New Jersey Legislative Documents (1848-1921)

New Jersey Legislative Documents was a series of compiled annual and ad hoc reports to the Governor and Legislature by State departments, agencies, commissions, boards, and institutions, as well as some county and interstate entities.

Later reports in the series often included illustrations, photographs, maps, and data tables. Historic annual reports of New Jersey are useful to State government and researchers interested in government, law, labor, environment, health, architecture, agriculture, transportation, and the social life of New Jersey. Highlights from the series will be featured in an upcoming blog post.



Brief Publishing History

Henry Buchanan, State Librarian, described the evolution of the Series in his 1905 Annual Report..

“Legislative Documents, which consist of the messages of the Governor and reports of the various State departments and institutions, were printed in the Assembly Minutes and the Senate Journal during the early days of the government; but about 1840 [actually 1848] they were collected together and bound separately under various names, such as New Jersey Reports, Legislative Reports, Legislative Pamphlets, Appendix to House Journal, Appendix to Assembly Minutes and Appendix to Senate Journal, until 1862, when they were designated as Legislative Documents, and by that title have since been known.”

The final set covering 1919-1920 was published in 1921.


How to Find Additional New Jersey State Documents

Contact the State Library Information Center

We are the designated repository for State of New Jersey publications and we are committed to increased public access to information.


Find Documents On Shelf and Online

Annual reports in the Legislative Documents era (1848-1921) were sometimes also published separately. These can be located using our Horizon catalog. Catalog records include both the call number for print and links to digitized or born digital copies. The State Library shelves annual reports in its New Jersey Documents collection under 974.901.

Reports published after 1921 continue to be published individually by the Department, Agency, Commission, or other entity. All known State Publications are added to the State Library’s New Jersey Documents collection. Many reports published online are deposited in the New Jersey State Publications Digital Library. The Digital Library includes print reports digitized by the State Library Information Center.

Please note the State Library’s collection of State publications is not comprehensive, and we actively collect reports from all eras. State employees, please contact us to donate your print and born-digital reports.

Consult Indexes to Legislative Documents


About These Links

Links below lead to HathiTrust, a platform for sharing digitized eBooks. We are grateful to research institutions who have digitized their materials. The State Library has no control over the quality or availability of these files, and these links are provided only as a service to the public.

HathiTrust allows the public download of individual pages only. To download a complete PDF of a volume, select “Get This Item”, then “Find at Google Books” to check availability.

Later volumes in the series are massive and thousands of pages; in some cases these institutions broke up volumes into multiple pieces, which were scanned as is. This is noted below. For large volumes not split into pieces, at least some scans are skewed, bleached, or otherwise unreadable. Observed quality issues with scanned copies are noted below.

Contact the State Library Information Center for assistance locating State of New Jersey reports.

This list was compiled because variances in cataloging can make locating reports on HathiTrust complicated. In 1889, the publisher began to include a page with the heading “1888. Legislative Documents” before the title age. As a result, institutions began cataloging reports under the preceding year, not the year of publication. For consistency, this guide uses the year of the Legislative Session in which reports were published and printed, with the understanding that reports generally summarize the activities of the preceding year (which may be a calendar year, a fiscal year, or any other period of time). When the publication year differs from the HathiTrust catalog record, the discrepancy is noted below.



DIGITIZED COPIES of LEGISLATIVE DOCUMENTS.

(1848 – 1921)

Links to all known digitized copies are provided below. Contact the State Library Information Center for assistance locating State of New Jersey publications or if you locate digitized copies not yet listed.



1848 - 1861 Sessions

Before 1862, compilations of reports were published as an Appendix to the Senate Journal and Assembly Minutes. Copies were identical and links below may be from either publication.


