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Local History

The Main Library offers a variety of sources for patrons seeking local history or genealogy information. Some of the material we offer includes:

                Online databases:
                                Ancestry - Library Edition   (in-Library use only)
                                World Vital Records   (Accessible from home with your library card)
City directories


                Local news sources:

                                The Herald News

                                The Clifton Times

                                The Clifton Journal

                                The Clifton Leader

                                The Dateline Journal – now The Clifton Journal

                                The Clifton Merchant

                Clifton history books, such as:

                                The Clifton Sampler

                                This is Clifton

                                Clifton: Then & Now

                                50th and 75th Anniversary commemoratives


                Scrapbooks, photos, and other ephemera donated to the library


For patrons who are unable to use the library facilities (such as those inquiring from out-of-state), the library board has passed the following policy:


Fee for Genealogical & Local History Research


As always, assistance will be provided to individuals who come to the Clifton Public Library to conduct genealogical and historical research. The only cost to these patrons will be the copy charges that they incur during the course of their research.


Requests that require information (limited to the collection available at the library) to be sent by mail or e-mail will incur a $5.00 fee per name, payable in advance by money order.


Reproductions of images in the Local History Collection may be made by the staff using a scanner. The cost for the reproduction is $5.00 per image.When the images become available in a digital format, the public may reproduce non-copyrighted images on their own equipment outside the library with no additional charges from the library.


Amended 9/20/06


Please send inquiries to:

Kathy Grimshaw, Reference Department

Clifton Public Library

292 Piaget Avenue

Clifton, NJ 07011


Or contact her by phone:973-772-5500

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