Christine Lutz

NJ Regional Studies Librarian & Head of Public Services
Librarian, Alexander LibrarySpecial Collections and University Archives
Library Faculty, New Brunswick


Archibald S. Alexander Library

169 College Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163

I'm New Jersey Regional Studies Librarian and Head of Public Services in Special Collections and University Archives (SC/UA), Rutgers University-New Brunswick. I curate the Sinclair New Jersey Collection, the largest and most comprehensive collection of printed materials on New Jersey in the state, and one of the premier collections of its kind in the country. I also oversee the public services operations of Special Collections and University Archives, including our remote reference services and the New Jersey Reading Room. I also provide instruction, both on-site in SC/UA and in the classroom, that introduces Rutgers student to archives and special collections and supports the Rutgers curriculum. My research interests encompass New Jersey history and culture, with a focus on music scenes. In 2015 I co-founded the award-winning New Brunswick Music Scene Archive in SC/UA. I am also interested in primary source instruction and critical pedagogy in archives and special collections. To that end I teach the Rutgers Byrne First-Year Seminar "Examining Archives Through the Lens of Popular Culture."


Refereed Journal Articles

Lutz, Christine A., Tara Maharjan and Stephanie Crawford. “Music, Beer and Zines: Popular Culture Collections at Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives.”Archives and Records. Volume 41, Issue 3: Archiving Popular Culture, Winter 2020.

Lutz, Christine A. “Y’all Come and Have Fun”: Discovering a New Jersey Country and Western Scene in a Box of Postcards. Notes: The Quarterly Journal of Music Librarianship. Vol. 76, No. 3, March 2020. DOI:

Lutz, Christine A. “Cabin in the Pines: Albert Music Hall and Constructions of a Pine Barrens Musical Tradition.” New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Vol. 2, No. 2, Summer 2016. DOI:

Other Refereed Writing

Lutz, Christie. “First Time with the First Years.” RBMS Teaching With Primary Sources Collective Reflective Practice Series “Notes from the Field.” April 24, 2020.

Non-Refereed Articles

Lutz, Christine A. “Listening to the Local Beat: New Archive Documents New Brunswick Music Scene During Recent Decades.” Mid-Atlantic Archivist, v. 45, n. 3, Summer 2016.

Lutz, Christine A. “The Wonder of It All: Memory and Meaning in the Princeton University Memorabilia Collection.” Princeton University Library Chronicle, LXXI, No. 1, Autumn, 2009. DOI: 10.25290/prinunivlibrchro.71.1.0063

Lutz. Christine A. “Bay Head, NJ” ( and “Califon, NJ” ( Encyclopedia of New Jersey. Eds. Marc Mappen and Maxine Laurie. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2004.



New Jersey Regional Studies Librarian and Head of Public Services, Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries, 2014-present

Assistant University Archivist for Public Services, Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2008-2014

Princeton University Project Archivist, Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2005-2008

National Historical Publications and Records Commission Fellow in Archival Administration, George Meany Memorial Archives, National Labor College, AFL-CIO, 2004-2005


Master of Arts, American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Master of Library of Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Georgia, Athens, GA


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