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Millburn Township Historical Archives

The documents that you find on these pages are the result of an ongoing arrangement between the Millburn Free Public Library and the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society. The Society’s collection of local newspapers from the late 19th century and the mid-to-late 20th century provide invaluable week-to-week information about the full range of life in the community. Its newsletter, The Thistle, gives historical analysis and anecdotes about people and events that might otherwise be lost and forgotten

The mission of the non-profit Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society is to encourage interest in local history, and to preserve and disseminate relevant information concerning Millburn Township. It carries out this mission by the acquisition, preservation, interpretation, and exhibition of artifacts from Millburn's and Short Hills' past, particularly as expressed through its people, architecture, commerce, education, and topography. The Library is pleased to bring its technological resources to the partnership with the Historical Society in making this continually evolving collection available to the public.


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A History of Millburn Township by Marian Meisner
 

Marian Meisner wrote about it all -- from Millburn in the Ice Age to Millburn in the Space Age. Her exhaustive study of the history of the Township -- or Rum Brook or Vauxhall or Millville as it was sometimes called -- is the definitive resource for anyone with a question about or interest in Millburn's history.

According to her January 5, 1995 obituary in the Item, Marian Meisner was a Short Hills resident for 50 years. It further notes that in conjunction with the township's 1957 centennial celebration she researched and published a meticulous and thorough series of articles which were collected and presented to the community’s residents in the 1957 centennial book simply called Millburn; 1857-1957. That book is still available for loan in the Library, but the full history can also be found as the e-book that is accessible here.
 


 


'Milburn' Newspapers of the 19th Century

 
The Budget - 1886
 

The Budget ... of 1886 is an extremely rare 'Milburn' newspaper. The bound volume in the collection of the historical society is so extremely fragile that it cannot safely be handled by visitors to the museum. This digitized version, then, is a rare look at a newspaper that is not even in the state archives of NJ newspapers.

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The Item - 1889 - 1891

The Item, the familiar weekly source of Millburn-Short Hills news, editorials and advertising specials began publication as a monthly paper in 1888 as The Short Hills News Item at a subscription id rate of $1.00 per year.  It became a bi-weekly paper in 1891.  These issues offer a glimpse into an earlier world through the eyes and pens of the people of Milburn Short Hills.
 



When Millburn Went to War
 

A very special collection of rare World War Two documents from Millburn's past.  Included are the issues of the Millburn-Short Hills Item from 1941 through 1945, the issues of the Town Tattler, a newsletter written for Millburn's servicemen and their families and the Alert, Millburn's Civil Defense newsletter.  This rare and fragile material has been digitized so that it may be viewed by the widest possible audience and saved for posterity.

 


 
Issues of The Item of Millburn and Short Hills

 

* The Library has archived copies of the Item...

 

** The following issues are only available within the Library

** NEW available only within the Library — on-line Item issues...

* Using a Library computer or your device connected to our Wi-Fi or from the Internet.
** Using a Library computer or your device connected to our Wi-Fi.

 



The Thistle
 

The Thistle ... is the newsletter of the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society. Every issue of the Thistle ever printed can be seen here and within each edition readers can find fascinating stories about Millburn and Short Hills and some of the colorful local residents. Learn about the history of the poor farm formerly at White Oak Ridge Park, Will Bradley, Taylor Park, and much, much more.

 



The City Directories
1850 - 1981

 

Before the Internet, before the Yellow Pages there were the City Directories. These volumes, once indispensible to businesses in town are now great sources of historical data about the businesses and people of Summit, Millburn, and Springfield. Illustrating the difficulties in finding (and preserving) this kind of treasure, the earliest directories, those prior to 1898, are typed copies or even hand copied listings. We have the directories of 1898, 1908 - 1924 (even years), 1925, 1928-9, 1932 - 1970 (even years) and 1973, 1976, 1979 and 1981. Later issues contain sequential (reverse lookup) phone listings.


 
 
 
 
A History of Millburn Township  by Marian Meisner

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The Thistle
The Newsletter of the Millburn Historical Society
First issue Volume 1, Number 1
Volume 1, Number 2 Volume 1, Number 3
Volume 1, Number 4 Volume 2, Number 1
Volume 2, Number 2 Volume 2, Number 3
Volume 3, Number 1 Volume 3, Number 2
Volume 3, Number 3 Volume 4, Number 1
Volume 4, Number 2 Volume 4, Number 3
Volume 5, Number 1 Volume 5, Number 2
Volume 5, Number 3 Volume 6, Number 1
Volume 6, Number 2 Volume 6, Number 3
Volume 7, Number 1 Volume 7, Number 2
Volume 7, Number 3 Volume 8, Number1
Volume 8, Number2 Volume 8, Number3
Volume 9, Number1 Volume 9, Number2
Volume 9, Number3 Volume 10, Number1
Volume 10, Number2 Volume 11
Volume 12 Volume 13
 Volume 14 Volume 15
Volume 16 Volume 17
Volume 18 Volume 19
Volume 20 Volume 21
Volume 22 Volume 23
Volume 24 Volume 25
Volume 26 Volume 27
Volume 28 Volume 29
Volume 30 Volume 31
Volume 32 Volume 33
Volume 34 Volume 35
Volume 36 Volume 37
Volume 40  
 
 
The Budget
A weekly newspaper published in Milburn, NJ
February 03, 1886 February 10, 1886
February 17, 1886 February 24, 1886
March 3, 1886 March 10, 1886
March 17, 1886 March 24, 1886
March 31, 1886 April 7, 1886
April 14, 1886 April 21, 1886
April 28, 1886 May 5, 1886
May 12, 1886 May 19, 1886
May 26, 1886 June 2, 1886
June 9, 1886 June 16, 1886
June 23, 1886 June 30, 1886
July 7, 1886 July 14, 1886
July 21, 1886 July 28, 1886
August 4, 1886 August 11, 1886
August 18, 1886 August 25, 1886
September 1, 1886 September 8, 1886
September 15, 1886 September 22, 1886
September 29, 1886 October 6, 1886
October 13, 1886 October 20, 1886
October 27, 1886 November 3, 1886
November 10, 1886 November 17, 1886
November 24, 1886 December 1, 1886
December 8, 1886 December 16, 1886
December 22, 1886 December 29, 1886
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