1848, 72nd Session

  • Message of the Governor of New Jersey, to the Senate and House of Assembly, at the Commencement of the Session. Read January 12, 1848, and ordered to be printed. with Documents Accompanying the Governor’s Message. Trenton: Printed by Sherman & Harron. (Printers to the Legislature), 1848. (Princeton: HathiTrust)

1849, 73rd Session

  • Appendix to the Assembly Minutes (Princeton: HathiTrust)

1850, 74th Session

  • Appendix to the Assembly Minutes (Princeton: HathiTrust)

1851, 75th Session

  • Appendix to the Assembly Minutes (Princeton: HathiTrust)

1852, 76th Session


1853, 77th Session

  • Appendix to the Assembly Minutes (Princeton: HathiTrust)

1854, 78th Session


1855, 79th Session

  • Appendix to the Assembly Minutes (Princeton: HathiTrust)

1856, 80th Session


1857, 81st Session


1858, 82nd Session

  • Appendix to the Minutes of the Assembly (Princeton: HathiTrust)

1859, 83rd Session


1860, 84th Session

  • Appendix to the Assembly Minutes (Princeton: HathiTrust)

1861, 85th Session

  • Appendix to the Assembly Minutes (Princeton: HathiTrust)


1862 - 1869 Sessions

1862, 86th Session


1863, 87th Session


1864, 88th Session


1865, 89th Session

  • no copy online

1866, 90th Session


1867, 91st Session


1868, 92nd Session


1869, 93nd Session


1870 - 1879 Sessions


1870, 94th Session


1871, 95th Session


1872, 96th Session


1873, 97th Session

  • no copy online

1874, 98th Session


1875, 99th Session

  • no copy online

1876, 100th Session

  • no copy online

1877, 101st Session


1878, 102nd Session

  • Volume 1 no copy online
  • Volume 2 no copy online

1879, 103rd Session

  • Volume 1 no copy online
  • Volume 2 no copy online


1880 - 1889 Sessions


1880, 104th Session


1881, 105th Session

  • Volume 1 no copy online
  • Volume 2 (UIUC: HathiTrust)

1882, 106th Session

  • Volume 1a, Docs. 1-31 (NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 1b, Docs. 32-37 (NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 1 (UIUC, alternate pages are skewed: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2a, Docs. 38-46 no copy online
  • Volume 2b, Docs. 47-57 (NYPL: HathiTrust)

1883, 107th Session


1884, 108th Session

  • Volume 1 no copy online
  • Volume 2 (UIUC: HathiTrust)

1885, 109th session


1886, 110th session


1887, 111th Session

  • Volume 1 (NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2a, Docs 10-12 no copy online
  • Volume 2b, Docs 13-23 (NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3 no copy online

1888, 112th Session

  • Volume 1 no copy online
  • Volume 2 (NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3 no copy online

1889, 113th Session

1890 - 1899 Sessions

1890, 114th Session

  • Volume 1 (cataloged as 1889; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2 no copy online
  • Volume 3 (cataloged as 1889; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4 (cataloged as 1889; NYPL: HathiTrust)

1891, 115th Session

  • Volume 1 (cataloged as 1890; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2 no copy online
  • Volume 3 no copy online
  • Volume 4 (cataloged as 1890; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 5 (cataloged as 1890; NYPL: HathiTrust)

1892, 116th session

  • Volume 1 no copy online
  • Volume 2 no copy online
  • Volume 3 (cataloged as 1891; UChicago: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4 (cataloged as 1891; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 5 (cataloged as 1891; NYPL: HathiTrust)

1893, 117th Session

  • Volume 1 no copy online
  • Volume 2 no copy online
  • Volume 3 no copy online
  • Volume 4 (cataloged as 1892; UMich: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 5 no copy online

1894, 118th session

  • Volume 1 (UMich: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2 (cataloged as 1893; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3 no copy online
  • Volume 4 no copy online
  • Volume 5 no copy online

1895, Legislative Documents, 119th Session

  • Volume 1 (cataloged as 1894; UChicago: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2 no copy online
  • Volume 3 (cataloged as 1894; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4 no copy online
  • Volume 5 no copy online

1896, 120th Session

  • Volume 1 (cataloged as 1895; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2 (cataloged as 1895; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3 (cataloged as 1895; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4 no copy online
  • Volume 5 (cataloged as 1895; NYPL: HathiTrust)

1897, 121st Session

  • Volume 1 no copy online
  • Volume 2 (cataloged as 1896; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3 no copy online
  • Volume 4 (cataloged as 1896; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 5 (cataloged as 1896; NYPL: HathiTrust)

1898, 122nd Session

  • Volume 1 no copy online
  • Volume 2 no copy online
  • Volume 3 (cataloged as 1897; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4 no copy online
  • Volume 5 no copy online

1899, 123rd Session

  • Volume 1 no copy online
  • Volume 2 (cataloged as 1898; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3 no copy online
  • Volume 4 no copy online
  • Volume 5 no copy online


