The Archives of the Cape May County Clerk’s Office is a climate-controlled document storage area within the Hall of Records where documents and volumes dating back to the 1690s are preserved. The Archives houses a vast collection of Cape May County real property, court and civil records as well as newspapers in hard copy and microfilm. The Cape May County Clerk’s Office Archives is open Monday through Friday (except holidays) 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The collection housed in the Archives includes:
Deeds and Indexes from 1692
Mortgages and Indexes from 1692
Naturalization Records 1896-1964
Court Records from 1797-1948
Justice of the Peace Dockets 1786-1948
Census Records 1850, 1860, 1865, 1870
Rules for Researchers of the Archives:
1. Each researcher must sign the register at the reception desk and provide identification upon entering each day.
2. Smoking, eating, drinking and the use of pens and indelible pencils or markers are prohibited in the Archives.
3. Large bags and briefcases are not permitted within the Archives.
4. Each researcher must use care when handling books and materials. To preserve delicate original records, patrons are required to use microfilm copies of originals whenever available. Gloves must be worn when using original records.
5. All bound books and documents must be placed flat on the tables for reading. No books or documents or other objects are to be placed on top of original materials.
6. Copies of documents pre-dating 1900 will be made from microfilm. When microfilm does not exist all photocopying of original archival materials will be done by the staff, provided the condition of the item is such that photocopying can be done without damage to the original.
7. Small children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.
For more information please contact Cape May County Clerk Archivist Diana L. Hevener at 609-463-6448 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
County Clerk Rita Marie Fulginiti accepted delivery on November 29, 2006 of five 19th Century Cape May County Deed Books which have received professional conservation treatments on the pages hand sewn into new goatskin bindings. “These books – Deed Book 41, 46, 46, 48 and 57 were recorded in the County Clerk’s Office by hand from February 14, 1876 to April 21, 1883. Their use over the last 13 decades for land title research has caused the bindings to come apart.” Fulginiti said. The conservation treatments were done by Brown’s River Records Preservation Services of Essex VT. “I am very pleased with the quality work we received on these volumes. I plan to continue to have other volumes in our Archives conserved.”