Archives: Historic Photo Collection

The Beginning of East Orange

Timothy W. Mulford’s wheelwright shop, on the left, on Main Street between Walnut and Burnet Streets was the site of the election of the first Township Committee, on April 16, 1863, after the separation from Orange. Township Committee meetings were first held in the office of Moses H. Williams at 251 Main Street (Stuart, Mark A., and Jessie W. Boutillier. A Centennial History of East Orange. East Orange, NJ: East Orange Centennial Committee, 1964).

Reference Room 1916

In 1916, the Reference Room contained data that covered more than 250,000 subjects. Today, between our print collection and our databases, you can research thousands of topics with access to millions of records. You can also learn new skills to stimulate your mind and enhance your life. For more information on the services and resources we offer, call 973-266-7049 or email

Children’s Story Hour 1960

This photograph was taken on March 30, 1960, in the Children’s Room of the Main Branch of the East Orange Public Library. At that time, the library was located on the corner of Main Street and Munn Avenue, East Orange, New Jersey. The Children’s Department of the library continues to provide various services and resources for the children of the city, such as grab-and-go craft kits. For more information on children’s events, services, and resources, call 973-266-5627.

Congratulations, Graduates!

The students in this photograph were members of the graduating class of 1905 at Franklin School. Charles Webster was the principal. Whitney Houston attended Franklin School as a young child. As an adult, she would visit the school to support and inspire students and staff alike. In 1997, Franklin School was renamed the Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts.