Joseph J. Truncer Book Collection

RECORD GROUP: Special Collections
SERIES: Joseph J. Truncer Book Collection
DATES: 1758-1997
VOLUME: 13 cubic feet

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Provenance and History
The Joseph J. Truncer Book Collection (Accession 2011-03) was donated by James J. (‘Jim”) Truncer, Secretary-Director of the Monmouth County Parks System, in February 2011. Jim’s father, Joseph J. Truncer, had loaned the collection to the Monmouth County Archives in 1999, where it has remained ever since.  The contents of the collection reflect Joseph Truncer’s career and interests.

Joseph J. Truncer (1907-2000) was born in Williamstown, New Jersey, and graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in forestry in 1929. After graduation, he worked as a land surveyer for the New Jersey Bureau of Forests.  In 1932, he became the first superintendent of Parvin State Park, where he used the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) to help turn the land into a state park with an unusual history. During World War II, the park became an internment camp for German prisoners of war. At war’s end, the park was occupied by Japanese American detainees.

In 1947, Truncer was appointed Assistant Director of State Parks and Forestry in the Department of Conservation in Trenton and, from 1953 to 1962, served as the Principal Forester. During this period the state gained title to approximately 100,000 acres of land, known as the Wharton Tract, in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Truncer supervised the Wharton Tract land survey from 1953-1955; it was one of the largest land surveys east of the Mississippi River.  “The Wharton Tract was the crucial core area of the Pine Barrens from which the subsequent expansion of conservation protection was expanded to approximately one million acres,” largely through Truncer’s advocacy and leadership.  “Truncer became especially passionate about . . . Batsto, which . . . he worked diligently to restore . . . to its original condition and open this historic site to the public.”

In 1964, Truncer became chief of the Bureau of Parks and Recreation, and in 1966 was appointed director of Parks, Forestry and Recreation, remaining in this position until his retirement in 1974.  He played a leading role in the Green Acres Committee which was the state’s pioneering and highly acclaimed parks and open space program.  Before his retirement, Truncer served as president of the National Association of State Park Directors in 1972 and 1973.

Truncer received the Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medal in 1969 from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration for “his great success and accomplishments in building the state of New Jersey’s System of Historic Sites, Structures, Beaches and Parks to one of the finest in the Nation.”  In his Pugsley citation, he was described as, “an active, aggressive and excellent administrator, who has gained wide respect from professional park and conservation people throughout the nation. . . . He had a wonderful endearing spirit, a patient and gentle nature, and an unfaltering belief in the goodness of mankind.”

Scope and Content

The collection consists of approximately 250 books, pamphlets, and periodicals, plus a small quantity of newspaper clippings, collected by Joseph Truncer.  Most of the items relate to the history of New Jersey, including Monmouth County.  (Of those focused specifically to Monmouth County, several are duplicated elsewhere in other Archives book collections.) Since the Truncer collection is not arranged by subject, a topical guide is provided below, grouped in chronological order by topic.  For more complete bibliographical citations, see the inventories that accompany this guide, which provides access by author and title, and provide storage box numbers.  Some titles with overlapping topics are listed more than once in the topical list.

