Local History

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. 

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.



Obituary Indexes

Passenger Indexes

Atlases and Maps

Sanborn Maps – Paterson: Online access to maps from 1887 through 1923.


(Click here for Sanborn maps of other New Jersey towns and cities.)



City Directories

Journals, Magazines, and Newsletters

New Jersey State Archives, has the following databases: Colonial Marriages, 1666 – 1799; Marriages, 1848 – 1878; Death Records, 1878 – 1890; Legal Name Changes, 1847 – 1947; 1885 NJ State Census; Civil War Service Records; Civil War Vouchers; and World War I Deaths.


Passaic County Clerk’s Office, has Naturalization and Property Search Databases