Table of Contents

Overview of the Collection

Biographical Information

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Administrative Information

Series Arrangement & Description

Series 1: Exhibit: History in the Making

Series 2: Exhibit: The Plainfield Project

Series 3: Personal Genealogy

Series 4: Plainfield Biography

Contents List

Plainfield Project List of Photographs

Plainfield Public Library

Jean Mattson Collection [1977-1999]

Finding aid written and encoded by Sarah Hull in May 2009; collection processed in May 2009 by Sarah Hull.


Overview of the Collection
Repository: Plainfield Public Library, Local History Department, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Creator: Jean Mattson
Title: Jean Mattson Collection
Dates: 1977 to 1999
Quantity: 1 linear feet of records
Comprised of 2 archival boxes:
One (1) 10”x15”x12” archival storage box
One (1) large photographic storage box

Abstract: The Jean Mattson collection documents her work with two exhibits involving Plainfield, NJ.  The first exhibit includes her academic and genealogical research of local African American individuals from “History In The Making: Honoring Achievement in Plainfield.”  This exhibit honors the achievements, great and small, of numerous people throughout the history of Plainfield, NJ. There is also a series of Jean Mattson’s own work from her photographic exhibit entitled, “The Plainfield Project: A Work in Progress,” which celebrates the diversity of Plainfield’s population. Other papers include biographical and genealogical materials from Jean’s family and other Plainfield residents.  Record types include: photocopies of handwritten letters and genealogical research, typed biographies, curriculum vitae, brief biographies, newspaper clippings, photographs, video tapes, and a CD.  Materials date from 1977 to 1999..
Language: The records are in English and Spanish

Biographical Information

Jean Mattson was born in Plainfield, NJ, and was graduated from Maxson School and Plainfield High School.  She holds master's degrees on educational media and history. She is a former president of the Historical Society of Plainfield.  Local historian, world traveler, and photography teacher, Jean is a well-respected member of the Plainfield community. 

Also an accomplished photographer, Jean has worked on numerous photography shows over the years. Her photos have been published on magazine covers in Ireland, and shown at conferences on gypsy lore. She also has had works on display at the Plainfield Public Library and the Drake House Museum in Plainfield. One of Jean's most notable exhibits includes an eight-year photographic survey in Ireland involving an inner city neighborhood and study of “The Traveling Gypsies” – Irish gypsies.  In the late 1990s, Jean received a grant from New Jersey State Council on the Arts for her “Plainfield Project,” which documents Plainfield’s diverse population. Jean currently resides in Plainfield, where she also teaches photography.

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Scope and Contents

The Personal Papers of the Jean Mattson include a variety of material dating from the 1990s, and is largely undated.  Record types include: curriculum vitae, brief biographies, event fliers, newspaper clippings, and photographs.  The CVs, biographies, clippings, and some photographs are those of notable African Americans with a relationship to Plainfield, NJ – either as a resident or through their occupation.  They are all part of a 1996 exhibit entitled, “History in the Making: Honoring Achievement in Plainfield.”  Jean Mattson was a Committee Member for the exhibit, which was dedicated to Mills Barnes – a well-respected, Plainfield historian and black history pioneer.  This exhibit was sponsored by the Historical Society of Plainfield and the Drake House Museum.  The collection also includes Jean Mattson’s own photographs from her exhibit entitled, “The Plainfield Project: A Work in Progress,” which celebrates the diversity of Plainfield’s population. This series contains 59 sepia toned and black & white photographs, mostly 8x10 or 11x14.

There are also documents related to Jean Mattson’s genealogical research into her own family. These include: photocopies of genealogical records of the Crane/Squier family, a copy of a newspaper clipping, and two color photographs of painted portraits of Mr & Mrs. Squier.

There are also: two 60 minute, VHS video tapes contain an oral history with Anne Louise Davis and one CD, entitled “The Life & Times of Mary Vic Griswold.

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Series Arrangement

The Personal Papers of the Jean Mattson are arranged into four series:

Series 1: Exhibit - History in the Making: Honoring Achievement in Plainfield
Series 2: Exhibit - The Plainfield Project: A Work in Progress
Series 3: Personal Genealogy
Series 4: Plainfield Biography

 

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Access and Use

Restrictions on Access

The "Personal Papers of Jean Mattson " is available for research.

Access is restricted to materials prepared by the Local History department staff. All materials must be viewed in the Plainfield Room and may not be removed to another area of the library without permission of the Library Director or designee. Materials must be handled carefully and kept in order. Materials must not be leaned upon, altered, folded, ripped, or traced upon. Marks may not be added or erased from materials. Materials must be returned directly to Local History department staff and inspected before the researcher leaves the Plainfield Room.

