Interested in learning more about Paterson’s history? Below you will find a list of digital resources that will help get you started.

General Timeline of African American History in Paterson, NJ


The Paterson Museum contributes to the Digital Public Library of America. Click on the link to take a look at the resources we have made available on that platform: Click Here to Learn More

Archival Finding Aids


The Paterson Museum’s holdings include several archival collections. Below are the finding aids for the collections, which have been processed. Please note that this listing is not a complete list of our archival collections. New finding aids will be added to this site as we continue to process our archival holdings. Please reach out to the Museum if you need more information about a particular collection or wish to arrange an appointment to look at a collection in person.


Great Falls Newsletter (2023.31)

Malcolm Cooper Collection (2023.32.01)

Marilyn Grinwis Grey Silk City Diner Collection (2003.28/ 2004.16/ 2007.11)

Barbour Family & Industries Research Files (2024.09.01)

Thomas Hough Business Record Collection (1993.38)