R. Van Dyke Reid Collection Indexes

R(ichard) Van Dyke Reid was a South River native, born on September 30, 1833. He was a graduate of Rutgers College. He taught in South River, Red Bank, and other schools, and also served as schools principal in Red Bank for a period of about seven years. Among the other positions he held at various points in his lifetime were ship's purser, census enumerator, town clerk, and bookkeeper. He died in Red Bank at the home of his grandson on May 9, 1915.

The Van Dyke Reid collection includes more than 700 photographs, several scrapbooks, and the earliest known map of South River, then known as Washington. His photographs and scrapbooks reflect the shared interests of small communities in the latter half of the 19th century: marriages, deaths, religion, politics, and photographically, the buildings, the streets, and the people.