Are you interested in local history? You can obtain information from the Library’s Archives and other special collections. The Archives contains photographs, letters, reports, newspaper clippings and documents related to the people, history, and institutions of Bergenfield. We’ve developed a Finding Aid with subject headings to help you identify items of interest in the collection. The Archives also houses “Crossroads,” the yearbook of Bergenfield High School, “Bergenfield Streets,” a volume of Bergenfield street names and derivations (rev.1996), digitized copies of the Twin-Boro News (2000-2010), and “Dear Bergenfield: Greetings from World War II.” The Reference area also houses approximately 500 volumes on New Jersey history. To search for an item in the Archives, please contact the Reference Department at 201-387-4040 ext. 2832 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Library has an almost complete collection of Crossroads, the Bergenfield High School yearbook, from 1943 through 2002.
Dear Bergenfield: Greetings from World War II
The Bergenfield Local Servicemen’s Committee, a branch of the USO, provided hospitality to troops from the Teaneck armory during WW II.
According to A Country Place No More by Michael J. Birkner, “as more Bergenfield boys went overseas in 1943 and 1944, the USO increasingly devoted attention to sending mail and Christmas packages to them.” ‘Dear Bergenfield’ is a two-volume collection of postcards, letters, V-mail and greeting cards from soldiers and others, to the Servicemen’s Committee. Totaling 193 items, these messages from young Americans stationed throughout the U.S. and overseas express great appreciation for the homefront effort, and also provide insight and perspective of the experience shared by those who fought the Second World War.
“Dear Bergenfield” an exhibition of letters, correspondence and other World War II memorabilia was on view in the Library gallery April 6 – May 16, 2014 and was made possible through a grant from the New Jersey Center for the Book to mark the 350th anniversary of the State of New Jersey.
Please contact the Reference Department (201-387-4040 ext. 2832) for assistance in using this collection.