Cranford History


To Contribute Historical Materials to is an academic project — if you are interested in volunteering or donating to the work of preserving and promoting Cranford’s history consider becoming involved with the Cranford Historical Society or Cranford Public Library – or both!

Some suggestions follow, would like to acknowledge that the following section was inspired by and patterned after the model used by the Plainfield Public Library, of Plainfield NJ which hosts an exceptional digital collection of history resources.


Before contacting the Historical Society or the Public Library to offer volunteer service, consider these important questions:

  • What is your availability? Weekdays? Weekends? Day or evening?
  • Are you looking for a short or  longer term project?
  • Do you have any special talents or abilities?  Ex. Bi-lingual? Editing Experience? Worked in an archive or library? Technical proficiency? Typing skills?

What types of work might volunteers do?

  • Photographs – Help identify people and places in our historical photographs
  • Indexing – Indexing of Cranford reference materials
  • Assisting Local Organizations with Summarizing and Digitizing historical organizational documents.
  • Writing Transcriptions –Transcription of historical manuscripts, ledgers, and record books; or transcribing oral histories.
  • Data Entry – Keying in data about collection materials into databases
  • Digitizing Materials – scanning prints, negatives and slides for digital databases

Make a Donation

The Cranford Historical Society and the Cranford Public Library are two of the local organizations that work to preserve the history of Cranford, New Jersey, and its residents.  Both welcome the opportunity to grow their collections and welcomes  donations from Cranford residents and their descendants. If you are interested in making a donation, please contact the Library Director or Adminstrator of the Historical Society to discuss the suitability of the materials for these collection.

Important points to consider before calling to discuss a donation with either organization:

  • Do your items have historical or research value?
  • Do you own the item outright or do you have a commitment to other family members?
  • Have you allowed yourself time to review and sort the materials and decide what to keep and what to donate.
  • Will you be able to deliver the items to the receiving organization or would someone need to pick them up?
  • Are you able to make a monetary donation to help cover the expense of archival supplies and processing?
  • Photographs – Scenes of homes, stores, churches, schools – Identify and date whatever you can.
  • Postcards – Images of the town or cards advertising events.
  • Blueprints – Homes and businesses.
  • Documents – Diplomas, birth certificates, deeds, etc.
  • Diaries and Journals – Personal and family histories that shed light on individual lives.
  • Bible Records and other books – Genealogical records such as births, deaths, and marriages, published genealogies, etc.


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