The exhibition Founding Families: Supermarkets in New Jersey is now open to the public in Gallery '50 through August 31, 2012.
Despite the increasing diversity of our state, there is one institution that still regularly draws
in people from all walks of life. That institution is the local supermarket, whose wares are
essential to daily meals, common household chores, and to holiday and life-cycle celebrations of
different faiths and cultures.
To celebrate the vital role of supermarkets and their historic origins in New Jersey, the Rutgers
University Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives will be holding an exhibition of
supermarket archival materials and memorabilia. The "Founding Families: Supermarkets in New Jersey"
exhibition, in Gallery '50 on the main floor of Alexander Library, will open with a reception on
Wednesday May 30th, starting at 5:00 pm. The exhibition will run through August 31st.
The exhibition is made possible by the founding families of Food Circus, Kings Super Markets,
Pathmark, ShopRite, and Wakefern. The Libraries are also grateful to the New Jersey Food Council
and the Jewish Historical Society of MetroWest, who donated memorabilia to Rutgers University
Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives.
The exhibition will feature family and business records, advertising materials, photographs,
correspondence, video and audio media, and other documentary evidence of the New Jersey supermarket
To RSVP for the exhibition opening reception, send email to
firstname.lastname@example.org or call
732-932-7505. For more information on the supermarket collection, please contact Ronald L. Becker, head
of Special Collections and University Archives, at 732-932-7006 x362 or