As one of the biggest libraries in Bergen County, and by virtue of Hackensack’s status as the county seat of Bergen County, JPL has always made sure to maintain a strong collection of local history volumes for the research-inclined members.

The Taffe history room is located in the original part of the library which opened in 1901.  This lovely, quiet room has a portrait of Senator Johnson above the non-functioning fireplace.  We house historical books about the library, the city, the county and the state in this room.  Among the titles of interest:

  • City directories for Hackensack:1879, 1898-1903, 1906-1926, 1947-1956. Some of these directories were published by the railroad companies and include other towns north of Hackensack on the railroad line.
  • Bergen County Historic Site Surveys of each town in the county.  These were published in 1983.
  • City of Hackensack Master Plan 1958, 1975, 1990
  • The Night We Stopped the Trolley by Earl Schenck Miers
  • Report on a Survey of Bergen County Libraries, 1968
  • Holy Trinity Parish, 125 years
  • The Old Church on the Green
  • New Jersey State Industrial Directory 1901-1992 (with gaps)
  • Walker Atlas of Bergen County 1876
  • The Record Index 1959-1981
  • Public Libraries in New Jersey 1750-1850
  • Catalog and Bulletin of the Johnson Public Library 1901-1906
  • Black Man in the White House; Forty Years a Guinea Pig; Way Down South Up North – all by E. Frederic Morrow