Local History

Genealogical resources available at the Local History Center include newspapers, census data, maps, city directories, Soundex, passenger indexes, journals and, last but not least, we have an extensive obituary index of the residents of Paterson 1905-1997 that is periodically updated when time permits. 

The PALS Plus Reference Committee has prepared a Pathfinder to help one understand some of the prominent resources for NJ Local History and genealogical research.

All access into the Local History Room and Collection will be by appointment only.  Schedule appointments through the Reference Department – 973-321-1223 ext. 2295 or via e-mail.  Our Local History Librarian is Bruce Bardarik.