1900 - 1909 Sessions


1900, 124th Session

  • Volume 1a, Docs. 1-3 (cataloged as 1899; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 1b, Docs 4-6 (cataloged as 1899; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2a, Docs. 7-8 (cataloged as 1899; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2b, Docs. 9-10 (cataloged as 1899; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3 (cataloged as 1899; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4 (cataloged as 1899; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 5 no copy online

1901, 125th Session

  • Volume 1, Docs. 1-8 (cataloged as 1900; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2, Docs. 9-17 (cataloged as 1900; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3a, Docs. 18-20 (cataloged as 1900; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3b, Docs. 21-28 (cataloged as 1900; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4 (cataloged as 1900; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 5 (cataloged as 1900; NYPL: HathiTrust)

1902, 126th Session

  • Volume 1 (cataloged as 1901; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2 no copy online
  • Volume 3a, Docs. 24-26 (cataloged as 1901; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3b, Docs. 27-29 (cataloged as 1901; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4 (cataloged as 1901; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 5 (cataloged as 1901–missing title page; NYPL: HathiTrust)

1903, 127th Session

  • Volume 1a, Docs. 1-3 (cataloged as 1902; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 1b, Docs. 4-9 (cataloged as 1902; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2a, Docs. 10-15 (cataloged as 1902; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2b, Docs. 16-26 (cataloged as 1902; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3a, Docs. 27-29 (cataloged as 1902; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3b, Docs. 30-38 (cataloged as 1902; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4a, Docs. 39-41 (cataloged as 1902; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4b, Docs. 42-53 (cataloged as 1902; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 5a, Docs. 54-56, no copy online
  • Volume 5b, Docs. 57-59 (cataloged as 1902; NYPL: HathiTrust)

1904, 128th Session

  • Volume 1a, Docs. 1-3 (cataloged as 1903; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 1b, Docs. 4-10 (cataloged as 1903; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2a, Docs. 11-13 (cataloged as 1903; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2b, Docs. 14-27 (cataloged as 1903; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3 (cataloged as 1903; UMich: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3a, Docs. 28-30 (cataloged as 1903; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3b, Docs. 31-36 (cataloged as 1903; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4a, Docs 37-40 no copy online
  • Volume 4b, Docs. 41-48 (cataloged as 1903; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 5 (cataloged as 1903; NYPL: HathiTrust, TOC)

1905, 129th Session

  • Volume 1 no copy online
  • Volume 2 (cataloged as 1904; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3 no copy online
  • Volume 4a, Docs. 41-43 (cataloged as 1904; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4b, Docs. 44-49 (cataloged as 1904; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 5 no copy online

1906, 130th Session

  • Volume 1a, Docs. 1-3 (cataloged as 1905; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 1b, Docs. 4-12 (cataloged as 1905; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2a, Docs. 13-15 (cataloged as 1905; NYPL: HathiTrust; Google)
  • Volume 2b, Docs. 16-24 (cataloged as 1905; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3 no copy online
  • Volume 4, Docs 35-45 (cataloged as 1905; UChicago: HathiTrust), TOC
  • Volume 4a, Docs. 35-36 (first part) (cataloged as 1905; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4b, Doc. 36 (second part), (cataloged as 1905; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4c, Docs. 37-38, (cataloged as 1905; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4d, Docs. 39-45 (cataloged as 1905; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 5 no copy online

1907, 131st Session

  • Volume 1a, Docs. 1-4, missing title page (cataloged as 1906; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 1b, Docs. 5-9 (cataloged as 1906; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2, Docs. 10-26, no copy online
  • Volume 3a, Docs. 27-28 (cataloged as 1906; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3b, Docs. 29-36 (cataloged as 1906; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4a, Docs. 37-40 (cataloged as 1906; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4b, Docs. 41-49 (cataloged as 1906; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 5a, Docs. 50-51, no copy online
  • Volume 5b, Docs. 52-59 (cataloged as 1906; NYPL: HathiTrust)

1908, 132nd Session

  • Volume 1a, Docs. 1-2 (cataloged as 1907; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 1b, Docs. 3-5 (cataloged as 1907; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2a, Docs. 6-11 (cataloged as 1907; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 2b, Docs 12-15 (cataloged as 1907; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3a, Docs. 16-23 (cataloged as 1907; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3b, Docs. 24-26 (cataloged as 1907; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4a, Docs. 27-35 (cataloged as 1907; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4b, Docs. 36-39 (cataloged as 1907; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 5, Docs. 40-55 no copy online
  • Volume 6a, Docs. 56-57 no copy online
  • Volume 6b, Docs. 58-60 (cataloged as 1907; NYPL: HathiTrust)

