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Guide to Atlantic City Historical Markers

Online Guide to Atlantic City Historical Markers

There are commemorative markers throughout Atlantic City which share the history of Atlantic City and the stories of many Atlantic City residents. You can search for this information by events, places and people, or by clicking on the locations on the Atlantic City map.

Many of the markers honoring Atlantic City residents are the result of the ongoing Atlantic City Historical Marker Program which was implemented by the Atlantic City Planning Department in 2005. These markers honor people who made significant contributions to the community and were installed, as much as possible, at locations associated with their life's work or activities.

We would like to acknowledge current and former Atlantic City officials and staff responsible for implementing and continuing this project:
Current Atlantic City Officials:
Mayor Don A. Guardian
Atlantic City Council members: William H. Marsh, President; Rizwan Malik; Timothy Mancuso; Frank Gilliam, Jr.; Steven L. Moore; Marty Small; Moisse Delgado; Aaron Randolph and George Tibbitt. 
Planning & Development Department: Keith B. Mills, Acting Director; Sherrise A. Moten
Former Atlantic City Officials:
Mayor Lorenzo T. Langford
Atlantic City Council members: Craig Callaway; Gibb R. Jones, Jr.; Dennis Mason; Cassandra McCall Clark; Ramon Rosario and Eugene Robinson.
Planning Division: William Crane

The staff of the Atlantic City Free Public Library has developed this online resource and is working to identify all of the markers in Atlantic City. Please help us make this listing as complete as possible by sending information about any markers we may have missed by clicking here and sending us a message.

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Atlantic City Climatological Data Records

Date: 1991-2013

Collection Number: H087

Extent: 0.5 cubic feet

Repository: Atlantic City Heritage Collections, Atlantic City Free Public Library, 1 North Tennessee Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, (609) 345-2269.

Preferred Citation: City of Atlantic City – City Council Records, Atlantic City Heritage Collections, Atlantic City Free Public Library.

Creator: National Climatic Data Center

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Historical Note:          

The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is a branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It is responsible for preserving, monitoring, assessing, and providing public access to historical weather data and information. Established in 1934 in New Orleans, it is the world’s largest active archive of weather data. The NCDC was previously known as the National Weather Records Center (NWRC). The organization is currently based out of Asheville, NC and has 150 years of weather report records.

According to the NCDC data page on its website, it currently provides weather data for 15 different locations within the state of New Jersey.

Scope and Content:

This collection contains all reports from the National Climatic Data about the weather in Atlantic City. These reports in the collection begin in 1990 and go through 2005. The reports were generated each month, with a daily break down of climatological data from each day including temperature (minimum and maximum), the type of weather, precipitation, wind, and minutes of sunshine, size of cloud cover, and monthly totals for the different categories. In addition, on each monthly report, there is a breakdown of different temperatures and precipitation by three hour intervals, and hourly intervals, respectively. For each year, there is also a yearly report that contains the breakdown of different climatological data, graphs, charts, yearly and monthly totals going back to 1961 in various categories.

Later years of the collection include reference notes and supplemental summaries to define certain terms used in the report and describe what different categories indicate.

The last year of the collection is 2005 and reports are only generated until September. After September reports are online at: http://cdo.ncdc.noaa.gov/qclcd/QCLCD?prior=N

System of Arrangement:

These records are arranged by year in acid-free folders, with each folder containing a separate year of reports. The folders are placed in chronological order and placed in an acid-free box.

Preservation and Access Note:

All materials in this collection are accessible with no restrictions.

OTHER INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION

Access Points:

National Climatic Data Center (U.S.)

Weather – Atlantic City (N.J)

Related Materials:

Beginning in 2005, weather reports for the City of Atlantic City can be found at: http://cdo.ncdc.noaa.gov/qclcd/QCLCD?prior=N

Processing Note: The collection is processed. Finding aid written by archivist Pam Richter in August 2013.

Copyright Notice: While the Atlantic City Free Public Library owns the collection, the Library may not own the copyright for items within the collection. Researchers wishing to reproduce materials are responsible for obtaining the proper permission.

