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
documents were formally unveiled to the public on 27 September 2005,