Category: Government

  • Edwin A. Stevens School

    Edwin A. Stevens School

    430 South 4th Street The two Stevens brothers, Robert L. and Edwin A. Stevens, owned a large tract of land south of the railroad, now Mickle Boulevard, which they divided into building lots around 1840. Stevens Street, located on their land, bears their name. Edwin A. Stevens, who lived in Hoboken, NJ, donated the lot…

  • Alfred Cramer Elementary School

    Alfred Cramer Elementary School

    2800 Mickle Street, Camden, NJ In 1913, the Eastside Elementary School was built in the 2800 block of Mickle Street during the administration of Mayor Charles H. Ellis. At this time, Camden’s longtime Superintendent of Schools, Dr. James E. Bryan, oversaw the construction of many new schools in Camden. As East Camden’s population grew and…

  • William J. Sewell School

    William J. Sewell School

    700 North Seventh Street Northeast Corner of North 7th & Vine Streets The William Joyce Sewell School was built as an outcome of a July 1902 decision of the Camden Board of Education that a new school, designed by architect Arnold H. Moses, be built on the northeast corner of North 7th and Vine Streets,…

  • Central School

    Central School

    Central School’s roots trace back to Camden’s earliest days of public education, named for its location in the Middle Ward, one of Camden’s original three wards before the 1871 Charter. In 1877, Camden’s Board of Education decided to replace the old school at South 4th Street and Hartman Street (now Clinton Street) with a new…

  • Octavius V. Catto Elementary School

    2930 Saunders Street, Camden, NJ The Octavius V. Catto Elementary School, situated at 2930 Saunders Street in East Camden, was erected in 1929 under the leadership of Mayor Winfield S. Price. It replaced an existing school originally constructed by the Town of Stockton, which became part of the Camden school system in 1899 following Stockton’s…

  • Camden High School

    Camden High School

    1700 Park Boulevard, Camden, NJ Northwest Corner of Park Boulevard and Baird Boulevard Camden High School first welcomed students in 1918, occupying the intersection of Park Boulevard and Baird Avenue, a parcel of land originally within the bounds of Forest Hill Park, later renamed Farnham Park in 1927. The swift rise in population drove the…

  • 1928 Camden High School Yearbook

    1928 Camden High School Yearbook

    Yearbook of the Class of 1928 of Camden High School. Text is searchable, with limitations in some of the fonts.

  • Camden County Courthouse

    Camden County Courthouse

    The act that established Camden County required an election to determine the county seat, held on August 12, 1845. Camden won 1062 votes, Gloucester 822, Haddonfield 422, and Mount Ephraim 33, with a total of 2339 votes. However, as no place had received the required majority, a second election was held on April 28, 1846,…

  • Diamond Cottage Park

    Diamond Cottage Park

    Diamond Cottage Park may well have been the first real city park in Camden. The park was the favorite haunt of boys and girls from North and Central Camden from the 1880s until the early 1920s, when the park was paved over to make room for the Delaware River (Ben Franklin) Bridge. It was located…

  • New Camden Cemetery

    New Camden Cemetery

    Northeast Corner of Mount Ephraim Avenue and Ferry Avenue New Camden Cemetery is on the northeast corner of Mount Ephraim Avenue and Ferry Avenue, opposite Evergreen Cemetery. The cemetery opened in 1887, as Old Camden Cemetery, between Mount Ephraim and Haddon Avenues north of Mount Vernon Street, was approaching capacity. The City of Camden owns…

  • George Genge School

    George Genge School

    The first school house known to have been erected within the present city limits of Camden appears to have been the one-story, red brick Camden Academy, built at 6th and Market Streets in 1804, on land donated by Jacob Cooper back in 1776. The delay in construction was a result of the economic and political…

  • A Brief History of Ambulance Services in Camden

    A Brief History of Ambulance Services in Camden

    Camden’s new automobile police patrol and ambulance were put in service on July 14, 1910. One of the first drivers was Albert T. York, who eventually rose to the rank of Sergeant on the Camden Police Department. Prior to late 1973, the Ambulance Squad was being run by the City Police and Fire Departments. At…

  • Camden Catholic High School

    Camden Catholic High School

    Broadway and Federal Street, Camden, NJ The first Camden Catholic High School was built in Camden in 1896, and was known as the Lyceum. A new school was contracted for in 1923, and the cornerstone was laid at North 7th and Federal Streets in October 18, 1923. The school, which included the former Lyceum and…

  • Carnegie Library (AKA the Camden Free Public Library)

    Carnegie Library (AKA the Camden Free Public Library)

    616 Broadway Northeast Corner of Broadway and Line Street The Library Committee of City Council, on February 24th, adopted a resolution presented by Councilman Charles H. Ellis, formally accepting Andrew Carnegie’s offer of $100,000 for a public library in Camden. On April 28, 1903 the Free Library Trustees recommended the purchase of the Dialogue property,…

  • Electrical Bureau, Camden NJ

    Electrical Bureau, Camden NJ

    My father worked for the Electrical Bureau in Camden for 30 years, from approximately 1973 (I think) to when he retired in 2004. He has since passed and I have been maintaining his website on his behalf, until which time it makes sense not to. Here are a gallery of his photos which he has…