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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.

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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

 

Brown, Mary E.

Collins, TeRoy

Greene, Ralph

Hammond, Robert R.

Hammond, Vivian R.

McCoy, Ulysses

Monk, Mertina

Monk, Wilson C.

Ramsey, Priscilla, Ph.D.

Thomas, Sheila Gregory

Thompson, Helen Edwards Scott

Trotter, Judith

Usry, James L.

Ward, Gilbert, Sr.

Williams, Katherine Fairfax

Wood, Marshall

3 Months to Hurry and 9 months to worry

 

Related Materials:

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

  • Dr. James R. Karmel Atlantic City Project Oral History Interviews, 2000-2005
  • Atlantic City Free Public Library Living History Project, 1977-1978 (H040)
  • Dorothy J. Beatty "Black History of Atlantic City" Oral History Project (H057)
  • “30 Years, 30 Voices” Atlantic City Free Public Library Oral History Project, 2008 (H064)

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.
  12. Gilbert Ward, Sr.
  13. Helen Edwards Scott Thompson.
  14. Ralph Greene.
  15. TeRoy Collins.
  16. Marshall Wood.

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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.