ITEM LIST:

Box 1   Folder 1           Monthly Summary – 1990

            Folder 2           Monthly Summary – 1991

            Folder 3           Monthly Summary – 1992

            Folder 4           Monthly Summary – 1993

            Folder 5           Monthly Summary – 1994

            Folder 6           Monthly Summary – 1995

            Folder 7           Monthly Summary – 1996

            Folder 8           Monthly Summary – 1997

            Folder 9           Monthly Summary – 1998

            Folder 10         Monthly Summary – 1999

            Folder 11         Monthly Summary – 2000

            Folder 12         Monthly Summary – 2001

            Folder 13         Monthly Summary – 2002

            Folder 14         Monthly Summary – 2003

            Folder 15         Monthly Summary – 2004

            Folder 16         Monthly Summary – 2005

            Folder 17         Monthly Summary – 2006

            Folder 18         Monthly Summary – 2007

            Folder 19         Monthly Summary – 2008

            Folder 20         Monthly Summary – 2009

            Folder 21         Monthly Summary – 2010

            Folder 22         Monthly Summary – 2011

            Folder 23         Monthly Summary – 2012

            Folder 24         Monthly Summary - 2013

                       

                       

Title: Atlantic City Climatological Data Records

Date:1991-2005

Collection Number: H087

 

Extent: 0.5 cubic feet

 

Repository: Atlantic City Heritage Collections, Atlantic City Free Public Library, 1 North Tennessee Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, (609) 345-2269.

 

Preferred Citation: City of Atlantic City – City Council Records, Atlantic City Heritage Collections, Atlantic City Free Public Library.

 

Creator: National Climatic Data Center

 

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

 

Historical Note:          

The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is a branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  It is responsible for preserving, monitoring, assessing, and providing public access to historical weather data and information.  Established in 1934 in New Orleans, it is the world’s largest active archive of weather data.  The NCDC was previously known as the National Weather Records Center (NWRC).  The organization is currently based out of Asheville, NC and has 150 years of weather report records.

 

According to the NCDC data page on its website, it currently provides weather data for 15 different locations within the state of New Jersey.

 

Scope and Content:

 

This collection contains all reports from the National Climatic Data about the weather in Atlantic City.  These reports in the collection begin in 1990 and go through 2005.  The reports were generated each month, with a daily break down of climatological data from each day including temperature (minimum and maximum), the type of weather, precipitation, wind, and minutes of sunshine, size of cloud cover, and monthly totals for the different categories.  In addition, on each monthly report, there is a breakdown of different temperatures and precipitation by three hour intervals, and hourly intervals, respectively.  For each year, there is also a yearly report that contains the breakdown of different climatological data, graphs, charts, yearly and monthly totals going back to 1961 in various categories.

 

Later years of the collection include reference notes and supplemental summaries to define certain terms used in the report and describe what different categories indicate.

 

The last year of the collection is 2005 and reports are only generated until September.  After September reports are online at: http://cdo.ncdc.noaa.gov/qclcd/QCLCD?prior=N  

 

System of Arrangement:

These records are arranged by year in acid-free folders, with each folder containing a separate year of reports.  The folders are placed in chronological order and placed in an acid-free box.

 

Preservation and Access Note:

All materials in this collection are accessible with no restrictions.

 

OTHER INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION

 

Access Points:

National Climatic Data Center (U.S.)

Weather – Atlantic City (N.J)

 

Related Materials:

Beginning in 2005, weather reports for the City of Atlantic City can be found at: http://cdo.ncdc.noaa.gov/qclcd/QCLCD?prior=N

 

Processing Note: The collection is processed. Finding aid written by archivist Pam Richter in August 2013. 

 

Copyright Notice: While the Atlantic City Free Public Library owns the collection, the Library may not own the copyright for items within the collection. Researchers wishing to reproduce materials are responsible for obtaining the proper permission.

 

ITEM LIST:

 

Box 1  Folder 1           Monthly Summary – 1990

            Folder 2           Monthly Summary – 1991

            Folder 3           Monthly Summary – 1992

            Folder 4           Monthly Summary – 1993

            Folder 5           Monthly Summary – 1994

            Folder 6           Monthly Summary – 1995

            Folder 7           Monthly Summary – 1996

            Folder 8           Monthly Summary – 1997

            Folder 9           Monthly Summary – 1998

            Folder 10         Monthly Summary – 1999

            Folder 11         Monthly Summary – 2000

            Folder 12         Monthly Summary – 2001

            Folder 13         Monthly Summary – 2002

            Folder 14         Monthly Summary – 2003

            Folder 15         Monthly Summary – 2004

            Folder 16         Monthly Summary – 2005

            Folder 17         Monthly Summary – 2006

            Folder 18         Monthly Summary – 2007

            Folder 19         Monthly Summary – 2008

            Folder 20         Monthly Summary – 2009

            Folder 21         Monthly Summary – 2010

            Folder 22         Monthly Summary – 2011

            Folder 23         Monthly Summary – 2012

            Folder 24         Monthly Summary - 2013

                       

