Cornelius Van Vorst, ca.1620; 
Jersey City Free Public Library; Farm Map of Hillsboro, Somerset County, 1860; 
Historical Maps of New Jersey Collection; An Afternoon at Atlantic Gardens, Elysian Fields, Hoboken, NJ 1851; 
 Atlantic Gardens (Hoboken); Bathing Beauties, 1890-1930; 
American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark Collection; Flag Salute, 1950; 
Seabrook Farms Collection; Kalmyk dancers; 
Photo by David Sanderson; 
Courtesy of RU Press;

From Slavery to Freedom in New Jersey

Read the exciting and heartbreaking saga of Peter Still and his family who fled slavery in Maryland for freedom in New Jersey. First Peter’s parents and younger sisters, and then many years afterward Peter, and then his wife and children,  escaped or bought their freedom and made their way north.   Read the full article here in New Jersey History e-journal.

The Peter Still Papers Collection in the Rutgers Special Collection and University Archives (an NJDH partner) contains letters, including one from Harriet Beecher Stowe, relating to Peter’s efforts to raise funds to purchase his family’s freedom.

Remembering Laye Ikeda Nagahiro

Office picture of Laye Nagahiro, Irene Kaneshiki, and John Fuyuume at the Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center.

Office picture of Laye Nagahiro, Irene Kaneshiki, and John Fuyuume at the Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center.

All of us at NJDH mourn the passing of Laye Ikeda Nagahiro on July 14, 2009. Laye was tireless in her efforts to develop the Seabrook Farms collection for the New Jersey Digital Highway, which chronicles the experiences of Japanese Americans working at Seabrook Farms in Cumberland County after their release from internment camps.  She was an important part of the  Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center and helped establish an exhibit at the Millvile Airport Museum honoring Japanese Americans who served in the 442nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army during World War II.  Nagahiro and her family were residents of Salinas, California and were interned in Poston 2 camp in Arizona during World War II.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Seabrook Education and Cultural Center, Box 5041, Seabrook 08302; the Seabrook Chapter JACL, c/o Sharon Yoshida, 4 Mallard Lane, Bridgeton 08302; or to the Deerfield Presbyterian Church, Box 69, Deerfield Street, Deerfield 08313.

View Laye’s images in NJDH

New Jersey History

After a 3-year publishing hiatus, New Jersey History  (NJH), the state’s venerable, peer-reviewed journal, is back – relaunched as an open access e-journal.

New Jersey History: Studies in State and Regional History was founded as the Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society in 1845 and published under the direction of the Society until 2005.    The new NJH provides immediate and open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.  

NJH is supported by the New Jersey Digital Highway, which will provide an additional access point for the journal from its website, and will preserve the digital version of the journal articles via the RUcore preservation platform.   NJH  will be published online twice a year by the Rutgers University Libraries, using its customized version of Open Journal System (OJS), a journal management and publishing system that supports open access scholarly journal development. 

“Digitization and preservation are neither identical nor in conflict…”

John Beekman, Jersey City Free Public Library, comments on his experience creating a digital collection in NJDH…

The implication that digitization is a form of or substitute for preservation, or that there is a zero-sum game in which digitization are in conflict, does not match our experience with NJDH.

Read the article in: New Jersey Libraries, Fall 2008.