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George Swinton Papers

Title: George Swinton Papers
Date: about 1941-1971
Collection Number: H044

Extent: 4.0 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: George Swinton Papers, Atlantic City Heritage Collections, Atlantic City Free Public Library.

Creator: Swinton, George R., 1901-1972

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION
Scope and Content: The George Swinton Papers include survey maps, blueprints, photographs, deeds, engineering studies, appraisals, surveys, correspondence, hand-written notes, etc. The items relate primarily to George R. Swinton, especially in his roles as Atlantic City city engineer and consulting engineer.

Part of the collection was found during inventory in 2006, and another part (one box worth) was acquired from Unshredded Nostalgia in Barnegat, May 2008. These files have been integrated.

Biographical/Historical Note:
George R. Swinton was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey on February 20, 1901. His parents were Anna and Robert Swinton. He attended Atlantic City public schools, graduating from Atlantic City High School in 1918. From 1918 to 1922, Swinton studied at Lehigh University, graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Swinton’s early jobs included field engineer on the Delaware Bridge in Philadelphia (1922-23), engineer for the E.L. Bader Construction Company in Atlantic City (1923-26), and structural engineer for Peale, Peacock & Kerr in St. Benedict, Pennsylvania (1923-26). In 1926, Swinton started his own practice as a professional consulting engineer in civil and structural engineering. This is a role he would continue throughout his life. From 1935 to 1941, Swinton was the District Manager of the Works Progress Administration. He resigned from the WPA on December 15, 1941 when he was nominated to the position of city engineer for Atlantic City. Swinton remained city engineer until the early 1970’s when he was succeeded by Joseph A. Barrasso.

Swinton held memberships for the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers, the
National Engineers Society, and Tau Beta Pi. Some of his largest engineering projects include the Union Railroad Station (1933), United States Post Office Building (1934), U.S.H.A. Stanley Holmes Village (1935), and the Atlantic City Municipal Airport (1941).

George Swinton was married to Lillian “Odie” Swinton of Shelltown, Maryland. The couple lived at 44 South Raleigh Avenue in Atlantic City. In 1941, Lillian gave birth to their daughter, Joan. George Swinton died February 20, 1972.

Sources:
H118 U.S. Corps of Army Engineers Waves & Erosion Studies and Misc. Heston Duplicates, 1971-8 (box AAAA)

Notice of Separation, George Swinton Papers, Atlantic City Heritage Collections, Atlantic City Free Public Library. Box 3, Series 4, Folder 3 - ‘S’ Misc.

Resume, George Swinton Papers, Atlantic City Heritage Collections, Atlantic City Free Public Library. Box 1, Series 1, Folder 57 - Stout and Swinton Associates

"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X487-P9Z : accessed 13 June 2017), George R Swinton in household of Robert Swinton, Ventnor City, Atlantic, New Jersey, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 75, sheet 1B, line 87, family 26, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1310; FHL microfilm 2,341,045.

"United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV5Q-LQMZ : 10 September 2016), George Swinton in entry for Mrs Lillian O Or Odie Swinton, New Jersey, United States, 27 Mar 1990; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing , born-digital text.

"United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VSJ5-C47 : 20 May 2014), George Swinton, Sep 1972; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

System of Arrangement:
Collection is divided according to subject or creator. This collection was organized by the creator. George Swinton’s filing system and naming conventions were maintained, except where materials were found outside of existing folders. Folders have been organized alphabetically by series into three boxes.

BOX LIST:

Series 1: Project Files
Includes project files, engineering studies and investigations, survey maps, blueprints, handwritten notes, and correspondence.

