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Special Collections’ Untiring Retiree
Publishes Civil War Manuscripts Guide

Offering a bountiful gift to Civil War researchers across the nation, retired but prolific Special Collections staffer Donald Sinclair has just published “A Guide To New Jersey and Other Civil War Manuscripts in Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University.”

Reflecting years of meticulous research this Guide provides brief identifying information and transcriptions, excerpts, or descriptions of 880 letters, journals, military records, and other memorabilia of the Civil War held in Special Collections. The Guide was published with support from a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission.

The author of the Guide, Donald Sinclair, was head of Special Collections from 1947 until 1981, when he retired. At the age of 87 he continues to put in daily work in Special Collections. He served for many years as a member of the New Jersey Historical Commission and editor of the journal New Jersey History.

Mr. Sinclair is the author of twenty other publications detailing Special Collections holdings in other significant areas of scholarship, eighteen of which were published since his retirement. These publications include:

  • Education and Schools in New Jersey Before 1900: A Guide to Pertinent Resources in the Rutgers University Special Collections and University Archives. 1998
  • Demon Rum: A Bibliography of Publications About Liquor and New Jersey, 1779 -1932. 1996
  • New Jersey and the American Revolution: A Bibliography. Co-authored by Grace W. Schut. 1995.
  • A Guide to Manuscript Diaries and Journals in Special Collections, Rutgers University. 1980.

Copies of “A Guide To New Jersey and Other Civil War” may be purchased for $50 by contacting Special Collections by phone at 732/932-7006 or by sending email to Nancy Martin at ngmartin@rci.rutgers.edu.

Posted August 7, 2003