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Special Collections' archivist wins state history award

The Rutgers University Libraries congratulate Bonita Craft Grant, New Jersey Bibliographer in Special Collections and University Archives, for winning the 2011 Maureen Ogden Award, presented by the Advocates for New Jersey History.

The Maureen Ogden Award, named for a former New Jersey Assemblywoman who was a key champion of New Jersey history and environmental communities, is the highest award bestowed by the organization. It will be presented to Bonita at the 18th Annual History Issues Convention at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton on March 25th.

A release from Advocates for NJ History stated: “As the New Jersey bibliographer in the Special Collections department of the Rutgers University Libraries, Bonita Grant has worked to help build the collection and provided personal research advice and assistance for the benefit of thousands of scholars, teachers, students, and genealogists. As a member of the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, she helped to shape one of New Jersey's outstanding county history programs. As an officer of the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance, she helped to bring together elementary, secondary, and college New Jersey history teachers to keep instruction in our state´s history innovative and growing at all levels.’

“She has served as a grant program reviewer for the New Jersey Historical Commission and a Board member of the Advocates for New Jersey History. Finally, Bonita has always been willing to visit members of the legislature, and to testify for New Jersey history programs before legislative committees. She has given of herself to an extraordinary degree across a broad spectrum of effort for many years and the strengths of our state's history and historic preservation programs owe a great deal to her efforts.’

The Libraries take great pride in congratulating Bonita on this richly-deserved award.

News story written
by Raymond Balter

Posted March 16, 2011