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Local History, Genealogy,
& Special Collections

Our Local History Collection, the largest in Union County, is composed of books, documents, photographs, blueprints, maps, newspapers, personal papers, and local organizations' records of significance in Plainfield and the surrounding communities. In addition to County and State histories. We also have publications on the American Revolution and the Civil War. Our unique collections include Local Authors and Diversity Studies.

Local History Info


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Our historical collections include Plainfield history, fine art, genealogy, diversity studies, oral history, personal papers & manuscripts, records of local organizations, Jerseyana, and United States history, as well as the original Library collection from the 1800’s. There is also an additional set of books on subjects that support our collections such as photography, art, architecture, and historic preservation.


Be sure to check out the Genealogy page!

The Local History, Genealogy and Special Collections
are held in closed stacks.


Some publications make take a few seconds to download.

Library Newsletter - Local History Special Edition, October 2014

Library Newsletter - Local History Special Edition, May 2014

Library Newsletter - Local History Special Edition, February 2014

Library Newsletter - Local History Special Edition, August 2010



(Adobe PDF file - download Adobe)


In Appreciation

The Local History Department is supported by funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State; the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs;
the Plainfield Foundation; the Plainfield Cultural & Heritage Commission; and the Friends of the Plainfield Public Library.



What's New!

Photo Contest Exhibit
Now Online

Building Faith in Plainfield:
Exploring the City's History through its Houses of Worship
Exhibition Now Online

Researching A Plainfield Home
Historical Plainfield Scrapbooks
Local Records Index & Transcription
(new indexes added in May 2014)
Recent Accessions
Courier News Obituary Index

(updated December 2013)


Digital Archive
Search Image Collections

DigiArchOur digital image collections are constantly growing, and are composed of over 55,000 photographs, postcards, and blueprints. All of these records are viewable online. In addition, patrons can access Plainfield's historical city directories and the Plainfield Daily Press newspaper from library computers. Some of our special digital projects include:


Reproduction Fees

B&W Photocopies 25 cents per page
Color Photocopies $2 per page
Digital Scans $2 per page
Computer Printouts 25 cents per page
Microfilm Printouts 25 cetns per page
Blueprints $5 per page (11" x 17")

Certain items are too fragile to be photocopied or scanned. In some cases, the items may be photographed by Library staff and the images printed or saved to CD for patron use. Please see forms below for details about our specific policies regarding visual materials and documents.

Patrons unable to come into the Library are able to pay online via PayPal. Contact the Local History Department at
908-757-1111 x136 for more information.


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