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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, 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!

New Jersey Photographers: Union County

Winter-Spring Genealogy Class Series

9th Annual Photography Contest Theme Announced!

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:


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