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The Jersey Journal Historical Archive provides unprecedented access to Jersey City’s history through the lens of our local daily newspaper, The Jersey Journal. Your Library Card is the key to the full contents of the newspaper, completely indexed and searchable by keyword!

You can use the Archive to find information about:

  • major historical events;
  • your home, local park, or neighborhood;
  • birth, marriage, or death notices of relatives;
  • sports scores from decades past;
  • fascinating vintage photos and advertisements;
  • and much more!

And best of all, the Archive is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from anywhere with an internet connection! Our knowledgeable librarians in the New Jersey Room are also available in person or by phone to help you find what you are looking for.

Access the Archive now!

 The Archive currently provides full-page view of the Jersey Journal for the years 1876 to 1977, and full text of the paper from 1999 to present. The remainder of the paper is in the process of being digitized and will be available soon!

You Can Help Preserve Jersey City History! 

The Jersey Journal Historical Archive is currently available to the Library on a trial basis. In order to acquire the rights to the digital newspaper and provide permanent access to the collection, we need your help! The costs of digitizing the newspaper are high – but with your contribution, we can get it done.

Our goal is to raise $100,000 by the end of this year to ensure continued access to the archive, and we seek to raise the total cost of the entire archive – $965,000 – by 2025.

Please help us preserve this critical archive and provide all of Jersey City’s residents with a window into our shared history. Make a tax-deductible donation today!

You can make your contribution online by clicking here or by sending a check or money order to:

Jersey City Free Public Library
New Jersey Room
472 Jersey Ave.
Jersey City, NJ 07302

If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to New Jersey Room Manager Cynthia Harris at 201-547-4503 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank You!