County Archives to marks its 25th year by sharing key pieces in collection  

MANALAPAN, NJ– The Monmouth County Archives is celebrating its own milestone at the 2012 Archives and History Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Rd.

As the county’s caretaker of historic documents for the past 25 years, the staff has prepared an exhibit that is a sampler of the historical material the Archives has organized so far. “Windows to the Past: Forty Documents from the Collection” includes 40 items, 38 facsimiles and two newly printed photographs, that will be on display through Oct. 31 and the library headquarters.  

“Each document is a frame or a window in a special kind of a museum” Monmouth County Archivist Gary Saretzky said. “As we look through the window, we may imagine another day, perhaps just an ordinary day, in another era. Although some items are rather atypical, as the exceptional tends to command our attention more than the mundane, the collection includes samples from a number of the our most frequently referenced record series.”

Included in the collection are:

  • 1752 pledge of servitude by Mary Jeffery of Squan [now Manasquan], who pledged her son’s allegiance to Cristoffil Longstreet, a shoemaker and tanner, for seven years,
  • 1842 legal action between Richard S. Hartshorne vs. James P. Allaire,
  • 1870 deed record of Ulysses S. Grant’s purchase of a seaside cottage in Elberon, and
  • 1924 indictment of a bootlegger

Archives and History Day will also features a New Jersey History Forum with a discussion of the Revolutionary War, a seminar on National History Day, a history game and more than 60 exhibitors showcase and promoting the history of the area. A complete schedule of the day’s events can be found at www.visitmonmouth.com

At 1 p.m., historian Michael Adelberg, the featured speaker, will talk about the razing of Tinton Falls during the American Revolution.  At 11:30 a.m. the Jane Clayton Award will be presented to Wayne T. “Ted” Bell Jr. of Ocean Grove who is recognized for his lectures and demonstrations on such subjects as American pattern glass of 1830 to 1910, stained-glass windows, Victorian architecture, wildflowers of New Jersey and the history of camp meetings.

“Mr. Bell has done an excellent job chronicling the local history of Ocean Grove with a special emphasis on the Great Auditorium,” County Clerk M. Claire French said. “It is largely because of his work in the 1970s that the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting is a National Historic Site.”

As the County Clerk, Mrs. French is responsible for the keeping of the county’s records. And it was French’s predecessor County Clerk Jane G. Clayton who established the Monmouth County Archives in 1987 and for whom the annual award is named.

Tours of the Monmouth County Archives will be available by advance registration.  If you are interested in the 2 p.m. tour, contact Shelagh Reilly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..