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Forty Years of Central Jersey History, Now Available Online

January 29, 2018
Main Street 1908

Main Street opposite Maple, 1908. View full resolution:


Somervillians, 1890s. View full resolution:

The latest addition to the New Jersey Digital Highway offers a glimpse into 40 years of the history of central New Jersey.

Somerville and its Environs: Images from Central Jersey History 1885–1925” was curated by Jim Sommerville, a former librarian at Somerville Library of the Somerset County Library System. The collection is the first batch of photographs from the library system’s holdings that will be digitized and made available in high-resolution scans for use by teachers, students, and the public via the immersive, online information portal.

From the Somerset County Library System’s press release:

The content depicts local folkways, gives a photographic record of the backstory of the pre-modern and modern Somerville, Bridgewater, and South Somerville/Hillsborough from the 1880’s through the early 20th century, with other aspects of Somerville depicted up to the recent past. The majority of the upload are images from the time period spanning 1890-1920.

The New Jersey Digital Highway is a collaboration between cultural heritage institutions across the state. Hosted by Rutgers University Libraries, the portal is accessible at