World History
  • Rev. John Adams, A View of Universal History. Volume 1 of 3 (1795)
  • Charles Rollins, The Ancient History of the Egyptians, Carthaginians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Medes and Persians, Grecians, and Macedonians (2 volumes, 1843)
  • John and William Langhorne, Plutarch’s Lives. . . . (1864)
U.S. History – General
  • Bishop Davenport, A New Gazetteer or Geographical Dictionary of North America and the West Indies (1832)
  • George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent (2 volumes, 1838)
  •  [unattributed], The Addresses and Messages of the Presidents of the United States from 1782-1839. . . . (1839).
  • John Clark Ridpath, A Popular History of the United States of America from the Aboriginal Times to the Present Day (1876)
  • Benson J. Lossing, Harpers’ Popular Cyclopedia of United States History (2 volumes, 1893)
  • Robert Sterling Yard, The National Parks Portfolio (1928)
  • C.A. Weslager, The Log Cabin in America: From Pioneer Days to the Present (1969)
  • Acts of Congress (n.d.)
Colonial Era
  • Gilbert Tennent, Sermons on Important Subjects: Adapted to the Perilous State of the British Nation, Lately Preached in Philadelphia (1758)
  • George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent (2 volumes, 1838)
  • The Papers of Governor Lewis Morris [Governor of New Jersey, 1738-1746], (1852)
  • John Clark Ridpath, A Popular History of the United States of America from the Aboriginal Times to the Present Day (1876)
  • Frederick W. Ricord, et al, Journal of the Governor and Council [of New Jersey], 1682-1775 (six volumes, 1890-1893)
  • Thomas Donaldson, The House in Which Thomas Jefferson Wrote the Declaration of Independence (1898)
  • John Woolman, The Journal of John Woolman [1720-1722] (1909)
  • Elise Lathrop, Early American Inns and Taverns (1926)
  • Reuben Gold Thwaites, The Colonies, 1492-1750 (1927)
  • William Langdon Chauncy, Everyday Things in American Life, 1607-1776 (1937)
  • Jehu Curtis Clay, Annals of the Swedes on the Delaware, 4th ed. (1938)
  • Julian P. Boyd, Fundamental Laws and Constitutions of New Jersey, 1664-1964 (1964)
  • Suzanne Corlette, et al., From Lenape Territory to Royal Province: New Jersey, 1600-1750 (1971)
New Jersey
  • Thomas F. Gordon, The History of New Jersey. . . . (1834)
  • Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society, Volumes 1 (1847), 5 (1851), and 83, No. 2 (April 1965)
  • Isaac S. Mulford, Civil and Political History of New Jersey (1848)
  • Lucius Q.C. Elmer, Forms of Proceedings Under the Laws of New Jersey (1856)
  • George H. Cook, Geology of New Jersey (1868, 2 copies)
  • Lucius Q.C. Elmer, The Constitution and Government of the Province and State of New Jersey with Biographical Sketches of the Governors from 1776 to 1845. . . . (1872)
  • John O. Raum, The History of New Jersey. . . . (2 volumes, 1877)
  • George H. Cook, Final Report of the [New Jersey] State Geologist. Volume 2, Mineralogy, Botany, Zoology (1890)
  • John Whitehead, The Judicial and Civil History of New Jersey (1897)
  • John C. Smock, Annual Report of the [New Jersey] State Geologist: Report on Forests, 1899 (1900)
  • Francis Bazley Lee, New Jersey as a Colony and a State (4 volumes, 1903)
  • Silas R. Morse, et al., Annual Report of the New Jersey State Museum 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1914
  • William S. Bayley, Iron Mines and Mining in New Jersey, Volume VII (1910)
  • Charles F. Kocher, New Jersey Decedents’ Estates (1912)
  • J. Spencer Smith, et al., New Jersey’s Relation to the Port of New York: Fourth Preliminary Report of the New Jersey Harbor Commission (1914)
  • George C. Warren Jr., The Outdoor Heritage of New Jersey (1937)
  • Stories of New Jersey (WPA Bulletins, 1938-1942)
  • Boyd Fullerton, et al., The History of the New Jersey Agricultural Society. . . 1781-1940 (1947)
  • Harry B. Weiss, An Almanack for Members of the New Jersey Agricultural Society (1948)
  • Mary B. Sim, Commercial Canning in New Jersey: History and Early Development (1951)
  • Harry B. Weiss and Grace M. Weiss, The Old Copper Mines of New Jersey (1963)
  • Wallace N. Jamison, Religion in New Jersey: A Brief History (1964)
  • Donald William Becker, Indian Place Names in New Jersey (1964)
  • John T. Cunningham, New Jersey, America’s Main Road. . . . (1966)
  • Keith Robertson, States of the Nation: New Jersey (1968)
  • Robert H. Boyle, The Hudson River: A Natural and Unnatural History (1969)
  • John T. Cunningham, Capsules of New Jersey History (1974)
  • New Jersey Historical Society Annual Report for the Year 1976
  • Ellis L. Derry, Old and Historic Churches of New Jersey (1979)
  • Laurence B. Holland, et al., The Literary Heritage of New Jersey (1964)
  • Kimble Widmer, The Geology & Geography of New Jersey (1964)

(See also Periodicals)

