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Proprietors & Adventurers - Event Photos

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A Glorious Day at Morven

DARM Director Karl J. Niederer (center) introduces Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kisko to keynote speaker, Prof. Richard P. McCormick.

Star-Ledger reporter Thomas Hester interviews Professor McCormick on the porch at Morven.

Cameramen from New Jersey Network and WZBN set up their equipment.   The crowd gathers on the lawn in front of Morven.

Remarks to the Crowd

Acting Governor Richard J. Codey opens with a public welcome and notes the historical importance of the State’s new acquisition.

  Lawrence Intermediate School students will be the first to view the documents on public display.
Emcee DARM Director Karl J. Niederer acknowledges the historical community, Office of the Governor, and Legislature for their support of the acquisition.

  Among the honored guests are officers of the former East Jersey Board of Proprietors, and the West Jersey Council of Proprietors.
Secretary of State Regena L. Thomas addresses the group.

  Prof. Richard P. McCormick celebrates the acquisition, praising the historical community and the State Archives for their decisive action.

Proprietors and Adventurers Opens to the Public

DARM Director Karl J. Niederer addresses the crowd before the ribbon-cutting.

  School children patiently await the unveiling of Proprietors & Adventurers: A Rediscovery of Colonial New Jersey.

Chief of Archives Joseph R. Klett tells the story of how the acquisition and exhibition were made possible, acknowledging fellow New Jersey archivists, curators and historians.

  David Cowell, President of the Advocates for New Jersey History, speaks about the colony’s early diversity and great promise as revealed by the newly discovered manuscripts.

Acting Governor Codey cuts the ribbon.   Acting Governor Codey offers “high fives” as the kids enter the exhibition, the first to view the documents.

Colonial Treasures Unveiled

Before the ribbon is cut.   East Jersey Governor Robert Barclay’s record book, 1682-1688, containing hitherto unknown colonial manuscripts.

Five seventeenth-century maps were reunited with the record book thanks to the State’s success at Christie’s.

  The Barclay record book contains minutes of the Lords Proprietors of East New Jersey that pre-date the first American minutes by two years.
Morden’s A Map of ye English Empire, ca. 1684-5 (left) and the royal patent for New Jersey, 1664 (right).

  The Navesink case (left) and John Reid’s manuscript map of “East Jarsey,” 1686 (right).
John Seller’s A Mapp of New Jersey in America, 1677 (left) and an account of East Jersey’s settled towns, circa 1684 (right).

  Wells’ map of New York Harbor, ca. 1683 (left) and East Jersey's claim to Staten Island (right).
Manuscript plan entitled “A Description of Amboy Point,” 1684.

  List of adventurers in the Society of Merchants of London, investors in West Jersey, 1697.
The Acts of the General Assembly of the Province of New Jersey, published by William and Andrew Bradford, 1732.

  James Alexander's personal copy of A Bill in the Chancery of New Jersey, published by James Parker and Benjamin Franklin, 1747.
Samuel Smith’s History of the Colony of Nova-Caesaria, or New Jersey, 1765.   The Grants, Concessions & Original Constitutions of the Province, published by Aaron Leaming and Jacob Spicer, 1758.

Leaming & Spicer’s 1758 compilation on display in the foyer of Morven.


Visitors and Press view the Exhibition

(left to right) DARM Director Karl J. Niederer, Joseph J. Felcone of Princeton, and Chief of Archives Joseph R. Klett.   (left to right) Karl Niederer, State Senator Leonard Lance, and State Museum Exhibits Curator Elizabeth Beitel and Museum Director Helen Shannon.

(left to right) State Archives Collection Manager Ellen R. Callahan, Trentonian reporter Charles Webster and Joseph Felcone.

  Joseph Seliga, longtime friend of the State Archives, viewing Wells’ hand-drawn map of New York Harbor.
(left to right) Deputy Attorneys General William Andersen and Thomas Hunt, and David Pasicznyk of the New Jersey Geological Survey, examine the New York Harbor map.

  Historians and school kids flood the room for a glimpse of the documents.
Joseph Klett interviewed by New Jersey Network.

  Karl Niederer with Ann Gossen, curator of Morven Museum and Gardens.
Princeton University Archivist Daniel Linke (left) and Deputy Attorney General John Turi (right) view the Barclay record book.