROFILM
EXECUTIVE BRANCH
 
1664-2011
9,348 c.f.
333 reels
 
1865-1999
120 c.f.
0 reels
 
1851-2007
330 c.f.
0 reels
 
1830-2008
172 c.f.
0 reels
 
1967-1990
8 c.f.
0 reels
 
1890-2003
317 c.f.
0 reels
 
1639-2006
742 c.f.
485 reels
 
1600s-20081
856 c.f.
18 reels
 
1686-20022
2,579 c.f.
92 reels

 
1848-2011
1,615 c.f.
3,304 reels
 
1867-2005
270 c.f.
0 reels
 
1867-2007
459 c.f.
5 reels
 
1650-2012
3,359 c.f.
1,923 reels
 
1680-20053
2,825 c.f.
43 reels
 
1761-2009
1,539 c.f.
117 reels
 
1776-2002
2,548 c.f.
18 reels
1703-2012
1,341 c.f.
56 reels
1704-1995
2,708 c.f.
3,889 reels
1667-19974
3,740 c.f.
11,809 reels
1692-19974
223 c.f.
180 reels
1791-19985
550 c.f.
995 reels
1660-20006
2,100 c.f.
1393 reels
1777-2001
n/a
9,188 reels
 
Total records
38,567 c.f.
34,005 reels
  1. Includes manuscript collections and indexes of the former Bureau of Archives and History; departmental records are post-1900.
  2. Includes manuscripts from state historic sites; majority of records are post-1915.
  3. Includes transcripts of early road returns; majority of records are post-1917.
  4. Majority are pre-1900.
  5. Majority are pre-1950.
  6. Includes some indexes to manuscript collections; majority of records are post-1680.

Questions or concerns? Please contact Ellen Callahan, Collection Manager