New Jersey Local History, not specific to Monmouth County
  • Thomas Shourds, History and Genealogy of Fenwick’s Colony (1876)
  • James P. Snell, History of Sussex and Warren Counties. . . . (1881)
  • Andrew D. Mellick, Jr., The Story of an Old Farm or Life in New Jersey in the Eighteenth Century (1889)
  • Harriet P. Eaton, Jersey City and Its Historic Sites (1899)
  • Alfred M. Heston, Absegami: Annals of Eyren Haven and Atlantic City. . . 1609-1964 (1904)
  • Sibyl Goff, Historic Roadsides in New Jersey (1928)
  • Edwin Robert Walker, et al., A History of Trenton, 1679-1929 (2 volumes) (1929)
  • Jehu Curtis Clay, Annals of the Swedes on the Delaware (1938)
  • Morristown National Park (1941)
  • James and Margaret Cawley, Exploring the Little Rivers of New Jersey (1942)
  • Edward E. Wildman, Penn’s Woods, 1682-1932 (1944) [Includes southern New Jersey]
  • Andrew D. Mellick, Jr., Lesser Crossroads: Edited by Hubert G. Schmidt from the Story of an Old Farm, 1948
  • Alfred Hoyt Bill, A House Called Morven: Its Role in American History, 1701-1954 (1954)
  • The Decoration and Furnishings at Morven (1960)
  • Harry B. Weiss and Howard Kremble, They Took to the Waters: The Forgotten Mineral Spring Resorts of New Jersey and Nearby Pennsylvania (1962)
  • William McMahon, Historic South Jersey Towns (1964)
  • Margaret and James Cawley, Along the Old York Road (1965)
  • Prich Matthews, Delaware Valley: Historic Guidebook (1965)
  • Adeline Pepper, Tours of Historic New Jersey (1965)
  • J.H. Van Horn, Historic Somerset (1965)
  • Francis Chapman, et al., New Jersey’s Historic Houses: A Guide to Homes Open to the Public (1971)
  • Lloyd E. Griscom, The Historic County of Burlington (1973)
  • James Lee, The Morris Canal: A Photographic History (1973)
  • Elma R. Borden, From Locust Grove, 1695 to Groveville, 1980 (1984)
  • John Brinkmann, Pemberton and Hightstown: A Chronicle of Railroading through the Farm Belt of New Jersey (1987)
Monmouth County History
  • Edwin Salter, Old Times in Old Monmouth (1887)
  • George C. Beekman, Early Dutch Settlers of Monmouth County, New Jersey (1901)
  • Frank R. Symmes, History of the Old Tennent Church (1904)
  • Frank R. Holmes, ed. History of Monmouth County, New Jersey, 1664-1920 (3 volumes) (1922)
  • Alexander L. Crosby, ed., Matawan 1686-1936 (1936)
  • Alden T. Cotrell, The Deserted Village at Allaire (1960)
  • C. Malcolm B. Gilman, Molly Pitcher – Mary Ludwig, the Huguenot Heroine (1960)
  • Souvenir of the 200th Anniversary of the Lighting of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse (1964)
  • John C. Beard, Blue Water Views of Old New York Including Long Island and the Jersey Shore (1970)
  • William J. Zaorski, et al, Monmouth: A Page in History (1972)
  • A Triangle of Land. A History of the Site and Founding of Brookdale Community College (1978)
American Revolution
  • Charles Stedman, The History of the Origin, Progress, and Termination of the American War (1794)
  • Benson J. Lossing, The Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution (1855)
  • Hezekiah Niles, Principles and Acts of The Revolution in America (1822, reprinted 1876)
  • Albert H. Heusser, The Forgotten General: Robert Erskine, F.R.S. (1735-1780) (1928)
  • Alfred Hoyt Bill, The Campaign of Princeton, 1776-1777 (1948)
  • Genevieve C. Cobb. Rockingham – Washington’s Headquarters at Rocky Hill, New Jersey (1958)
  • C. Malcolm B. Gilman, Molly Pitcher – Mary Ludwig, The Huguenot Heroine (1959)
  • C. Malcolm B. Gilman, Military Surgery in the American Revolution (1960)
  • C. Malcolm B. Gilman, Monmouth: Road to Glory (1964)
  • Prelude to Revolution: A Commemorative Program at Kirkpatrick Chapel, Rutgers (1974)
  • John A. Latschar, Prelude to Revolution: The New Brunswick Meeting of July 21, 1774 (1974)
  • Carl E. Prince, The Army at Middlebrook, 1778-1779 (1958)
The War of 1812
  • Fay & Davison, Sketches of the War, Between the United States and the British Isles (1815)
Civil War
  • The History of the First New Jersey Cavalry (1871)
  • Report of the State Commission for Erection of Monument to Ninth New Jersey Volunteers at New Berne, North Carolina (1905)

(see also Biographies)

