May 27, 2022

New Jersey Dept. of Agriculture Launches Database of More Than 2000 Vintage Photographs


An online data – and image bank describing more than 7,000 vintage photographs produced by the Department of Agriculture to document farming in New Jersey from the late 19th century through the 1970s has been created. Of these, more than 2,000 photos have been scanned and are now publicly viewable in the image bank at

“It illustrates not only the history of farming, but also the dedication of archivists to making that history accessible,” said Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

In 1984, the State Archives acquired a vast collection of historical photographs from the Department of Agriculture, originating as a public information photo file soon after the department was created in 1916. The images were used for publication in bulletins and reports, press releases and simply to document agriculture and related industries in New Jersey. Seven decades later, the collection had grown to 90 boxes.

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