Box 1, Folder 1 – 1969 Landfill - Proposed for Albany Ave.
Box 1, Folder 2 – Atlantic City Transportation Company - Includes Decree of Chancery Court, Ephraim S. Frechie v. West Jersey and Seashore Railroad Co.
Box 1, Folder 3 – Atlantic City Transportation Company - Captain Starns
Box 1, Folder 4 – Belair Court Corporation
Box 1, Folder 5 – Betty Bacharach Home for Afflicted Children (1) - Survey and Bulkhead; includes certificate of incorporation, deeds, and photostat of Chancery Court document
Box 1, Folder 6 – Betty Bacharach Home for Afflicted Children (2)
Box 1, Folder 7 – Betty Bacharach Home for Afflicted Children (3)
Box 1, Folder 8 – Brigantine Hotel - Beach erosion
Box 1, Folder 9 – Brighton Towers
Box 1, Folder 10 – Cole & Koury - Dutill v. Michael
Box 1, Folder 11 – Coronet Motel
Box 1, Folder 12 – Drake Hotel
Box 1, Folder 13 – Dubois, H.H. - Beach erosion; includes advertisement for the Spearwell Paver and some personal correspondence
Box 1, Folder 14 – Eaton Bros, Inc. - Engineering study of various deeds, includes photo of building
Box 1, Folder 15 – Fedway Association - Survey of premises - Federal Wine & Liquor Company, Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township
Box 1, Folder 16 – Flying Dutchman Survey - Dan Bell, Esq.
Box 1, Folder 17 – Giordana Industries - Appraisal for 411 N. Carolina Ave.
Box 1, Folder 18 – Gravatt, Frank - The Lafayette Hotel
Box 1, Folder 19 – Hackney, Ralph - Hackney’s Restaurant, 1962 storm and 1963 fire damages, includes photos of storm damage
Box 1, Folder 20 – Hackney’s Restaurant - Includes photos of storm damage, 1962
Box 1, Folder 21 – Hanson Partnership
Box 1, Folder 22 – Harbor House Motel - Ocean City
Box 1, Folder 23 – Kents Restaurant & Baking Co. (1)
Box 1, Folder 24 – Kents Restaurant & Baking Co. (2)
Box 1, Folder 25 – Lubik Cadillac
Box 1, Folder 26 – Margate Board of Education
Box 1, Folder 27 – Mathis, J.V. - Architect, Brighton Hotel Pool
Box 1, Folder 28 – Miller, Harry, Esq. - Lou Mar Apartments, hurricane

Box 2, Folder 29 – Mobil Oil Corp.
Box 2, Folder 30 – Mt. Calvary Cemetery Association - Beth Israel
Box 2, Folder 31 – New England Hotel and Sears Roebuck Building - 1944
Box 2, Folder 32 – New Jersey Bell Telephone Company
Box 2, Folder 33 – New Jersey Bell Telephone Company - 19 and 21st Mt. Vernon
Box 2, Folder 34 – New Jersey Bell Telephone Company - Galloway Township
Box 2, Folder 35 – New Jersey Bell Telephone Company - Polar Observation
Box 2, Folder 36 – New Jersey Bell Telephone Company - R.M. Schaffer, Hamilton Township
Box 2, Folder 37 – Ocean Manor - A.P. Miller
Box 2, Folder 38 – Ocean Manor - Construction
Box 2, Folder 39 – Ocean Manor - Diesel Pile Hammer
Box 2, Folder 40 – Ocean Manor - Maps and Blueprints (1)
Box 2, Folder 41 – Ocean Manor - Maps and Blueprints (2)
Box 2, Folder 42 – Ocean Manor - Maps and Blueprints (3)
Box 2, Folder 43 – Ocean Manor - Outfall Drains and Bulkheads
Box 2, Folder 44 – Ocean Manor - Photographs by Fred Hess & Son of the properties adjacent to the Ocean Manor project (1963)