Naval History
  • James Riley, An Authentic Narrative of the Loss of the American Brig Commerce, Wrecked on the Western Coast of Africa. . . . (1828)
  • Fitch W. Taylor, A Voyage Around the World in the U.S. Frigate Columbia. . . . (1842)
Biographies, Memoirs, and Personal Journals
  • Robert W. Lincoln, Lives of the Presidents of the United States. . . . (1838)
  • Lord Byron and Fritz Green Halleck, The Works of Lord Byron. . . With a Sketch of His Life (1845)
  • William H. Seward, Life and Public Services of John Quincy Adams. . . . (1856)
  • Henry J. Raymond, The Life and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln. . . . (1865)
  • Olive Seward, ed., William H. Seward’s Travels Around the World (1873)
  • William R. Balch, The Life of James Abraham Garfield (1881)
  • James D. McCabe, The Life and Public Services of Gen. James A. Garfield. . . . (1881)
  • J.J. Boudinot, The Life, Public Services, Addresses, and Letters of Elias Boudinot, LL.D. (2 vols., 1896)
  • John Woolman, The Journal of John Woolman [1720-1722] (1909)
  • Ida M. Tarbell, The Life of Abraham Lincoln. . . . (4 vols, 1902)
  • James F. Rusling, Abraham Lincoln and His Religious Faith (1915)
  • Albert H. Heusser, The Forgotten General: Robert Erskine, F.R.S. (1735-1780) (1928)
  • Walter Evans Edge, A Jerseyman’s Journal: Fifty Years of American Business and Politics (1948) [Autobiography of New Jersey Governor]
  • C. Malcolm B. Gilman, Molly Pitcher – Mary Ludwig, the Huguenot Heroine (1960)
  • Lloyd R. Applegate, A Life of Service: William Augustus Newell (1994) [New Jersey Governor]

  • Graham’s American Monthly Magazine of Literature and Art (1849)
  • The Horticulturalist & Journal of Rural Art & Rural Taste, Volume 17 (1862)
  • The Knickerbocker or New-York Monthly Magazine, Volume 41 (1853)
  • Scribner’s Magazine, Volume VII, January-June 1890
  • The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine Volumes 53 and 59 (1897 and 1900)
  • New Jersey History, Indexes to Volumes 82 (1964), and 91-95 (1973-1997)
  • New Jersey History, Volume 83, No. 2 (April 1965)
  • New Jersey History, Volume 89, No 2, through Volume 105 (1971-1987)
  • New Jersey History, Volume 107 through Volume 115 (1989 though 1997)
  • Historic Preservation, Volumes 26-30, 1974-1978 [lacks 26:1 and 30:2]


  • A.F.M. Willich and James Mease, The Domestic Encyclopedia. . . . Volume 3 [of 5, entries Fir to Lux] (1804)
  • John Leeds Bozman, Sketch of the History of Maryland. . . . (1811)
  • John Frost, Select Works of British Poets from Falconer to Sir Walter Scott. . . . (1838)
  • Thomas Moore and J.W. Lake, The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore. . . . (1841)
  • Charles Peterson, The Old Stone Mansion (1859) [novel]
  • Henry T. Williams, ed. Window Gardening: Devoted Specifically to the Culture of Flowers and Ornamental Plans for Indoor Use and Parlor Decoration (1872)
  • Henry C. Notham, A Manual of Civil Government for Common Schools Intended for Public Instruction in the State of New York (1893)
  • F. Edward Hulme, Wild Fruits of the Country-side (1907)
  • Frank H. Taylor and Wilfred H. Schoff, The Port and City of Philadelphia (1912)
  • Arthur Brisbane, The Book of Today (1923)
  • William H. Carter, The Horses of the World. . . . (1923)
  • Eugene R. Musgrove, ed., Poems of New Jersey: An Anthology (1923)
  • W. Parsons Todd, Annual Report of the Quincy Mining Company (re copper mine in Michigan, 1974)
  • E. Jeanmaire [illustrator], Illustrated Guide to Geneva [Switzerland], n.d.
Access and Use

Items in the collection are available for use in the Jane Clayton Reading Room in the Monmouth County Archives, with the proviso that, for old, rare, or fragile items, access and/or photocopying may be denied or limited to prevent damage.* For such items, users are encouraged to locate reprints or online versions, such as via Google Books on the Internet.

The following pages of this guide provide an inventory of the books in three different sort orders:

*This policy is consistent with OPRA Exemption #17D.GDS April 8, 2011