Chuck Steiner Photographic Collection, 2011-2018

RECORD GROUP: County Clerk
SERIES: Chuck Steiner Photographic Collection, 2011-2018
DATES: 2011-2018
VOLUME: 26 CDs and DVDs (1 Box)

Chuck Steiner image

Chuck Steiner, photo by Gary D. Saretzky, March 25, 2019

This collection consists of CDs with digital photographs by Charles “Chuck” Steiner, a member of the staff of the Monmouth County Archives. Some of the photos were taken for the Archives. Others were taken for different County departments and a small proportion were not taken on a County assignment. Mr. Steiner, who created most of these CDs, has conveyed copyright for those taken personally to Monmouth County. Also included in the box is one CD and two DVDs with photos taken by an Archives volunteer, Lee Moffitt, for the Archives.
Chuck Steiner was born in East Orange in 1945 and grew up in Newark. After high school and military service, in 1969, he married Edwardine Prokes and bought a house in Union Beach. He became a draftsman for various architects working on the Newark Airport, followed by a position as draftsman for Bonds clothing stores. Steiner then worked for Revlon, designing and installing displays throughout the United States. His next job was as a draftsman for the U.S. Navy Resale System as a civilian employee.

Steiner became a serious amateur photographer by 1975. He took photo classes at Brookdale Community College and built a home darkroom. In the 1980s, he began free-lancing for the local newspaper in Keyport. He continued and expanded his part-time photography business, including photos of school sports teams, sometimes assisted by his sons David and Marc, when they got old enough to help. Marc especially became an active photographer, including for the New York Times and other media.

In 1994, Steiner joined the clerical staff of Monmouth County Clerk Jane Clayton at the Hall of Records in Freehold. Mrs. Clayton transferred Steiner to the Monmouth County Archives in Manalapan, one of her divisions, in 1997. After M. Claire French became County Clerk, Steiner occasionally took photographs for her and other county departments. For the Archives, he photographed events, including Archives and History Day, held annually in October. In addition to his microfilming and scanning tasks at the Archives, Steiner did much work on the Archives’ Red Bank Register negative collection, including transferring negatives to archival quality sleeves and making contact prints in the Archives’ darkroom until the Archives began using digital photographic processes.

Beyond his employment, Steiner served 30 years on the Union Beach Planning Board, including as chair, and was a Commissioner of the Bayshore Sewerage Authority and a trustee of the Monmouth County Arts Council.

Scope & Content
CD # Date Subjects # files/folders
01 2011, Jan. 6 Freeholders Reorganization, Retired Freeholders 66 files, jpg
02 2011, Oct. 5 Monmouth County Planning Board awards 24 files, jpg
03 2012, Oct. 13 Archives and History Day 198 files, jpg
04 2012, Oct. 19 Election Meeting, Municipal Clerks at The Breakers 37 files, jpg
05 2012, June 14-2015, Mar. 4 Raw files (Nef) and jpgs, Superstorm Sandy, et al. 14 folders
06 2013, Jan. 6-Apr. 27 Various. Also various in 14 folders, June 13-Nov. 18 including Superstorm Sandy in  Union Beach, Sea Bright, Freehold 356 files
07 2013, Oct. 13 Raw files and jpgs 5 folders
08 2013, July 24 Monmouth County Fair 175 files, RAW (Nef)
08b 175 files, jpg
09 2013, Aug. 22 Preserving Photos by Rachel Wetzel at Monmouth County Library HQ 22 files, jpg
10 2013, Oct Archives Week 130 files, jpg
10a 2013, Oct Archives Week seminars, Cheryl Cook (Clayton Award winner), Job Grabas, seminar about water damage 2 DVDs
11 2014, May 1 Tara Christensen leaving Archives staff, group photo 13 files, jpg
12 2014, July 17 Joyce Zimmerman, librarian, retirement party 26 files, jpg
13 2014, Sept 15 Archives reading room 1 file, jpg
14 2014, Oct. 31 County Clerk Claire French’s Halloween party at Market Yard 176 files, jpg
15 2014, Dec. 19 Archives Christmas party at Bonefish Grill, Manalapan 18 files, jpg
16 2015, Jan. 6 Monmouth County Reorganization meeting at Bio High School, Freehold Township 60 files, jpg
16a & 16b 2 DVDs
17 2015, Mar. 20 Claire French retirement party in Union Beach 38 files, jpg
18 2015, Mar. 25 County Clerk Christine Hanlon first visit to Archives 14 files, jpg
19 2018, Oct. 13 Archives and History Day, Lee Moffitt’s photos 106 files, jpg
19a & 19b 2 DVDs
20 2018, Oct. 13 Archives and History Day, Chuck Steiner’s photos 99 files, jpg


The photographs are available for research and educational purposes. Publication should be accompanied by an appropriate credit to the photographer and the Monmouth County Archives. For other uses, permission is required.
Contact the Archives.
The CD’s are arranged chronologically and on the discs, alphabetically by event.
Monmouth County Archives
125 Symmes Drive
Manalapan NJ 07726
(732) 308-3771
Acquisition Information
Mr. Steiner has conveyed copyright for those taken personally to Monmouth County.
Processing Information
This finding aid was written by Gary D. Saretzky on March 22, 2019.
Related Material
In its digital photo files, in Digital Camera Images, the Archives has a “Steiner, Chuck, Photos By” folder with many photographs taken by Chuck Steiner between 2008 and 2018. There is some overlap between these files and those on the CDs but a detailed comparative analysis has not been made.