The Albert Payson Terhune Library is dedicated to the preservation of local resources unique to Montclair. It is open year-round, free of charge to MHS members, for research with assistance available by appointment.
The library collection includes 1,600 books, 800 pamphlets, 400 slides and glass plates, 300 photographs, 30 maps, plus periodicals, archival materials, Crane and Speer family papers, scrap books, photographs, postcards, lantern slides, memorabilia and artifacts where visitors may research questions relating to Montclair’s history, architecture and genealogy. The primary focus of the collection is the history of Montclair and 18th and 19th century New Jersey. The collection is useful for researching family history, local residences/neighborhoods and local organizations. You may view a finding aid of our resources available.
There is a large collection of Montclair postcards available for research by subject area: homes, parks, churches, street scenes and misc. The manuscript collection contains many documents including original letters, receipts, wills, diaries, photographs, etc. Historic maps are available for review by researchers.
Using the Library
The Montclair Historical Society welcomes people who are interested in using our collections to conduct historical research, find out about the history of their home, or discover their genealogical roots. You may schedule an appointment to use the research library during normal operating hours, Tuesday through Friday 8:30 AM AM – 2 PM. We ask that a $5 donation be made to the Montclair Historical Society if you come in to use the research library. Montclair Historical Society members may use the research library for free.