1909, 133rd Session

  • Volume 1, no copy online
  • Volume 2, no copy online
  • Volume 3, no copy online
  • Volume 4, no copy online
  • Volume 5, Docs. 26-43 (cataloged as 1908; NYPL: HathiTrust, UMich: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 6, no copy online


1910 - 1921 Sessions


1910, 134th Session

  • 6 volumes, Docs. 1-60, no copies online

1911, 135th Session

  • Volume 1, no copy online
  • Volume 2, no copy online
  • Volume 3, Docs 18-25 (cataloged as 1910; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4, Docs 26-38 (cataloged as 1910; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 5, no copy online
  • Volume 6a, Docs 45-46 (cataloged as 1910; NYPL: HathiTrust), TOC
  • Volume 6b, Docs 47-59 no copy online

1912, 136th Session

  • Volume 1 (cataloged as 1911; NYPL: HathiTrust; TOC)
  • Volume 2 (cataloged as 1911; UMich: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 3 (cataloged as 1911; UMich: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4 (cataloged as 1911; UMich: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 4 also available in two parts
    • Volume 4a, Docs. 25-28.5 (cataloged as 1911; NYPL: HathiTrust)
    • Volume 4b, Docs. 28.5-35 (cataloged as 1911; NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 5 (cataloged as 1911; UMich: HathiTrust, UChicago:
    HathiTrust, NYPL: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 6 (cataloged as 1911; UMich: HathiTrust)
  • Volume 6 also available in two parts
    • Volume 6a, Docs. 42-58 (cataloged as 1911; NYPL: HathiTrust)
    • Volume 6b, Doc. 59 (cataloged as 1911; NYPL: HathiTrust)

    1913, 137th Session

    • Volume 1a, Docs. 1-2 (cataloged as 1912; NYPL: HathiTrust, TOC)
    • Volume 1b, Docs. 3-4 (cataloged as 1912; NYPL: HathiTrust)
    • Volume 2a, Doc. 5 (cataloged as 1912; NYPL: HathiTrust; TOC)
    • Volume 2b, Docs. 6-16 (cataloged as 1912; NYPL: HathiTrust)
    • Volume 3, no copy online
    • Volume 4, no copy online
    • Volume 5, no copy online
    • Volume 6, no copy online

    1914, 138th Session

    • Volume 1, Docs. 1-4 (all) (cataloged as 1913; NYPL: HathiTrust), TOC
    • Volume 2, no copy online
    • Volume 3, no copy online
    • Volume 4, no copy online
    • Volume 5, no copy online
    • Volume 6, no copy online

    1915, 139th Session

    • Volume 1a, Docs. 1-3 (cataloged as 1914; NYPL: HathiTrust, TOC)
    • Volume 1b, Docs. 4-6 (cataloged as 1914; NYPL: HathiTrust)
    • Volume 2, Docs. 7-17 (cataloged as 1914; NYPL: HathiTrust, TOC)
    • Volume 3, Docs. 18-21 (all) (cataloged as 1914; NYPL: HathiTrust, TOC. illegible final document is available here: 1915 industrial directory
    • Volume 4, no copy online
    • Volume 5, no copy online
    • Volume 6, Docs. 46-56 (all) (cataloged as 1914; NYPL: HathiTrust, TOC)

    1916, 140th Session

    • Volume 1, no copy online
    • Volume 2, Docs 9-18 (all) (cataloged as 1915; NYPL: HathiTrust, TOC)
    • Volume 3, no copy online
    • Volume 4, Docs. 29-37 (all) (cataloged as 1915; NYPL: HathiTrust, TOC)
    • Volume 5, no copy online
    • Volume 6, Docs. 42-52 (all) (cataloged as 1915; NYPL: HathiTrust, TOC)

    1917, 141st Session


    1918, 142nd Session


    1920, 143rd-144th Sessions

    No volumes were published in 1919, presumably because of WWI shortages


    1921, 145th Session (final year of publication)

    • 4 volumes, Docs. 1-43, no copies online