Box 2, Folder 45 – Ramada Inn
Box 2, Folder 46 – Richmond Avenue School - 1942, includes Board of Education contract
Box 2, Folder 47 – Silver Building Company - Barlinvis Apartments - 1971, includes Board of Commissioners resolution by Mayor Somers
Box 2, Folder 48 – Silver Building Company - Si Hy Apartments - 1970-71, includes Board of Commissioners resolution by Mayor Somers
Box 2, Folder 49 – Smith-Clowney, St. James Place and Boardwalk - 1944-45
Box 2, Folder 50 – Soble Construction Company - Atlantic Villas - 1971
Box 2, Folder 51 – Soble Construction Company - Bacharach Village - 1971
Box 2, Folder 52 – Soble Construction Company - Magellan Manor - 1970, includes Federal Housing Administration surveyors report (1950)
Box 2, Folder 53 – Soloff, Ed
Box 2, Folder 54 – South Jersey Gas Company
Box 2, Folder 55 – Stewart, Peter - Steel erector, Hollywood Theater, 1944
Box 2, Folder 56 – Stout, H.A. - Architect, Swinton’s business partner at Stout and Swinton Associates, Guarantee Trust Building
Box 2, Folder 57 – Stout and Swinton Associates - Includes correspondence relating to a request made by George Swinton and H.A. Stout with the Navy Department to be involved in the construction of the Naval Air Facilities at the Atlantic City Airport; George Swinton’s resume and letters of recommendation
Box 2, Folder 58 – Supplee-Wills - Jones Co. Building
Box 2, Folder 59 – Terminal Hotel - Store
Box 2, Folder 60 – Traymore Hotel - Feldman Deed, 1972, includes photos of demolition
Box 2, Folder 61 – Vassar Square Apartments
Box 2, Folder 62 – Vassar Square Apartments - Parzow
Box 2, Folder 63 – Vaughn, Mathis J. - Architect, Friedman Stores
Box 2, Folder 64 – Vermont Avenue Apartment Building - 1945
Box 2, Folder 65 – Warwick Apartments - 1964-65
Box 2, Folder 66 – Yacht Safety Bureau - 1960-61

Series 2: Personal Files
Includes documents relating to Swinton’s home, bills, and correspondence.

Box 3, Folder 1 – Personal - 44 S. Raleigh Ave. - Documents relating to George Swinton’s home such as utility bills and purchases.
Box 3, Folder 2 – Personal - 44 S. Raleigh Ave. (Fuel Oil) - Includes World War II fuel ration stamps
Box 3, Folder 3 – Personal - Bills
Box 3, Folder 4 – Personal - Correspondence - Includes letters congratulating George Swinton on his post as city engineer

Series 3: Consulting Engineer Miscellaneous Project Files
This series was originally one large, overstuffed file created by George Swinton. These are miscellaneous project files that have been re-foldered. Documents include engineering reports, surveys, blueprints, and engineering investigations for court cases.

Box 3, Folder 1 – G.R.S. - Consulting Engineer (1)
Box 3, Folder 2 – G.R.S. - Consulting Engineer (2)
Box 3, Folder 3 – G.R.S. - Consulting Engineer (3)

Series 4: Miscellaneous Files
Folders 1 and 3 were created by George Swinton. Folders 2 and 4 were created during processing for items that did not belong to existing folders.

Box 3, Folder 1 – ‘D’ - Misc. - Topics of this folder include diving, hurricane damage, and boardwalk damage
Box 3, Folder 2 – Land Deed - Albany Ave., 1969. Last Will and Testament, liquidation of partnership between Claude Clifford, George Swinton, Ignatious P. Conway, Rudolph J. Bushell, and James B. Trumbower.
Box 3, Folder 3 – ‘S’ - Misc. - Includes correspondence, letters of recommendation written by George Swinton, Notice of Separation from the Works Progress Administration
Box 3, Folder 4 – Survey Maps and Blueprints - Misc.

ITEM LIST:
George Swinton Diploma – Graduation from Lehigh University in Civil Engineering

OTHER INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION

Access Points:

Architectural surveys
Atlantic City Electric Co.
Atlantic City, N.J. - Employees
Beach erosion
Betty Bacharach Home
Blueprints
Engineering
Gravatt, Frank
Hackney’s Restaurant
New Jersey Bell Telephone
Real property surveys
Stout, H.A.
Swinton, George R.
World War II fuel ration
Works Progress Administration

Related Materials:
H119 Farley, Fredericks, and Ferry Law Firm Papers (Frank Gravatt)

H118 U.S. Corps of Army Engineers Waves & Erosion Studies and Misc. Heston Duplicates, 1971-8 (box AAAA)

Processing Note: The collection is processed and cataloged. Finding aid written by Melissa McGeary, June 2017.

