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Identifier: MC 1049

Somerset County Multiple Listing Service records


  • Majority of material found in 1976-1991

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of over 30,000 unbound real estate listings, 1976-1991, prepared by the Somerset County Multiple Listing Service. These records describe residential properties and building lots offered for sale in Somerset County, New Jersey (except for Bridgewater Township and Somerville), and in neighboring Middlesex County, New Jersey (for Middlesex Borough and Piscataway Township only). The listings are presented one per sheet and usually include a halftone illustration of a house or condominium.

Each listing for a house and lot states the listing number, street address, traveling directions, municipal location (including a tax map reference), asking price, age or approximate age, lot size, design style, number of stories, type of basement, type of heat, number of rooms and their size, distinguishing features, taxes (for the previous year), additional remarks, date available, listing period, listing realtor (and phone number), size of commission (to selling realtor), instructions on how to gain access and name of owner or owners (sometimes with an address or phone number).

The collection consists of a set of the listings that was accumulated by a real estate office located in Somerville, New Jersey, which stored them in three-ring binders. Annotations on each sheet include at least the date a property sold and the name of the selling agency. Additional handwritten notes on most sheets indicate the selling price and other data (e.g., closing date and surname of buyer?).

The listing sheets in the collection are grouped together by county first and thereunder by name of municipality. Within the section for each municipality, the sheets are filed in folders that are arranged alphabetically by street names or route numbers; however, the sheets that describe building lots for sale in a municipality (in folders labeled "Acreage") are always filed in front of the alphabetical street name sequences. Note that within this filing scheme folders for the same street sometimes appear in more than one location, filed under the names of adjacent municipalities.

While many properties appear only once in the collection, some are represented by two or more listings, with each sheet representing a different time that the house and its lot appeared on the market.


17.5 Cubic Feet

Physical Location

Stored offsite: Advance notice required to consult these records.

Language of Materials



The Somerset County Multiple Listing Service began in 1964 as a project of the Somerset County Board of Realtors. It produced standardized real estate listings, one per reproduced sheet, for use by real estate offices that were members of the County Board. The records in this collection consist of a set of these listings, grouped by municipality, for the years 1976 to 1991. The listings describe houses, condominiums and vacant land offered for sale in most of Somerset County, New Jersey (but lack all entries for Bridgewater Township and Somerville), and in part of Middlesex County, New Jersey (with entries only for Piscataway Township and Middlesex Borough).

<emph render="bold">Administrative History</emph>

The Somerset County Multiple Listing Service of the Somerset County Board of Realtors was established in 1964.


This collection was placed into labeled folders by Rumon Ahmed; the container list was created by Tara Maharjan; and the collection's description was contributed by Albert C. King.

Inventory to the Somerset County Multiple Listing Service Records MC 1049
Edited Full Draft
Rumon Ahmed, Tara Maharjan, and Albert C. King
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.
Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

Revision Statements

  • March 2009: Items listed as n.d. changed to undated, per DACS
  • September 2009: revised coding to add encoding analogs to some elements per the EAD report card