                       

 

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Atlantic City Post Office Time Capsule Collection

Title:   Atlantic City Post Office Time Capsule Collection

Date:   c. 1896 - 1936

Collection Number: H070
Extent: 1 Oversized Box (1.0 cubic feet)

Repository: Atlantic City Heritage Collections, Atlantic City Free Public Library, 1 North Tennessee Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, (609) 345-2269.

Preferred Citation: Atlantic City Post Office Time Capsule, Alfred M. Heston Collection, Atlantic City Free Public Library.

Creator: CRDA and Atlantic City Post Office

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Historical Information:

This collection contains materials from the Atlantic City Post Office’s time capsule from 1936. The post office stood at the corner of Pacific and South Illinois Avenues (now, Martin Luther King Blvd.) The cornerstone for the building was laid on April 4, 1936 and this building was the main post office in Atlantic City until 2008, when the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority approved the demolition of the building. The decision to take down this building came during the early 2000s because of the widening of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

At the cornerstone laying in 1936 several local figures spoke at the ceremony including Atlantic City Postmaster Thomas Stewart, Congressman Isaac Bacharach, and Mayor White. The building was officially dedicated on February 22, 1937 and murals were installed in the building under the Works Progress Administration Artists project.

The time capsule was opened on July 20, 2010.

Scope and Content:

This collection was donated to the Library by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) as part of a time capsule from the Atlantic City Post Office that was built in 1936. The cornerstone from this building was removed and the time capsule was opened on July 20, 2010. The materials were transferred into the library’s collection in April 2012.

Materials in this collection include photographs, correspondence, newspapers, land deeds, a program, building information, and business cards.

Much of the correspondence in this collection includes letters about whether different people can attend the ceremony on April 4, 1936. Several notable people wrote letters including New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Joseph B. Perske, Major William F. Casey an Atlantic County Commissioner, and the United States Postmaster General James Farley.

Two newspapers are also included in the collection from the Atlantic City Press and the Atlantic City Evening Union from April 4, 1936. These papers featured articles about the execution of Bruno Richard Hauptmann was convicted of the kidnapping and murder of aviator Charles Lindbergh’s son.

Arrangement:

This collection is arranged in one series.

Folder Listing:

Box 1  Folder 1           Building Information

            Folder 2           Correspondence

            Folder 3           Correspondence

            Folder 4           Correspondence – Casey

            Folder 5           Correspondence – Perskie

            Folder 6           Photographs – Harrold, John Jr.

            Folder 7           Photographs – Leeds, Millicent

            Folder 8           Souvenir Programs

            Folder 9           Newspaper front page

            Folder 10         Newspaper front page

Item Listing:

Copper box, 15 x 7 x 3.5 inches (used as time capsule, embedded in cornerstone of former Atlantic City Post Office at Pacific Ave. and Martin Luther King Blvd.

Materials found in the Atlantic City Post Office Time Capsule:

