Cranford History

Cranford Public Library Collection

Local History Resources

Online resources can help if you already know what you need to locate:

Cranford History  – View Now

Newspapers- Cranford Archive – Full-text, keyword searchable files in PDF format, including Cranford newspapers (1894-2005), and Cranford city directories (1901-1982). For Cranford Chronicle (June 2005 to the present) try America’s News.

Yearbooks – Cranford High School – Cranford Archive – (1922-2008)

Local History Digital Archive

Cranford – An Outline History by Bragdon

The Burditt Index – People

The Burditt Index – Names

Historical Society – Mill Wheel Issues

Oral Histories Index

Map Index

Cranford Authors

Family Histories Index

Organizational Histories:

Heritage Broadsides

The Library has several years worth of “Know Your Town” published by the League of Women Voters – 974.936 Know

Vertical Files 

CranfordHeritageCorridor Brochure

300 Years at Crane’s Ford –    Tercentenary Committee Booklet

Lincoln Park Brochure

General History Resources

America’s News – Cranford Chronicle (6/2005- current) and the Star-Ledger (5/1989- current), two of 101 N.J. newspapers out of 1470 U.S. newspapers; Newsweek (1991- current) and U.S. News & World Report (1993- Current).

Garden State Legacy  online magazine dedicated to New Jersey History.

Historical New York Times with Index. Full text articles from 1851 to 2006.

Inventors and Inventions – searchable by name and category of device; results iinclude drawings, diagrams, maps, timelines, and photos.

JerseyClicks – Search extensive assortment of databases – Historical content includes: Contemporary Authors, Biography Collection Complete, Business Source Elite, Business Source Premiere, History Reference Center, Newspaper Source, Custom Newspapers and ProQuest HeritageQuest.

Price It! Antiques & Collectibles – Identify, research and price art, antiques and collectibles via 23 million records, 10 million+ images; continuously updated.

Salem History – 1930’s -1990’s – Milestone Documents in American History, Lives, Events & Historical Encyclopedia of American Business

Genealogical Resources

  • HeritageQuest – genealogical and historical research tool, coverage dating back to the late 1700s.  Find ancestors and trace their paths across America.  Images and extensive indexing–from the 1790 to 1930 U.S. federal censuses;  20,000 book titles, including nearly 8,000 family histories and more than 12,000 local histories; 250 primary-source documents, such as tax lists, city directories, and probate records.
  • General Catalogues — Search by Subject –  205 titles in Genealogy
  • Ancestry Library Edition – Ancestry Library Edition – 5 billion+ names in 4,000+ collections.  Trace family lineage, locate historical records previously not available online.  NOTE: Available from within the Cranford Public Library only.

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