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Bergenfield History

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 Bergnefield street names and derviations (rev.1996), 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, contact the Reference Department at (201) 387-4040 ext. 2832 or email

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.

RECENT EXHIBITION "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.

V-mail V-mail V-mail Letter from a Serviceman Letter from Johnnie Letter from William Wisch Letter from an Atlanta mother
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