The Summit Free Public Library in Summit, New Jersey has free, digitized Summit historical newspapers, Summit historical minutes, and offers genealogy databases like Ancestry Library Edition, Fold3, Heritage Quest, and New Jersey Digital Highway.




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Summit Daily Life Records



Summit Historical Minute — When Councilman Robert Rubino served as Common Council President he introduced a “Summit Historical Minute” at the beginning of each Council meeting to encourage awareness of our City’s rich history. This feature highlights people and places in Summit, researched and presented by Summit High School students and residents.

January 15, 2019 Summit’s Connection to F. Scott Fitzgerald and Great Gatsby

September 4, 2018 Summit Revolutionary War Beacon

June 6, 2018 Fountain Baptist Church Historical Marker Resolution

May 15, 2018 Summit Architecture

April 3, 2018 Township of Summit

March 20, 2018 Reeves Reed Arboretum

February 21, 2018 Summit Sports

December 19, 2017 Thomas Worthington Whittredge

December 5, 2017 Deserted Village

November 13, 2017 The Other Castle in Summit

November 1, 2017 World War I Veterans in Summit

September 19, 2017 Elwood Cornog Field House

September 5, 2017 Signers of the Constitution from Union County, New Jersey

June 20, 2017 History of the Municipal Pool

June 7, 2017 History of the Horse Trough

May 16, 2017 Summit YMCA Swim Team and the 1964 Tokyo Olmpics

April 4, 2017 Summit’s Connection to the “Crime of the Century”

April 18, 2017 Silk Production in Summit

March 7, 2017 History of Worthington Whittredge

February 14, 2017 Women in World War I

January 17, 2016 Father of Rose Greenhouses

Dec. 6, 2016 Vanderpoel Castle

Nov. 14, 2016 War Veterans – Hans Kopp and William Vito Giovannello

July 26, 2016 Summit Municipal Golf Course

May 17, 2016 Unity Club of Summit

April 5, 2016 Beacon Hill Club

March 1, 2016 Overlook Hospital

February 17, 2016 Summit Free Public Library

January 19, 2016 Summit Diner

December 15, 2015 First Woman to hold a public position in Summit

December 1, 2015 Summit and the Revolutionary War

November 15, 2015 History of the Patch of the Summit Police Department

November 15, 2015 Minibus Service in Summit

November 4, 2015 History of Martin’s Brook

November 4, 2015 Summit Becomes a City

October 6, 2015 Columbus Day

September 22, 2015 History of the Public Schools

September 5, 2015 Rev. Florence Spearing Randolph

July 7, 2015 Marjorie Cranstoun Jefferson/Summit Playhouse




The Summit Herald 1897-2006 –searchable database

Observer 2006 –searchable database

Dispatch 2004 –searchable database

Herald-Dispatch 2006-2007 –searchable database

Union County Local Source 2008-2018 –searchable database




Modern Helps

Summit Modern Helps


Summit Free Public Library Databases for research

Ancestry Library Edition

Fold 3

Heritage Quest

New Jersey Digital Library



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