NJSAA Events

Lecture - Carnegie Libraries in New Jersey

Thursday, August 9 at 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Elizabeth Public Library
11 S Broad St, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07202

Please join the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance and the Union County Cultural & Heritage Commission at the Elizabeth Public Library for a presentation by Eleonora Dubicki on "Carnegie Libraries in New Jersey, 1900-1923." Elizabeth Public Library is one of only 20 Carnegie Libraries of the original 36 left in the state that still operates as a public library.

This presentation is part of a summer series about the Carnegie Libraries. On Wednesday, June 13th at 6 pm, there will be a panel of representatives from 5 Union County Carnegie Libraries: Cranford, Elizabeth, Plainfield, Summit and Westfield. An exhibit about the construction and 1912 opening of the Elizabeth Public Library will be on display July 2-28th. All events are free and open to the public.

Carnegie libraries constructed in the early 1900s through the philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie played a significant role in transforming the library movement from subscription libraries for special interest groups to free public libraries with services accessible by all. Of the 1,412 communities in the United States to build Carnegie libraries, 29 communities in New Jersey benefited from this program. This presentation based on a research project draws primarily on original correspondence between New Jersey communities seeking library building funds and Andrew Carnegie. The letters supporting funding applications create a unique demographic and economic snapshot of New Jersey communities during the early 1900s when the Carnegie libraries were erected in the state. 

Eleonora Dubicki is a reference and instruction librarian at Monmouth University. She has published two books and more than a dozen articles on topics in the field of library and information science. The primary focus of her research is on information literacy and information seeking behaviors. She holds an undergraduate degree in American Studies from Douglass College and a MLS and MBA from Rutgers University.

If you are working in New Jersey studies and would like to present your current research, please contact program coordinator Laura Poll at lmpoll84@gmail.com.

Past Events

  • Joanne Rajoppi,  former journalist, "Northern Women in the Aftermath of the Civil War" (co-hosted with the Monmouth County Library Headquarters)

  • Frank J. Esposito and Donald Lokuta, authors, of "Victorian New Jersey - Photographs by Guillermo Thorn from the Kean University Collection." 
  • Robert McGreeveyThe College of New Jersey, "Trenton's Early Civil Rights Activists" (co-hosted with the Trenton Free Public Library)
  • Phillip Papas, Union County College, "Renegade Revolutionary: The Life of General Charles Lee
  • Jean Soderlund, Lehigh University, "The Lenape Indians and Colonial West Jersey"
  • Brian Regal, Kean University, "The Jersey Devil: The Real Story"
  • John Delaney, Princeton University Library, “Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888”
  • Bob Vietrogoski, Rutgers University, George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences, “How New Jersey’s Governors Created the State Medical Education System”
  • Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi, author, “The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion”
  • Raymond Frey, Centenary College, “The History of Centenary College in Hackettstown”
  • Gary Saretzky, Monmouth County Archives, "Photographers of Middlesex County" and “New Jersey’s Civil War Photographers”
  • Lucia McMahon, William Paterson University, “Mere Equals: The Paradox of Educated Women in the Early American Republic”
  • Bill Marsh, Monmouth University, “Why Lincoln Lost New Jersey Twice”
  • Gordon Bond, author, “My Patron: The Friendship of James Parker and Benjamin Franklin”
  • John Fea, Messiah College, “Philip Vickers Fithian: An 18th Century Jersey Boy”
  • Maxine N. Lurie, Seton Hall University, "17th Century New Jersey"