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The Society maintains a library and archives containing an extensive bound book document collection that includes maps, periodicals, photographs, census records, newspapers and genealogies. (See a partial list of our collections.) The Society also provides assistance to researchers and encourages historical studies.


Note: The library will be closed on any Tuesday or second Saturday falling right before or on a major holiday unless notification otherwise

The public is welcome to use the SCHS library during our regular hours:

Every Tuesday, noon to 3:00 PM, and the

second Saturday of each month, throughout the year, noon to 3:00 PM

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Society Publications for Sale (See order form for additional information.)

    1873 "Beers" Atlas of Somerset
This high-quality, SCHS reprint of the 1873 Beers Atlas of Somerset County, NJ, contains 62 pages of historic, engraved maps of communities with names of property owners.

Most plates have a table listing business names by category. The atlas also includes many tables of county data from the 1870 census.

  62 pages  $25.00 plus $5.00 postage


             Somerset County

            Historical Quarterly

      1982 Commemorative Issue

This issue was published in 1982, on the 100th anniversary of the SCHS founding. It faithfully copies the style and format of the original magazine published by the Society during the years 1912-19. The SCHS quarterlies are still considered by many as the best source for Somerset County history.

  80 pages $12.00 plus $5.00 postage



         The American Eagle's Nest

                   by Carl E. Prince

A history of General Washington's encampment at Middlebrook, NJ, during the winter of 1777-78. Prince provides a detailed account of this often neglected period of the American Revolution. This well-written history focuses attention on the importance of Somerset County, the Watchung Mountains, and Washington's strategy in selecting the Middlebrook location. The book is based on Prince's masters thesis submitted to Rutgers University in 1957.

     87 pages $8.00 plus $3.00 postage


      Somerset County

          in Vintage Postcards

               by Alan A. Siegel

Between 1890 and 1920s, postcards were a popular means of keeping in touch with friends and family. Postcard photographers traveled widely taking photographs of local landmarks and street scenes. Crowds often assembled and were happy to pose for the pictures. These images, printed as postcards and sold in general stores, survive today and provide an important glimpse into the history of a bygone era.

  128 pages $22.00 plus $5.00 postage




      North of the Rariton Lotts

         edited by Edward J. Maas

Based on the research undertaken by residents of from Martinsville who were interested in preserving the history of their village for future scholars. The volume traces the earliest history of the land between the first two Watchung Mountains, through the Revolutionary War to the recent past.


  256 pages $25.00 plus $5.00 postage

To order a publication, please print the SCHS order form. Mail the completed form with a check payable to "Somerset County Historical Society" to the address indicated.