Local History

Locate material from our extensive local history collection in one of two ways.  You can create a search using the Search Archives feature OR click on the other buttons to browse for specific documents. 

Some buttons complete an “auto search” for those titles.  For instance, clicking on The Township Tattle button will list all Township Tattles in the results box below. 

To bring back to the main search function, click the Search Archives button anytime.

 Note:  Some files (such as the City Directories) are quite large and may take a while to open.

There are a number of abbreviations in the City Directories so please use this document to help you understand the listings.

About this collection

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.