Leonia Public Library

Lawn Tennis, circa 1887 First Leonia Elementary School, circa 1894
Alan Alda Henry Lankenau circa 1940s Couple in a roadster, circa 1920s

Leonia Public Library Digital Collections

Welcome to the Local History Digital Collections of Leonia Public Library. This online collection has recently been started, so please check this website frequently, as additional images will be added continually.

Click below to browse suggested subsets of the collection.

Borough Services



Leonia Village, 1890s
First Firehouse
First Pharmacy
Downtown 1920s
Downtown 1940s

Public Buildings

Civil War Drill Hall
Train Stations
Borough Hall

Photo Collections

Vreeland-Moore Album, 1889
Borough Scenes

Houses & Streets

Artist Bungalow
Bennett Boarding House
Bogert House
David Christie House
Moore Homestead
Noyes Home
Romaine Place
Samuel Cole House
Sophia Hopken House
Vreeland House


Military Artifacts
Military Photographs
Military Documents


Local History
Nobel Laureates
Educators & Authors
Musicians, Actors & Artists


American Legion
Boy Scouts & Explorer Scouts
Girl Scouts
Junior Woman's Club
Men's Neighborhood Club 1911-1966
Men's Tennis Club
Oakdene Tennis Club
Woman's Club
Players Guild
Literary League 1885-1894
League of Women Voters 1964-2001

Community Activities

Actors in a Movie Scene
Artists at Their Easels
Give Away Days, 1949
Lawn Tennis

Archival Collections

Moore Collection 1703-1931
Edsall Family Papers 1804-1951
Vreeland Papers 1705-1896
Oral Histories
Borough Records 1894-2002
Nancy Hawkins Papers 1950-1957
Dudley Allen Papers 1950-1957
Selena Johnson Papers 1950-1986
Borough Centennial 1994

Search Tips

Keyword Search: This is the best place to start and is usually a sufficient search tool. Use descriptive words, subjects, words from a possible title, object ID numbers and other possibilities to search. Start with one or two words and then build from there. Words are automatically ANDed by default. Use an asterisk (*) if complete spelling is unknown or you are okay with alternate endings off the branch word; as in Noy* for Noyes or librar* for library, libraries, librarian or librarians.

Random Images: Always a fun option, use Random Images to browse through the available digital collection. Click More Random Images to refresh the page with a new set of records to browse.

Click & Search: Click & Search is a quick way to search without having to know what terms are in the database. All terms are presented for you in a clickable manner. If you click on the letter T to the right of the category labeled Subject a dropdown box appears with searchable terms. If you click on Trolley, you will then find the search results for that term.

Advanced Search: Here you are able to search by different categories (keywords, title, creator, object name, description, people, subject, search terms, collection, catalog number). They may be helpful in identifying specific items or narrowing search results.

Help: Click on the Help navigation button at the top for more comprehensive search tips.

Funding has been made possible in part by the Bergen County Department of Parks and an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commision, a division of the Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs.
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