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Newark Housing Authority Photographs (1940 - 1967)
RepositoryNewark Public Library, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center
Collection IDMG NHA
Size1 box
Collection Description
The first federal housing projects in Newark, providing low-income housing for poor residents,

were approved in 1938. Building continued through 1959-1960, when Scudder Homes

and Stella Wright Homes opened.

Between 1952 and 1967 there were seventeen urban renewal projects in Newark. In 1966 and 1967 when urban renewal for the construction of a new medical school threatened the homes of many residents, vociferous community protest resulted in the scaling down of the land allotment for the school. The medical school controversy has been considered was a contributing factor to the July 1967 Newark Riots/Rebellion. In the 1980s and 1990s Newark tore down many deteriorated and unsafe housing projects buildings, and demolition of outdated public housing has continued.

NOTE: A map of some urban renewal areas (NJR-6 through NJR-196) and a number of Newark Housing Authority documents can be found in the Library´┐Żs Digital Collections, at
Collection Contents
This small collection consists of photographs taken by or for the Newark Housing Authority. The mostly black and white prints include images of the construction of public housing projects, urban renewal areas, and individual buildings. Contents are as follows:

Folders 1-5: photos of construction and rehabilitation of public housing: James Baxter Terrace (1940), Seth Boyden Terrace (1940-1941), Columbus Homes and Columbus Homes Golden Age Club (1955), Hayes Home (1964), Hayes Elderly (1960-1961), and others. Many of the photos are by Ace Alagna.

Folder 6: Krueger (Brewing) factory (2 color images, undated)

Folder 7: public housing: Stella Wright Homes (1958-1961)

Folders 8-10: urban renewal areas: Court Street (NJR52, 1964-1965); Durand St. (NJR58, 1966); and Norfolk- Academy Sts. (NJR72, 1967); West Market St.; Mulberry St.; Baldwin St.

Folder 11: opening of Baxter Terrace (1940) and an unidentified opening (undated)

NOTE: A number of photos from this collection have been digitized; consult Library staff or details and access.
FormatPhotographic materials
SubjectsArchitecture / Building; Property / Urban Development
Time Period20th Century
Access policyOpen for research
Finding AidYes
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