The Society's research library is open to the public. There is a $5.00 research fee for non-members. Members have free access to the library and receive discounts on the cost of copies.
Our library contains extensive materials for both genealogical and historical research including historic books, manuscripts, documents, scrapbooks, photographs and a microfilm library of old newspapers from throughout the county.
A staff librarian or knowledgeable volunteers are on hand to assist you. Limited information may be offered over the telephone, so please see Research Request, if this is your interest.
Books on the history of Salem County and its people, along with maps of the area are available for purchase. We also sell a small selection of postcards, Society publications, and several types of stationery. [Visit our "Buy Books Online" section]
The Library Collections
The collections of the Josephine Jaquette Memorial Library constitute one of southern New Jersey’s most important genealogical and local history resources. Begun over a century ago, the collection includes primary and secondary resources from the 17th to the 20th centuries reflecting the civic, cultural, social and family history of Salem County, NJ — site of the oldest permanent English-speaking settlement in the Delaware Valley.
The collections include:
- Deeds (17th - 20th c., unrecorded and recorded)
- Surveys and survey maps (17th - 20th c.)
- Legal documents (1674-1941)
- Diaries and journals (17th -20th c)
- Quaker records (17th - 20th c.)
- Business and organization records (18th - 20th c)
- Church and cemetery records (18th - 20th c)
- U.S. Census records (1830-1930)
- New Jersey Census records (1885, 1895, 1905 and 1915)
- Salem County newspapers (microfilm; 19th -20th c)
- Photography collections (19th - 20th c)
- Indexed scrapbooks (19th-20th c)
- Maps (18th-20th c.)
- City and County Directories (19th-20th c)
- Family files (genealogies, Bible records, photographs)
- Family indexes (marriages; deaths)
- Subject files of local topics
- Secondary sources including ship passenger lists, wills, and periodicals (New Jersey and Pennsylvania)