Copyright Notice: While the Atlantic City Free Public Library owns the collection, the Library may not own the copyright for all of the items. Researchers wishing to reproduce materials are responsible for obtaining the proper permissions.
Updated 6/28/2017
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Yates Family Papers

Title: Yates Family Papers
Date: about 1910 - 1963
Collection Number: H114
Accession Number: 2005.005

Extent: .25 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: Yates Family Papers, Atlantic City Heritage Collections, Atlantic City Free Public Library.

Creator: Bruyns, Augusta Yates; Yates, Harry E. ; Yates, Harry Washington

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION
Scope and Content: The Yates Family Papers include photographs, menus, brochures, certificates, and a dinner invitation. The items are primarily relating to Captain Harry E. Yates. A few items are relating to Harry Washington Yates and Augusta Kathryn Yates, Harry E. Yates’ children.

The papers were donated to the Atlantic City Historical Museum in 2005 and were transferred to the Atlantic City Free Public Library in 2012 when the library acquired the museum’s collections.

Biographical/Historical Note:
Harry E. Yates was born in Atlantic City in 1874. He attended Pennsylvania Avenue School and then joined Captain Mark Casto at sea on the “Annie Fowler” for 17 years. He then captained private yachts for several years. In 1905 he joined the United States Lifesaving Station crew, serving until 1917, during which time it became part of the Coast Guard and Yates was placed in charge of the Vermont Avenue Coast Guard Station. He served summers on the Atlantic City Beach Patrol. He joined the Atlantic City Police Department in 1917 as a patrolman and in 1920 was promoted to detective and, later, Captain of Detectives. He retired in 1937 and died in 1949. Harry E. Yates married Florence “Flossie” Henold and had 3 children, including Harry Washington Yates and Augusta Kathryn Yates.

Harry Washington Yates was born in Atlantic City in 1893. He joined the Atlantic City Beach Patrol in 1915 and served as Captain of the beach guards at Maryland Avenue in 1933. He was appointed Assistant Chief in 1956, and he retired in 1963 and died in 1971.

Augusta Kathryn Yates was born in 1907. She married Otto Bruyns in 1927. During World War II, she was recognized for patriotic service by the City of Atlantic City for her work with the Red Cross and the Sewing Moms. She worked for Prudential Insurance Company. In 1947 she was appointed secretary of the Northfield Board of Education until her retirement in 1970. She died in 2008.

Sources:
“Who’s Who in the Resort,” Atlantic City Press, 16 July 1933.

“Augusta Kathryn Yates Bruyns,” Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, accessed 26 May 2017.

United States Census Records, www.familysearch.org, accessed 26 May 2017.

System of Arrangement:
Collection is divided according to subject or creator – items about Harry E. Yates, items about Harry Washington Yates, items about Augusta Yates Bruyns, and items from the Guarantee Trust Company.

FOLDER LIST:

Folder 1: Harry E. Yates
Contains a photograph of Yates in his Beach Patrol uniform, an invitation to his 1937 retirement dinner at Hyman’s Restaurant and two programs from the dinner.

Folder 2: Harry Washington Yates
Contains a photograph of Yates in Beach Patrol uniform with another guard and another man in a suit, and a program from a testimonial dinner at 500 Club held in honor of Yates and Richard W. Hughes at their 1963 retirement.

Folder 3: Augusta Yates Bruyns
Contains 2 certificates of commendation for patriotic service as part of the Red Cross and Sewing Moms during World War II, 2 portrait photographs of a young woman, 1 photograph of a wedding party, 1 photograph of a parade float for Atlantic City Electric Company, 1 photograph of a youth group, and a program for a dinner to Charles B. Boyer in 1930 at Hotel Chelsea.

