Clifford W. Zink


Clifford W. Zink is an historic preservation consultant based in Princeton, New Jersey, and an historian specializing in architectural, industrial, engineering, and landscape history.

He founded C.W. Zink & Associates in 1985 to assist clients in preserving, rehabilitating, and interpreting historic sites, and has received historic preservation awards for numerous projects from state, county and local agencies.

Mr. Zink has authored five books on historic subjects and his 2011 book, The Roebling Legacy, received the 2012 New Jersey Author’s Award in the category of popular non-fiction from the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance, the History and Preservation Section of the New Jersey Library Association, and Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University Libraries.

He received the 2011 John A. Roebling Award from the Society for Industrial Archeology’s Roebling Chapter for an outstanding contribution to documenting or preserving the industrial heritage of the greater New York-New Jersey area. His most recent book, Natural Beauty: Somerset County Parks, has won awards from the N.J. Recreation & Parks Association and from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

Mr. Zink has an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and his other books include The Monmouth County Park System: The First Fifty Years; The Hackensack Water Works; Mercer Magic: The Mercer Automobile Company, Founded 1909; and Spanning the Industrial Age: The John A. Roebling’s Sons Company, Trenton, New Jersey.

Clifford has served as consulting curator at the Roebling Museum, and wrote and directed its orientation film, Roebling Stories. Please contact Mr. Zink for consulting services or to schedule a talk on The Roebling Legacy or on his other publications and projects.