  • June 1904, Atlantic City Semi-Centennial Program (published, 23 p.)
  • Summer 1897, 4” x 6” sepia photograph, John Harrold, Jr.
  • 1930s, 3” x 4” sepia photograph of painting of Millicent Leeds
  • Listing of deeds for post office land (2 land tracts), 1872-1934 (6 p.)
  • 4/4/1936, Howard A. Stout, Architect, listing of draftsmen, designers and architects (1 p.)
  • 4/3/1936, Sidney B. Strouse, Engineer, listing of mechanical and electrical engineers (1 p.)
  • 4/4/1936, D.M.W. Contracting Co. (Brooklyn NY), listing of officers of construction company (1 p.)
  • 2 newspapers, dated April 4, 1936:
    • Atlantic City Press
    • Atlantic City Evening Union
  • 3 business cards:
    • Edwin H. Coward, MD, Exalted Ruler, BPOE #276 (Atlantic City)
    • M.T. O’Brien, Postmaster (Pleasantville, NJ)
    • Richard E. Wheeler, President Wheeler Coal Co. (Atlantic City)
  • 15 letters:
    • 3/25/1936, Joseph Altman, Prosecutor of Pleas, Atlantic County (1 p.)
    • 4/2/1936, Harry Bacharach, President of NJ Board of Public Utility Commission (1 p.)
    • (undated), W. Warren Barbour, US Senator [unsigned] (1 p.)
    • 4/4/1936, Major William F. Casey, Atlantic City Commissioner, Department of Public Works (1 p.)
    • 3/26/1936, William S. Cuthbert, Atlantic City Commissioner, Department of Public Safety (1 p.)
    • 4/3/1936, William S. Cuthbert (1 p.)
    • 4/2/1936, James N. Farley, US Postmaster General (1 p.)
    • 3/25/1936, Judge W. Lindley Jeffers, District Court of Atlantic City (1 p.)
    • (undated), A. Harry Moore, US Senator [unsigned] (1 p.)
    • 3/26/1936, Frank B. Off, Atlantic City Commissioner, Department of Revenue and Finance (1 p.)
    • 3/25/1936, Joseph A. Paxson, Atlantic City Commissioner, Department of Parks and Public Property (1 p.)
    • 3/25/1936, Joseph B. Perskie, Justice, NJ Supreme Court (1 p.)
    • 3/28/1936, S.W. Purdum, 4th Assistant Postmaster General (1 p.)
    • 3/25/1936, William Frank Sooy, Vice Chancellor, Court of Chancery of New Jersey (1 p.)
    • 3/25/1936, Robert L. Warke, Jr., Judge Atlantic City Court of Common Pleas (1 p.)

OTHER INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION

Access Points:

New Jersey -- Casino Reinvestment Development Authority

Atlantic City (N.J) Mayor

Post office buildings -- New Jersey

Processing Note: The collection is processed. Finding aid written by Pam Richter, archivist on October 2012.

Copyright Notice: While the Atlantic City Free Public Library owns the collection, the Library may not own the copyright for the materials. Researchers wishing to reproduce materials are responsible for obtaining the proper permission.

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City of Atlantic City, City Council Records

Title: City of Atlantic City, City Council Records  
Date: 2009 - 2013
Collection Number: H085

Extent: 2.0 cubic feet

Repository:
Atlantic City Heritage Collections, Atlantic City Free Public Library, 1 North Tennessee Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401, (609) 345-2269.

Preferred Citation: City of Atlantic City, City Council Records, Atlantic City Heritage Collections, Atlantic City Free Public Library.

Creator: City of Atlantic City

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Historical Note:          

The City of Atlantic City was incorporated on March 3, 1854 and held the first city election in May of that same year. The first City Hall building was occupied on November 8, 1875, with there being no city buildings for the first 21 years within the city. The first meeting of City Council was held in the United States Hotel. The first book of minutes from City Council, containing minutes from years 1854-1867 was lost a few years later and was never found. From its incorporation until 1912, Atlantic City was governed by a Council consisting of one alderman elected at large and four councilmen elected from each of the four wards.

On May 14, 1912 the city adopted a commission form of government in compliance with the Walsh Act of 1911. The Walsh Act permitted municipalities to adopt a non-partisan commission form of government. In 1950 the Faulkner Commission concluded that the commission government was a failure in the state of New Jersey, and soon the Faulkner law was passed, which gave cities an alternative to the commission rule.

Currently the City of Atlantic City has a Mayor-Council form of government with the City Council as the legislative branch of the city. Members of Council are elected to serve a term of four years, with a total of nine council members, one from each of Atlantic City’s six wards and three Council members-at-large. Some responsibilities of Council members include: reviewing budgets submitted by the Mayor, providing for an annual audit of the City’s accounts and financial transactions, organize standing committees and hold public hearings.

Scope and Content:

This collection contains two boxes of records. The most recent year of City Council meeting agendas are located in the Local History Subject Folder for easy access. These will be added to the collection and boxed at the end of each year.

The meeting agendas for this collection begin in 2007. Beginning in 2010, in the meeting agendas packets, resolutions were included. These were not included with the agendas from 2007-2009. Most of the records were downloaded by the staff of the Atlantic City Heritage Collections as they were available online through the City of Atlantic City’s website.

