About Trentoniana

The Trenton Free Public Library is home to Trentoniana, a local history and genealogy collection containing books, photographs, films, oral histories, scrapbooks, business records, personal papers, maps, newspapers, and ephemera that help researchers explore the rich history of the City of Trenton, New Jersey.

A significant portion of the collection consists of local newspapers (most on microfilm - see the Microfilm page for a list of titles) printed in Trenton from 1778 to the present.

Several indexes to parts of the collection are available, with more finding aids being created and made available (see the Finding Aids to Collections page). We also have an oral histories portal hosted by the Internet Archives (please pardon our appearance as we work on updating it).

College students work with the collection every semester. Check out the “Mapping Migration: Chambersburg in the 1920s” project that uses 60 employee records from the Roebling’s Sons Company, created by Irma Qavolli in Princeton University’s Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship.

Internships (unpaid) are available throughout the year. More information is available here.


Follow us!

Follow @trentoniana1906 on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! We’ve uploaded films to our YouTube channel. Our Flickr page (TrentonianaCollection) contains over 350 unidentified photographs - can you help us? We also have a Tumblr page that we’ll be adding to soon.

(Logo by student Michel Chen from the Interactive Multimedia Design Perspectives class at The College of New Jersey, Fall 2016)