Restrictions on Use

One photocopy may be made (by Plainfield Public Library staff) of each document for the purpose of research; official Local History departmental reproduction fees may apply. Permission to publish must be obtained by the Plainfield Public Library Board of Trustees as delegated to the Library Director. Permission to publish does not constitute a copyright clearance. The researcher is responsible for further copyright restrictions. The Plainfield Public Library is not responsible for the misuse of copyrighted material.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

People:

Mattson, Jean
Davis, Anne Louis
Vic Griswold, Mary

Organizations:

Historical Society of Plainfield
Drake House Museum
Plainfield Public Library

Places:

Plainfield (N.J.)

Subjects:

Plainfield (N.J.)--History
African Americans -- History
Black History
Plainfield (N.J.)--Photography
Plainfield (N.J.)--Biography
Plainfield (N.J.)--Genealogy

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection consists of paper documents and photographs which do not require any additional technology for access. In addition, there are two VHS video tapes and one CD that require suitable players for viewing and listening, which can be supplied by the Library upon request.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Identification of item; Date (if noted); "The Jean Mattson Collection," Box and Folder Number; Local History Department, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield, New Jersey.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated on September 26, 2007 by Mrs. Jean Mattson.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Sarah Hull in May 2009. The finding aid was written and encoded by Sarah Hull in May 2009. Finding aid content follows the guidelines suggested by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

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Series Description of the Collection

Series 1: Exhibit - History in the Making: Honoring Achievement in Plainfield [1996]

Series Description
Series 1 contains curriculum vitae, brief biographies, event fliers, newspaper clippings, and photographs related to the 1996 exhibit entitled, “History in the Making: Honoring Achievement in Plainfield.”  Jean Mattson was a Committee Member for the exhibit, which was sponsored by the Historical Society of Plainfield and the Drake House Museum.  It is composed solely of paper documents and photographs.

Arrangement
Series 1 is arranged alphabetically by personal name. It was originally housed in a three-ring binder, but the original provenance has been maintained.


Series 2: Exhibit - The Plainfield Project: A Work in Progress [1998-1999]

Series Description
Series 2 contains Jean Mattson’s own work from her photographic exhibit entitled, “The Plainfield Project: A Work in Progress,” which celebrates the diversity of Plainfield’s population.  It is composed solely of black and white or sepia-toned photographs.

Arrangement
Series 2 is arranged by subject, and fills one oversized, photograph box.

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Series 3: Personal Genealogy [undated]

Series Description
Series 3 contains Jean Mattson’s genealogical research of her relatives from the Crane & Squier families.  Documents are photocopies of typed and handwritten records. 

Arrangement
Series 3 is predominantly arranged by subject or author, and fills 1 folder.

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Series 4: Plainfield Biography [1977, undated]

Series Description
Series 4 contains biographies and genealogies of several people, specifically: Nancy White Campbell (circa 1860), the Brower family (including the Bogardus, Webber, De la Montagne, and Duryea family lines), Anne Louise Davis, and Mary Vic Griswold. There are photocopies of publications, genealogical records, letters, photographs, and newspaper clippings in this series, as well as two VHS tapes and a CD. There are also two lists of names of Plainfield residents. 

Arrangement
Series 4 is arranged by subject, and fills 7 folders.

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Contents Listing

Box

Folder

Title

Date

1

1

History in the Making: Honoring Achievement

1996

 

2

History in the Making: Honoring Achievement

1996

 

3

History in the Making: Honoring Achievement

1996

 

4

Personal Genealogy

undated

 

5

Nancy White Campbell “Ebenezer” part 1

1977

 

6

Nancy White Campbell “Ebenezer” part 1

1977

 

7

Nancy White Campbell “Ebenezer” part 2

1977

 

8

Brower Genealogy, part 2

undated

 

9

Plainfield resident lists

undated

 

10

Anne Louise Davis oral history VHS tape (Master)

undated

 

11

Anne Louise Davis oral history VHS tape (Copy)

undated

  12 The Life & Times of Mary Vic Griswold CD undated
  13 Van Wyck Genealogy, Part 1 undated
  14 Van Wyck Genealogy, Part 2 undated
  15 Horton Genealogy, Part 1 undated
  16 Horton Genealogy, Part 2 undated
  17 Olcott Genealogy undated
  18 Brower Genealogy, Part 1 undated

 

 

 

 

 2 1 Letter to mayor, index, and title pages 1998

 

 

59 photographs from The Plainfield Project

1998, 1999

       
The Plainfield Project - List of Photographs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Title

