Archives/County Historian

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 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 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Archive collections include:
  • Census Records 1850, 1860, 1865, 1870
  • Court Records from 1797-1948
  • Deeds and Indexes from 1692
  • Justice of the Peace Dockets 1786-1948
  • Maps
  • Marriages 1795-1878
  • Mortgages and Indexes from 1692
  • Naturalization Records 1896-1964

For more information email Cape May County Clerk Archivist Diana L. Hevener or call 609-463-6448.

County Historian 

Cape May County Clerk Rita M. Rothberg was named County Historian by the Board of Chosen Freeholders on April 14, 2015 (Res. No. 289-15).  

As County Historian Clerk Rothberg and her staff carry out a historical program presenting exhibits and preserving, collecting, and providing access to historical records important to Cape May County history which dates back to its formal creation on November 12, 1692 by an Act of the General Assembly of the Province of West Jersey.  

There is always something new to rediscover from the past.