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;

Buried Treasure at Chester Public Library Comes to Light!

Honor Roll
Chester Public’s librarians have unearthed the “Honor Roll,” a lively small town newsletter honoring WWII soldiers. Filled with detailed accounts of local goings-on, researchers can easily follow the events and people of Chester during final years of World War II. More “underground” finds – a collection of local cave maps.

Bayonne Public Library partners with Rutgers University to digitize historic maps

dcrcLargeFormatClick on “View” below to browse through Bayonne Public Library’s collection of historic maps.  And be sure to read the October “News and Updates” post outlining Bayonne’s extensive plans to make their map collection a widely available resource!


Botto House Silk Walk Project 2013


The American Labor Museum Botto House National Landmark in Paterson, NJ is currently commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1913 Paterson Silk Strike with a year long series of events.

Winter in New Jersey

Severels Skating PondFebruary 2013’s winter storm Nemo had us digging out, to be sure!  But as the over-hyped event fizzled, Jerseyans went about their winter ways, shoveling, snowman-building and skating.  But before the days of named storms and obsessive Weather Channel watching, what did New Jerseyans do during the winter? See our cyber-gallery of NJ winters past

New Brunswick First Reformed Church Celebrates 200th Anniversary

First Reformed Church

This collection opens in honor of the congregation of First Reformed Church, which dedicated their second sanctuary building September 27, 1812. The collection includes historical sermons, a manuscript record book covering 1717-1794, and contemporary photographs of tombstones in the historic cemetery and of the church during a recent restoration project.

Chinese Exclusion in New Jersey – a digital exhibit

Only One Barred OutThe Chinese Exclusion Act (1882-1943) barred Chinese laborers from entering the United States.  This exhibit, “Chinese Exclusion in New Jersey: Immigration Law in the Past and Present,” documents the effects of exclusion on Chinese individuals and communities in New Jersey.


Adalbert and Angelica OstendorffHistory is not just about “important” people, and the MyJerseyRoots collection documents everyday life in our state. On Rutgers Day, April 30, 2011, we digitized New Jersey photographs and memorabilia donated by individuals and families.

The NEW Electronic New Jersey

Thomas Edison at his desk

Thomas Edison at his desk

Electronic New Jersey, now part of the New Jersey Digital Highway Educator’s portal, debuts this month. The redesigned site provides students and teachers with access to  curriculum units on New Jersey history using source materials drawn from the Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives and New Jersey libraries, museums and historical societies.

The Paterson Messenger (Il Messaggero) and Chronicle

Il Messaggero, later The Messenger

Il Messaggero, later The Messenger

Il Messaggero, originally published in Italian, evolved into The Messenger, in English.  It began publication in 1904, primarily serving the second-generation Paterson Italian-American community.  The Sunday Chronicle, originally a weekly newspaper, suspended publication in 1942 and began again in 1951 as a weekly magazine, the only one in Northern New Jersey.

Trentoniana Historic Map Collection

1874 Sanborn Insurance Diagram of Trenton

1874 Sanborn Insurance Diagram of Trenton

The Trentoniana Historic Map Collection, part of the Trentoniana Collection of the Trenton Free Public Library, contains over 100 digitized maps of Trenton and its surrounding areas dating from the early 1800s through the 1930s.