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Newark's 300th Anniversary Collection (1964 - 1966)
RepositoryNewark Public Library, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center
Collection IDMG Nwk 300th
Size2 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Collection Description
The Newark 300th Anniversary Corporation was established in September of 1965 to create and co-ordinate events commemorating Newark's anniversary on Founders' Day (May 18th), and throughout the year of 1966. The Corporation included President Frederick H. Groel, a retired vice-president of the Prudential Insurance Company; Administrator John N. Pannullo, a Newark native, and an associate of the public relations firm William G. Hetherington and Co.; and honorary co-chairmen Mayor Hugh J. Addonizio, President of the City Council Ralph A. Villani, and Milford A. Vieser, president of the Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce, among others. Events included a parade attended by a quarter of a million spectators, exhibits, concerts, fairs, and other programs.

NOTE: An interesting project associated with the 300th anniversary is, �Newark 300: A Students� Topical Review,� edited by Nicholas G. LaRocca (privately printed, Newark: Essex Catholic High School, 300 Broadway, February 1966). The illustrated volume, which is available at the Newark Public Library (call no. 974.932 N4228) and other Newark libraries, consists of a series of short essays including overviews of Newark history, city departments, individual industries and businesses, religions, cultural institutions, and personalities.
Collection Contents
Box 1: contains five copies of "Founders Day, Newark, May 18, 1966," signed by Frederick H. Groel; 3 flags commemorating the anniversary; photocopies of correspondence of city officials and of the 300th Anniversary Corporation regarding the planning of programs and events (1964-1965); and an accordion file of photocopied clippings relating to anniversary events, arranged chronologically (1965-1966)

Box 2: contains 3 folders entitled "Illustrations," with photographs of floats, bands, historic vehicles, organizations, and aerial views of the anniversary parade; of Veronica Tyler, a soprano, who was the Founder's Day soloist at Symphony Hall and at a dinner at Robert Treat Hotel; of a health fair held at Lincoln Park; of an exhibit sponsored by the PTA; and of a variety of unidentified speakers, award recipients, and attendees at parties and banquets. The bulk of the photographs are black and white 8" x 10"images, taken by professional photographers.

Box 2 also contains 2 folders of programs of events commemorating the anniversary including Founder's Day and the inaugural season of the Metropolitan Opera National Company performances at Symphony Hall; a folder labeled "Events-Schedules," with lists of events held in May 1966 and throughout the year; a folder labeled "Summary Descendants Activities," with a report of the Descendants of the Founders Committee, material related to the rededication of the Old Settlers Monument at Fairmount Cemetery, ephemera, and a list (incomplete) of the descendants with addresses; multiple copies of a map of the parade route, mementoes such as buttons, flags, coasters, paper hats, etc.; and material relating to landscaping lighting plans.

Loose printed material in Box 2 includes: "Pride in Newark; an Exhibition of Watercolors by Henry Gasser," "Welcome to Webster Junior High School," " Newark Commerce," "Picture Story of Transit Progress," "Newark City Hospital Yesterday (1886) & Today (1966)," "Women's Auxiliary of Columbus Hospital Presents the Tricentennial Ball," "Nojex; Stamp Club Exhibition and Convention," "Leaguers Inc.; Annual Graduation Cotillion and Debutante Presentation," "Newark Jaycees Present the Fifth Annual Miss Essex County Pageant," "Newark 300 Years of Progress," "Know Your City Government Newark"; commemorative issues of "New Jersey Bell," "Newark Commerce," and "Via Port of New York"; a visitor's map of Newark, published by PSE&G; and a few brochures.
FormatsArtifacts; Photographic materials; Textual materials
SubjectAnniversaries / Commemorations
Time Period20th Century
Access policyOpen for research
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