Description

Size

Type

Smiling couple

Rosemary/Al Pittis; She on left, he on right, standing

8 x 10

Sepia

Smiling couple

Rosemary/Al Pittis; She on right, he on left, standing

8 x 10

Sepia

Smiling couple

Rosemary/Al Pittis; She on left, he on right standing by bush

8 x 10

Sepia

Young girl

Young girl in white uniform, sitting and reading in garden

8 x 10

Sepia

Barbara Sandford

Standing behind picket fence with pruning shears

8 x 10

Sepia

O'Celia Nevels

Standing on porch, holding on to railing

8 x 10

Sepia

Young girl

Sitting on bench, legs crossed, wearing hat with daisy on it

8 x 10

Sepia

Frank Meeks

Standing in front of wood pile, arms crossed in front

8 x 10

Sepia

Bernice Swain

Standing by gnarled tree in garden

8 x 10

B&W

Elizabeth Booth

Seated on chair on lawn, legs crossed

8 x 10

B&W

Peggy Thomas

Seated on wrought iron bench, legs crossed

8 x 10

Sepia

Church Group

Hispanic group at St. Mary's Church, Good Friday

8 x 10

B&W

Two smiling women

Nancy Piwowar, Barbara Fuller for 1st Sousa Concert

8 x 10

B&W

Smiling woman

Seated on brick steps in front of 915

8 x 10

Sepia

Boy & girl

Seated on steps, wearing Mortar Boards

8 x 10

B&W

Paul O'Keeffe

Seated on step of War Memorial

8 x 10

B&W

Nellie Dixon

Standing with hand on large tree

8 x 10

B&W

Nellie Dixon

Seated in front of bush and tree, smiling

8 x 10

B&W

Woman

Standing by easel with still life painting

8 x 10

B&W

Man

Seated on rocks, with crossed legs, holding knee

8 x 10

B&W

Marge Patterson

Seated, smiling, arm bent with hand on face

8 x 10

B&W

2 girls

Face painting at Plainfield Art Show, Library Park1

8 x 10

B&W

Elizabeth Booth

Standing in her garden, back yard

8 x 10

B&W

Family picture

Father, mother, son standing on lawn in front of house

8 x 10

B&W

Frank Meeks & wife

Standing in front of split log fence,

8 x 10

B&W

Jeanette Williams/Nima Warfield

Seated on stone bench

8 x 10

B&W

Barbara Sandford

Seated with violin in lap

8 x 10

B&W

Nima Warfield & Mother

Standing in front of Emerson School welcoming sign

8 x 10

B&W

Smiling man & woman

Standing in front of bench with background of trees

8 x 10

B&W

Seated Man

Holding landscape painting

8 x 10

B&W

Man & woman

Nima Warfield, Rhodes Scholar PHS; Mother, Magna Cum Laude

9 1/2 x 13

B&W

Woman

In long dress, standing in front of steps

11 x 14

B&W

Young girl

Seated on bench, legs crossed, wearing hat with daisy on it

9 x 13

B&W

Smiling man

Harry Ailster standing in Arbor

11 x 14

B&W

Smiling woman

Brenda Smiley, standing in Arbor with long skirt and hat`

11 x 14

B&W

Smiling couple

Rosemary/Al Pittis, she on left, he on right in shorts

11 x 14

B&W

Smiling woman

Beulah Womack, seated in front of bush, turban matching dress

9 1/2 x 12

Sepia

Three men

Seated,wearing white cricket uniforms

11 x 14

B&W

Man

Oliver Anderson lying in hammock attached to fence

11 x 12

Sepia

People in road

Good Friday Procession

11 x 14

B&W

Crucifix

Good Friday bringing cross into St. Mary's Church

11 x 14`

B&W

Smiling woman

Mindy Grote sitting on porch railing next to potted plant

11 x 14

B&W

Man & woman

Aaron Brinkley and girl sitting on bench in empty stadium

11 x 14

B&W

Smiling woman

Elderly, seated in garden rocker

11 x 14

B&W

Artist

Adams Garrett in front of paintings, holding brushes in hand

11 x 14

B&W

Three women

Mother Teresa nuns, Good Friday procession

11 x 14

B&W

Three females

Library park, Mary Vic with cane, child with balloons, mother

11 x 12

B&W

Three people

Spanish festival, people unknown

11 x 14

B&W

Group of children/teachers

Spanish Day Care Center about 1990

12 x 13

B&W

Seated Man

Victor King seated in garden

11 x 14

B&W

Smiling man

Westry Horne on tennis court, holding racket

11 x 14

B&W

15 costumed men & women

Spanish dance group

11 x 14

B&W

Smiling man

Mills Barnes, age 100, seated on bench

11 x 14

B&W

Standing girl

Dressed for Communion Day, St. Mary's Church

11 x 14

B&W

Man, woman, child

Malcolm, Flora Dunn and grandchild on lawn in front of house

11 x 14

B&W

Elderly woman

Julia, seated holding pitchfork

11 x 12

B&W

8 Children

Standing in horizontal line, smiling

8 x 10

B&W

Woman, bike and dog

Ruth Dobson by side of house

11 x 14

B&W

Freeman Wetstone

Mr. Wetstone seated on brick steps of house

11 x 14

B&W

 

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