Folder 4: Guarantee Trust Company
Contains brochures distributed by the Atlantic City company, found with the collection.

OTHER INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION
Access Points:
500 Club
Atlantic City Beach Patrol
Atlantic City Electric Co.
Atlantic City Police Department
Beach
Boyer, Charles B.
Bruyns, Augusta Kathryn Yates
Guarantee Trust Company
Hotel Chelsea
Hughes, Richard W. Sr.
Hyman’s Restaurant
Red Cross
Sewing Moms
United States Life-Saving Service
World War II
Yates, Harry E.
Yates, Harry Washington

Related Materials:
H033- Atlantic City Beach Patrol Collection
Local History Biography Files – Yates, Harry E.

Processing Note: The collection is processed and cataloged. Finding aid written by Heather Perez, archivist, May 2017.

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

Updated: 27 June 2017
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Louis Zaris World War II Papers

Title: Louis Zaris World War II Papers
Date: 1944-1962 (bulk 1944-1945)
Collection Number: H115
Accession Number: 2012.007

Extent: 1.25 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: Louis Zaris World War II Papers, Atlantic City Heritage Collections, Atlantic City Free Public Library.

Creator: Zaris, Louis (1917-1990)

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION
Scope and Content:
The Louis Zaris World War II Papers include certificates, photographs, newspaper clippings, an autobiography, a World War II Army Air Corps uniform and cap, and medals relating to military service.

The items in the collection were loaned to the Atlantic City Historical Museum in 1989. Some were selected for display in the Museum’s permanent exhibit and were transferred to the Atlantic City Free Public Library in 2012 when the library acquired the museum’s collections. In 2016 additional items that had not been selected for exhibition were acquired and added to the collection.

Biographical/Historical Note:
Louis Zaris served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II as a 1st Lieutenant bombardier. Before the war, he was an aide to Mayor Thomas Taggart and an Atlantic City police officer.

He took his love of Atlantic City with him to war, dubbing one of the airplanes the “Boardwalk Flyer.” While on a mission over Austria in April 1944, his plane was shot down and Lt. Zaris was captured by German forces. He spent 11 months in Prisoner of War camps in Sagen and Nuremberg, Germany.

After returning to Atlantic City, he owned Zaris Construction Company and Zaris Realty Company. He was involved with various veterans’ groups in the area. He built the Chelsea Towers housing development, one of the first cooperative Federal Housing Authority-sponsored projects in Atlantic City.

Zaris married Evelyn “Babe” and had 4 daughters. He died in 1990 at the age of 72.

Sources:
Zaris, Louis. Autobiography of Louis Zaris: Written at the end of 1945 of his experiences in the Air War over Nazi Europe in WWII from February 1944 to June 1945.
“Zaris, Louis [obituary].” Press of Atlantic City. 18 August 1990.

System of Arrangement:
The collection is arranged by item type. The paper items are housed in one folder, which is arranged chronologically. Artifacts are housed together in one box.

BOX LIST

Box 1: Louis Zaris Papers (one folder)
Newspaper clippings, certificates, photographs, Prisoner of War identification card. Also, brochure for Zaris Construction Company’s Chelsea Towers project from 1962.

Artifact Box 8:
• World War II-era army uniform belonging to Louis Zaris. Tan pants (A), jacket (B), and shirt (C), belt (D), green necktie (E), and awards: 3 bars (F, G, H), 3 medals with ribbons (I, J, K), two maple leaf pins, one on each shoulder (L, M), and two circle pins, one on each shoulder (N, O)
• Burgundy colored, rectangular, garrison cap (a) with white piping and yellow embroidery lettering and American Ex - Prisoners of War patch. Hat has leather band and labels inside for care. Brass colored 7 pointed oak leaf identifying wearer as Major.

