Van Kirk Collection
The Allentown Public Library holds an extensive reference collection of books, monographs, personal papers, maps and more that chronicle New Jersey history focusing on local and genealogical materials. The archive is named the Van Kirk Collection in honor of Bernyce Van Kirk, who served as head librarian from 1969 to 1994.
Allentown has a rich and varied history. Long-time Allentown resident John Fabiano serves as the executive director of the Monmouth County Historical Commission. He is an avid local history expert who has conducted extensive research on Allentown history. Below are various items of interest he has compiled over the years.
A number of the articles are reprinted with permission from the Allentown Messenger and the Messenger Press. Digital copies of the publications can be accessed through newspapers.com for free by patrons who visit the Allentown Library.