The digital files for the collection begin in 2012. For some meetings, they contain transcriptions of meetings, and for others, they contain the packet of agenda items with the passed, signed resolutions and the list of public comment speakers. For 2012, most of the files are transcriptions of the meetings, as well as the packet of agenda items. The 2013 files are the digitized versions of the meeting agendas also found in Box 2 of the collection. These files were downloaded by the Atlantic City Heritage Collections staff as they were made available online at the City of Atlantic City’s website.

System of Arrangement:

This collection has two distinct series – physical records and digital records. The physical records are arranged by year, beginning with the earliest year – 2007 – and continuing until the current year. Most of the years are divided into multiple folders. The records are divided into two boxes, with the records from 2011 divided between the two boxes.The current year of City Council meeting agendas are located in the Local History Subject Folder for easy access. These will be added to the collection and boxed at the end of each year.

The digital files are arranged chronologically. As more digital files are added to the collection, they will continue to be arranged chronologically by year.

Preservation and Access Note:

This physical condition of these records is in good condition. For access to the digital files, please contact the archivist if you are interested in viewing the digital file. These files are in PDF format.

OTHER INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION

Access Points:

Atlantic City (N.J.) – Politics and government.

Atlantic City (N.J.). – Mayor.

Municipal government – New Jersey – Atlantic City.

City Council members – New Jersey – Atlantic City.

Related Materials:

City of Atlantic City Records

Atlantic City City Ordinances, 1854-1929, 1936-1940, 1974

Local History Subject File – City Council

Local History Subject File – City Council - Corruption and Scandal

Book of the Boardwalk by Frank Butler

A city on the brink of survival: the report of the Atlantic City Charter Study Commission, Sept. 3, 1976

Processing Note: The collection is processed. Finding aid written by archivist Pam Richter in July 2013. The collection is an ongoing collection with meeting agendas and digital files continually added to the collection.

Copyright Notice: While the Atlantic City Free Public Library owns the collection, the Library may not own the copyright for items within the collection. Researchers wishing to reproduce materials are responsible for obtaining the proper permission.

ITEM LIST:

Series I

Box 1   Folder 1           Meeting Agendas – 2007

                       Folder 2           Meeting Agendas – 2008

                       Folder 3           Meeting Agendas – 2008

                       Folder 4           Meeting Agendas – 2009

                       Folder 5           Meeting Agendas – 2009

                       Folder 6           Meeting Agendas – 2010

                       Folder 7           Meeting Agendas – 2010

                       Folder 8           Meeting Agendas – 2010

                       Folder 9           Meeting Agendas – 2011

                       Folder 10         Meeting Agendas – 2011

                       Folder 11         Meeting Agendas – 2011

                       Folder 12         Meeting Agendas – 2011

                       Folder 13         Meeting Agendas – 2011

                       Folder 14         Meeting Agendas – 2011

                       Folder 15         Meeting Agendas – 2011

Box 2   Folder 1           Meeting Agendas – 2011

                        Folder 2           Meeting Agendas – 2011

                        Folder 3           Meeting Agendas – 2012

                        Folder 4           Meeting Agendas – 2012

                        Folder 5           Meeting Agendas – 2012

                        Folder 6           Meeting Agendas –2012

                        Folder 7           Meeting Agendas – 2012

                        Folder 8           Meeting Agendas – 2012

                        Folder 9           Meeting Agendas – 2012

                        Folder 10         Meeting Agendas – 2012

                        Folder 11         Meeting Agendas – 2013

                        Folder 12         Meeting Agendas – 2013

                        Folder 13         Meeting Agendas – 2013

Series II - Digital Files

2012 City Council Meeting Minutes                 City Council Meeting transcript-01.01.12

                                                                        City Council Meeting transcript-02.22.12

                                                                        City Council Meeting transcript-04.25.12

                                                                        City Council Meeting transcript-05.09.12

                                                                        City Council Meeting transcript-06.13.12

                                                                        City Council Meeting transcript-06.27.12

                                                                        City Council Meeting transcript-07.11.12

                                                                        City Council Meeting transcript-10.24.12

                                                                        City Council Meeting transcript-11.20.12

2013 City Council Meeting Minutes                 2013.01.02

                                                                        2013.02.13

                                                                        2013.03.13

                                                                        2013.04.10

                                                                        2013.04.24

                                                                        2013.06.12