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From the Revolutionary War to the 21st Century: New Issue of JRUL Available Now

March 6, 2017

Volume 68, issue 2 of the Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries.

The second part of the Journal of the Rutgers University Libraries’ special issue on the 250th anniversary of Rutgers University is now available. Entitled “From the Revolutionary War to the 21st Century,” this issue completes the discussion of Rutgers’ early history begun in “The Life and Times of Henry Rutgers” and turns its focus to the present day.

The issue begins with the second and third installations of David J. Fowler’s “Benevolent Patriot: The Life and Times of Henry Rutgers,” the most comprehensive biographical investigation the university’s namesake to date. “’I Have Bestowed My Mite’: The Revolutionary War Years” details Rutgers’ role in the war, including fighting in a few early battles, serving as a muster master, and performing other administrative duties. It also discusses the damages suffered by Rutgers Farm due to the British occupation of New York City during wartime.

“Back Home, 1783–1800,” the final article in the series, details the efforts to rebuild Rutgers Farm after the war. It also discusses aspects of Rutgers’ religious, business, and political life in New York, including the successes that enabled his philanthropy and lead to his reputation as a “benevolent patriot.” Of particular interest is the essay’s discussion of Rutgers’ slave ownership.

The issue continues with “The Early Years of Livingston College, 1964–1973: Revisiting the ‘College of Good Intentions'” by Paul G. E. Clemens and Carla Yanni. The article details the plans of Ernest Lynton, the college’s first dean, to emphasize interdisciplinary approaches to education and to recruit more students from underrepresented populations, among other things. Though the original vision was not immediately realized, many of Lynton’s ideas for educational reform have become standard in modern day higher education.

Finally, Matthew Knoblauch’s “The Scarlet Beat: The Evolution of Law Enforcement at Rutgers” traces the development of Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) from its roots as a parking authority in the early 1960s to its current state as a professional law enforcement agency. Knoblauch tracks developments in RUPD’s in loco parentis role as the university changes over the years.

This issue is the last under the editorship of Robert G. Sewell. We would like to thank Sewell for his tireless stewardship of the Journal—soliciting, editing, and writing over a dozen issues’ worth of articles about Rutgers University Libraries and our collections—during his more than 20-year tenure as editor.