Johnson Park Restoration

Bibliography of Eldridge R. Johnson Park
Camden, New Jersey

Books

Barnum III, Frederick O. His Master's Voice In America.  General Electric Company, 1991.

Beattie, Susan. The New Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983.

Boyer, Charles Shimer. The Span of a Century: A Chronological History of the City of Camden. Camden, NJ: Centannial Anniversary Committee, [1928?]

Cammarota, Ann Marie T. Pavements in the Garden: The Suburbanization of Southern New Jersey, adjacent to the City of Philadelphia, 1769 to the Present. Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2001.

Camden County Historical Society. "The Mosaic Frieze at Cooper Branch Library," in Scrapbook of Camden City and Its Suburbs, p. 120.  [unpublished mimeographed essay, 1925?].

Camden Historic Survey. Prepared for the City of Camden, New Jersey. Camden, NJ: Bureau of Planning, Office of Development, City of Camden, 1982.

Cowie, Jefferson R. Capital Moves: RCA's 70 Year Quest for Cheap Labor. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1999.

Cranston, Paul F. Camden County (1681-1931) 250th Anniversary: The Story of an Industiral Empire. Camden, NJ: Camden County Chamber of Commerce, 1931.

D'Ascenzo Studios, Philadelphia. American History Illustrated in Stained Glass. Valley Forge, PA: Washington Memorial Chapel. 1936.

Dowart, Jeffery M. Camden County, New Jersey, 1616-1976: a Narrative History. Camden, NJ: Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission, 1976.

Gillette, Howard. Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.

Gillette, Howard. "Evoking Camden's Rich Historical Heritage." Camden: Historical Impressions. William M. Hoffman. Pennsauken, NJ: CRW Graphics, 2000.

Greenberg, Gail. "Camden City: The Built Environment." Camden: Historical Impressions. William M. Hoffman. Pennsauken, NJ: CRW Graphics, 2000.

Hoffman, William. Camden: Historical Impressions. Pennsauken, NJ: CRW Graphics, 2000.

Johnson, Eldridge R. Health, Sunshine and Wealth. Camden, NJ: Eldridge Johnson Publisher, 1925.

Johnson, E. R. Fenimore. His Master's Voice Was Eldridge R. Johnson. Milford, DE: State Media, 1974.

Laessle, Albert. Five Bronze Sculptures. In American Sculpture in the Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts , 1997, pp. 186-92.

Read, Benedict. Victorian Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982.

Tarbell, Roberta K. "Nothin' but Blue Skies Over Camden." Camden: Historical Impressions. William Hoffman. Pennsauken, NJ: CRW Graphics, 2000.


Journal articles

Sherman, Michael W., Stereo Review, Nov94, Vol. 59 Issue 11, p99, 3p

Special edition. Recording history, includes history of design and manufacture of spring motor by Eldridge R. Johnson.


Newspaper articles and online news

Maialetti, Kim, "Park's Beauty Being Restored: Groups Revitalizing Camden Oasis Created by RCA Founder". Courier Post, November 15, 2000.


Riordan, Kevin, "Plans Blooming to Restore Park to Former Splendor". Courier Post, July 18, 1996.


Riordan, Kevin, "Hoping to Restore Park's Glory Days". Courier Post, January 26, 1996.

Friends of Johnson Park hope to raise $1 million to install new lighting and landscaping, rebuild the fountains.


"Park Statue Long Neglected". Courier Post, March 16, 1960

Includes picture of the Peter Pan statue with the bronze railing and this comment: "Pan's Statue in Johnson Park, executed by famous Brisitsh sculptor Sir George Frampton, once was bronze but now it is green with ravages of weather and lack of care."


"6000 RCA Victor Workers Set Strike Vote Thursday." Courier Post, October 4, 1949.

Six thousand RCA Victor employees will participate in a strike, mass rally of workers held at Johnson Park, Second and Cooper Streets.


"Fred Barnum: The Rock Star Of RCA History"

Over 200 people crammed into the Cherry Hill Library to hear Fred Branum. Sponsored by the Camden County Historical Society, the event drew such a crowd that many attendees were forced to watch the two-hour show from outside the Library Conference Center's corridor doors.
>>>read more about this lecture and scroll down to audio and video files
http://historiccamdencounty.com/ccnews110.shtml


Websites

Atheneum of Philadelphia

The Athenæum is a member supported, not-for-profit, special collections library founded in 1814 to collect materials "connected with the history and antiquities of America, and the useful arts, and generally to disseminate useful knowledge" for public benefit.
Location: Philadelphia, PA
http://www.philaathenaeum.org/menu.html


Eldridge R. Johnson and his Marvelous Talking Machine

For information on Eldridge R. Johnson and his Marvelous Talking Machine, visit this fabulous website
http://www.thetalkingmachine.com/

More on the history of the recording industry
http://www.soc.duke.edu/~s142tm01/history2.html


Mapping the Future: Camden 2015 (Courier Post)
http://courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=SPECIAL04
This web site argues that Camden is at crossroads and explores the city's potential for renewal. This series is based Rutgers history Professor Howard Gillette's new book, Camden After the Fall: Decline and Renewal in a Post-Industrial City. Dr. Gillette also takes viewers on an online tour through Camden.


Heritage Landscapes, Preservation Architects & Planners. Eldridge R. Johnson Park.
http://heritagelandscapes.org/parks/johnson.htm. 16 April 2006.


Philadelphia Architects and Buildings. Cooper Free Library, includes chronology, references, architects and images. 21April 2006.


Audio/Video files

To order a video about Eldridge Johnson: http://www.teleduction.com/order/masters.htm

Watch a video (1:20 min.) argues how important Camden's RCA plant was to the development of U.S. communication technology:
rtsp://rss6.streamhoster.com/HoagLevins/rca.rm

Listen to the soundtrack of Caruso's recording "Over there" (1918)
http://www.archive.org/details/overthere1918



Johnson Park plan
The Johnson Park Rehabilitation Project is financed by the Camden Redevelopment Agency, the Economic Recovery Board for Camden (ERB), and the State of New Jersey Green Acres Program. The Cooper's Ferry Development Association and Rutgers University are overseeing the project.

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