OTHER INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION
Access Points:
Boardwalk Flyer (airplane)
Chelsea Towers (Atlantic City)
Prisoners of War
United States. Army Air Force.
World War II
Zaris, Louis

Related Materials:
Local History Biography Files – Zaris, Louis
World War II Memorabilia Collection
Atlantic City Reporter newspaper collection
Women in War and Peace exhibit collection (HEx003)
Atlantic City Remembers World War II exhibit collection (HEx005)
Mayor Thomas Taggart Papers (H036)

Processing Note: The collection is processed and cataloged. Finding aid written by Heather Perez, archivist, June 2017.

Copyright Notice: While the Atlantic City Free Public Library owns the collection, the Library may not own the copyright for all of the items. Researchers wishing to reproduce materials are responsible for obtaining the proper permissions.
Updated 27 June 2017
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Bossert Lee Papers, 1922-2014

Date: 1922-2014
Collection Number: H102
Accession Number: 2014.045

Extent: 3 boxes (.7 cubic ft.)

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

Preferred Citation: Bossert Lee Papers, Atlantic City Heritage Collections, Atlantic City Free Public Library.

Creator: Schneider, Virginia; Bossert Lee, Virginia; Bossert, Charles L.

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION
Scope and Content: The Bossert Lee papers consist of 1940s certificates to Charles L. Bossert, and from Virginia Lee Bossert scrapbooks and 1920s photo books. The collection also includes a brief history of the family written by Virginia Schneider.

Biographical/Historical Note:
Virginia Schneider is the daughter of Virginia Lee Bossert, who is the daughter of Charles L. Bossert. Charles L. Bossert was a basketball player and later was on staff at the Atlantic City Hospital. In 1903 he became Chief Beach Surgeon with the Atlantic City Beach Patrol and from 1906 until 1941 he was Superintendent of the Beach Patrol. Also he was a Selective Service doctor from October 1940-1941.

Virginia Bossert and her husband, Bob Schneider, both graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1924. She was a reporter in high school and in her young adulthood. She wrote “Journal” articles in her scrapbook and Sunday Society articles.

ITEM LIST:
• Hotel Greeters of America, Award of Merit – Dr. Charles L. Bossert, October 1940
• Selective Service appointment to Atlantic County Local Board No. 5, New Jersey – Charles L. Bossert, MD, October 17, 1940
• Selective Service Certificate of Appreciation – discharge, Charles Bossert (signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt)
• Resolution by City Commissioners on Dr. Bossert’s passing – Thomas Taggert, mayor, after November 13, 1941
• Virginia Lee Bossert ACHS Graduation Scrapbook from 1924. Pages 43-44 and 131-132 missing
• “Just a Journal” from Virginia Lee Bossert, January – May 1925 – mentions Easter Parade, Atlantic City social functions, dating life
• Two photo albums approximately 100 pictures pasted into black paper books; includes images of beach patrol, family, Miss America parades, 1920s-early 1930s
• One panoramic photo Atlantic City High School the Class of 1924
• One panoramic photo of the 25th Anniversary Class of 1924 at the Jefferson Hotel.
• Short family history written by Virginia Schneider in 2014

System of Arrangement:
Collection is divided according to creator – items by Virginia Lee Bossert, items relating to Charles Bossert, and items by Virginia Schneider.

Box List:
Box 1
• Virginia Lee Bossert ACHS Graduation Scrapbook
Box 2
• Virginia Lee Bossert’s Journal
• Two 1920s photo albums
• Short family history written by Virginia Schneider
Box 3
Folder 1
• Certificate from Selective Service appointment to Atlantic County Local Board No. 5
• Certificate of Appreciation from Selective Service
Folder 2
• Hotel Greeters of America, Award of Merit
• Resolution by City Commissioners on Dr. Bossert’s passing
Box 4
Panoramic photos (currently unavailable due to preservation)

OTHER INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION
Access Points:
Atlantic City- 1920s
Atlantic City- 1940s
Atlantic City Beach Patrol
Atlantic City High School
Beach
Bossert family
Lee family
Miss America parades

Related Materials:
H033- Atlantic City Beach Patrol Collection
H080-Atlantic City High School Collection

Processing Note: The collection is processed and cataloged. Finding aid written by Kira Hyde, June 2015.

