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Library & Archives

The MCHA Library & Archives is a rich source of information on Monmouth County history and genealogy. Hours are Wednesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. There is an admission charge of $5 for adults, $2.50 for seniors, which also includes admission to the museum exhibits. Admission for members is free.

Pencils only. No pens, food or drink are allowed. Laptops may be used, and the library has wifi availability. Scanners and digital cameras may be used, and photocopies can be made for 35-cents each, all at the discretion of the librarian on a case-by-case basis.


The Library & Archives is closed the first two weeks of February for Annual Inventory. 

Please join us for our next Historically Speaking Lecture: "Bog Iron and Base Ball" on Wednesday, September 16, 7 p.m. at the Red Bank Public Library. See our Facebook page for more information.


What's new:

We are adding the Pach Brothers Studio photographs, digitized a few years ago with a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, onto the New Jersey Digital Highway at Rutgers University. We will be ever adding to this portal but wanted to share it with you now. Click here to get to NJDH and happy browsing!

We are pleased to be able to offer the Index to Will Abstracts as published by "The Monmouth Connection" (newsletter of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society). It is updated annually in February and is now available in two volumes.  Will Abstracts 2001 - 2013 and Will Abstracts 2013-2015.

Also, you can use FamilySearch, which is a free site and includes a lot of New Jersey documents, and the New Jersey State Archives which includes indexes for birth, marriage and death records. The 1940 census is also available online for free, and is indexed at FamilySearch. Another helpful research tool is the Social Security Death Index.

 The Hartshorne Family Papers are now available for researcher use. Due to expected demand, appointments are encouraged to use the collection during regular library hours Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Please call 732-462-1466. Search the finding aid online here: Hartshorne Family Papers to prepare for your visit.

 The online notes for Michael Adelberg's recently published book, "The American Revolution in Monmouth County - The Theatre of Spoil and Destruction," are available through MCHA. These extensive notes, plus an extra essay, were not included in the book published by The History Press. To access the 51-page manuscript (PDF), click here.

 The Library offers our patrons the use of an Optelec 20/20 viewer. Usually used by those with diminished vision, this machine is also helpful when viewing those hard-to-read handwritten faded documents. We ask that you make an appointment if you'd like to use the machine. 

Don't let your years of dedicated genealogical research wind up in the garbage. Please consider making provisions for them in your will. Click here for a sample form.


Online Catalog Included in the catalog are books, manuscript collections, and vertical files. We recommend that you check the Online Catalog AND the Manuscript Collections (below). 

Manuscript Collections There are over 900 manuscript collections, some comprised of several boxes, others with only a few items. The titles are listed here, along with on-line finding aids where available. We recommend that you check the Manuscript Collections AND the Online Catalog (above). Also check the searchable PDF for Collections Alphabetical (below) for older processed collections.

Collections Alphabetical Before MCHA collections were numbered, manuscripts were organized alphabetically. As we retro-catalog these early collections into our online database, researchers can use our searchable PDF finding aid. Collections Alphabetical consists of papers of individuals. 

Subjects Alphabetical Before MCHA collections were numbered and arranged by creator, manuscripts were organized by subject. As we retro-catalog these early collections into our online database, researchers can use our searchable PDF finding aid.

History Resources Historical resources include documents, business records, maps, photographs, post cards, archaeology reports, newspapers and clippings, ephemera, and publications.

Genealogy Resources Genealogical resources include books, magazines, indices, family histories, files, cemetery inscriptions, obituaries, censuses, city directories, and tax records.

Services We offer several services for those unable to visit our Library.

Guidelines & Fees for Ordering Images The Library & Archives has thousands of images that can be used for research and study purposes.

Library Collections Publication Guidelines The Library & Archives has thousands of images that can be used for publication.

Information Elsewhere There are many other organizations throughout the county and state that may be of interest to researchers. Some are listed here with their contact information. 

Give the gift of history! Check out our list of publications for sale in our bookstore. Just click on the "Shop" button to the left and browse the titles we have available. 

Support us by shopping through ShopForMuseums.com It is free to participate and a portion of your purchases comes to the MCHA!  


During the winter months, MCHA follows the Freehold Borough Schools regarding closings and delays due to snow. Please check their website before heading out.


This page updated 1 September 2015

This website was funded by the Marion Huber Trust

Copyright © 2015 Monmouth County Historical Association. All rights reserved. The contents of this site, including all images and text, are for personal, educational, non-commercial use only and may not be reproduced in any form without the permission of Monmouth County Historical Association.

Museum & Library
70 Court Street
Freehold, NJ 07728
Monmouth County Historical Association received a general operating grant from the the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, and an Institutional and Financial Stabilization Grant from the New Jersey Cultural Trust, a division of the Department of State.
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