Local History Collection

Wayne Public Library - Lockett Room

The New Jersey History Room (or Lockett Room, named for S. Hobart Lockett) consists of 1,921 volumes relevant to local area and New Jersey history.

The core collection centers around a donation of materials made by the Wayne Historical Commission, as received from the Charles Olbon estate and the collection of Rev. Edgar B. Rohrbach. The collection was started in 1960 and has been expanded by the purchase of new and older volumes. The New Jersey History collection is a closed collection. The general public is welcome to use the materials by requesting them at the Reference Desk. All materials are fully cataloged and may be accessed by using our web based catalog accessible from the Search menu of our website. No interlibrary loans will be provided. Donations of materials relevant to the history and development of New Jersey, Passaic County and/or Wayne Township are gratefully accepted.

Albert Payson Terhune and Sunnybank

Wayne Public Library now has a large collection of rare Terhune works, located with the Lockett Collection. Use Search above to use our library catalog to search for works by Albert Payson Terhune.

Genealogy Materials available in the New Jersey History Room - (updated 5 March 2014)

  • Wayne Today: 1966 - current
  • The Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 1925 - 1998
  • Genealogical Society of New Jersey Newsletter 1976 - 1998
  • Wayne New Jersey Directories - 1963, 1965 - 1967, 1969, 1971, 1974
  • Passaic County New Jersey Telephone Directories 1968 - 1988, 1990 - 1998
  • Pack-A-News: January 1950 - present
School Year Books
  • Wayne Valley High School Embers Yearbook: 1953, 1956 - 1971, 1973 - 1987, 1989, 1995, 1997, 2000 - 2001, 2003, 2006 - 2008 (also digitized)
  • Wayne Hills High School Heritage Yearbook: 1971, 1978 - 1981, 1987-1992, 1995, 1997-2005, 2010 (also digitized)
  • George Washington Junior High School Yearbook: 1996
  • George Washington Middle School Yearbook: 1998 - 2005
  • Schuyler-Colfax Middle School Yearbook: 2001 - 2003
Newspapers on Microfilm
  • Paterson Evening News: 1970
  • Evening News: 1971-1974
  • Paterson News: 1975 - 1977
  • Evening News: 1978 - 1980
  • Herald News: 1970 - 1985
  • North Jersey Herald: 1986 - present
  • New York Times: September 1851 - present
  • The Record: 1984 - present
  • Wall Street Journal: January 1966 - present
The History of Wayne
Wayne Township and its 27 square miles of rolling, lake-darted country was not always known as Wayne. Wayne Township has a wonderful history, two recently published works are available within the Wayne Public Library: "Scenic Crossroads: The History of Wayne", by Richard K. Cacioppo and "Wayne Township" by Cathy Tobin