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

Note: Some materials are fragile. Consult with Atlantic City Heritage Collections staff prior to unwrapping or opening enclosures, or prior to photocopying materials.
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Dr. Richlyn Goddard "Northside History" Oral History Project

Date:   1995 - 1996

Collection Number: H097

Extent: .25 cubic feet (16 interviews)

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

Preferred Citation: <narrator name>, Dr. Richlyn Goddard “Northside History” Oral History Project, Atlantic City Heritage Collections, Atlantic City Free Public Library.

 Creator:

An Atlantic City native, Richlyn Faye Goddard, is on the Adjunct Faculty at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s School of Social & Behavioral Sciences since 2007, and at Rowan University’s College of Humanities & Social Science, Interdisciplinary Division since 2010.

She earned a doctorate at Howard University in 2002 in United States History with a concentration in Public History and specialization in Oral History.   Her dissertation was 3 Months to Hurry - 9 Months to Worry: Resort Life for African Americans in Atlantic City, NJ (1850 to 1940). She earned a Masters degree in Africana Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia in1993, and a BA in Sociology/ Anthropology at Stockton College in 1990.

As a Lecturer III in the History Dept. at Howard University, Dr. Goddard was recognized as a pioneer in bridging the technology gap in teaching undergraduate history. She has also taught African American History at The College of NJ (TCNJ), Rowan University, and Distance-Learning in the History Dept. of Coppin University in Baltimore, Maryland.

IN-DEPTH INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

 

Scope and Content:

The narrators for this project were chosen by Dr. Goddard. At the time, Dr. Goddard was living in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, and she was struck by how many former Atlantic City residents and visitors lived in the area. She initially determined to interview 10 of these for a project, which was completed for the Howard University class, Oral History II, taught by Dr. Elizabeth Clark-Lewis in fall 1995. Later interviews were conducted in other locations to expand the research for her thesis.

Dr. Goddard provided copies of the materials to the Atlantic City Free Public Library in March 2014 for research use. She maintains the original transcripts and audio recordings.

System of Arrangement:

The interviews are arranged in the order in which Dr. Goddard presented them to the library for copying. Full transcripts are not available for most of the interviews. They were housed by Dr. Goddard in a binder, but have been placed in folders for ease of storage at the library. Some of the folders contain more than one interview. The names of the 16 interviewees are below.

OTHER INFORMATION FOR USERS OF THE COLLECTION

Subject Access Points:

Atlantic City (N.J.) – History – 20th century
African Americans – New Jersey - Atlantic City
Oral History – New Jersey – Atlantic City
Northside – New Jersey – Atlantic City – History
Westside – New Jersey – Atlantic City – History
3 Months to Hurry and 9 months to worry by Richlyn Goddard

Brown, Mary E.
Collins, TeRoy
Greene, Ralph
Hammond, Robert R.
Hammond, Vivian R.
McCoy, Ulysses
Monk, Mertina
Monk, Wilson C.
Pinkney, Jackie Bass
Ramsey, Priscilla, Ph.D.
Thomas, Sheila Gregory
Thompson, Helen Edwards Scott
Trotter, Judith
Usry, James L.
Ward, Gilbert, Sr.
Williams, Katherine Fairfax
Wood, Marshall

 

Related Materials:

The Atlantic City Heritage Collections houses other oral history collections related to Atlantic City and its residents. These collections are:

Local History Biography Files include information, such as newspaper clippings and photographs, about some of the interviewees and the people to whom they refer in the interviews. Local History Subject Files include information about the subjects to which they refer in the interviews. Two books on the history of the Northside, The Northside, and Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City, are important references. Also check the Library Catalog for other biographies of Atlantic City residents and people with connections to Atlantic City.

 

Processing Note: The collection is processed. Finding aid written by Heather Pérez, archivist, May 2014.

 

Copyright Notice: The Atlantic City Free Public Library shares the copy and reproduction rights for the oral history interviews with Dr. Godard. Please consult with ACFPL Atlantic City Heritage Collections staff before copying or duplicating any materials from this collection.


LIST OF NARRATORS

Narrators are listed as ordered by Dr. Goddard. A brief biographical description and description of interview content is also included, along with the availability of the full transcript.

  1. Priscilla Ramsey, Ph.D. A frequent visitor to Atlantic City from Philadelphia in her childhood. [overview of interview only]
  2. Ulysses McCoy. Visitor to Atlantic City for 5 summers in the late 1950s-early 1950s. [overview of interview only]
  3. Mary E. Brown. Grew up in Atlantic City in the 1930s and 1940s. Worked at the Breaker’s Hotel. Information about Northside neighborhood, buildings, Second Baptist Church, minority-owned businesses, discrimination. [overview, recording index of interview only]
  4. Katherine Fairfax Williams. Raised in Atlantic City from 1933-1944. Discusses her neighborhood, schools. [overview, partial transcript pp.7-10]
  5. Mertina Monk. Raised in Atlantic City. Discusses schools, education, Westside,. [overview of interview only]
  6. Wilson C. Monk. Grew up in the Atlantic City area in the 1920s and 1930s. World War II veteran. Settled in Atlantic City after marrying for some years. Discusses employment, discrimination, Pleasantville and Atlantic City businesses and neighborhoods, black athletes, amusements, celebrities visiting. [overview, recording index, partial transcript pp. 4-5]
  7. Sheila Gregory Thomas. Born and raised in Atlantic City. Her father was Supervisor of Colored Schools, and later, principal of New Jersey Avenue School. Westside, education and teachers, groups and organizations. [overview, recording index, partial transcript p. 6]
  8. Vivian R. Hammond. Born and raised in Atlantic City. World War II-era memories. [overview of interview only]
  9. Judith Barnes Trotter. Born and raised in Atlantic City as a “baby boomer”. Interview covers 1950s and 1960s. Kentucky Avenue businesses and entertainment, Stanley Holmes Village, Monroe Park, and Catholic schools. [overview of interview only]
  10. Robert R. Hammond. Born and raised in Atlantic City. World War II veteran. Discrimination and segregation. [overview of interview only]
  11. James “Jim” Usry. World War II military service. Basketball with Harlem Renaissance and Lincoln University. [4-page transcript; does not cover Atlantic City topics]
  12. Gilbert Ward, Sr. Business owner in Atlantic City from 1943-1996, owned a bar on Michigan Ave. World War II experience in Atlantic City. Discusses bar, other bars and businesses on Northside, 1944 Hurricane. [3-page transcript]
  13. Helen Edwards Scott Thompson. Born and raised in Atlantic City. Educator. Discusses Uptown neighborhood, school segregation court case, childhood activities. Recounts that her father was first African American born on Absecon Island. [32-page transcript]
  14. Ralph Greene. Raised in Atlantic City. Remembers meeting WEB DuBois in Massachusetts. Recounts names of restaurants, entertainment, rooming houses in Atlantic City, neighborhood segregation. Mentions Madam Sarah Spencer Washington and business groups. [17-page partial transcript]
  15. TeRoy Collins. Born and raised in Atlantic City. Atlantic City Beach Patrol lifeguard. Recounts history of ACBP in the 1940s and 1950s, Missouri Avenue Beach (Chicken Bone Beach), beach segregation, and integrating restaurants. Mentions Prohibition, Club Harlem Easter Sunday shooting, [31-page transcript; Interview conducted jointly by Dr. Goddard and Henrietta Shelton]
  16. Marshall Wood. Raised in Atlantic City. Atlantic City Beach Patrol lifeguard. Discusses education and teachers, celebrities on the beach, Chicken Bone Beach, clubs and entertainment, Westside neighborhood. [33-page transcript; interview conducted jointly by Dr. Goddard and Henrietta Shelton]
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Jackie Bass Pinkney. Dancer from New york City who performed at Club Harlem and settled in Atlantic City. Ran a boarding house on North Carolina Avenue. [34-page transcript]