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Rutgers Football from the Vault Panel Discussion November 18

November 4, 2019
Birthplace of college football statue

Rutgers University is well known as the birthplace of college football. Please join us at a panel discussion on November 18, 2019 as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first football game.

This panel of Rutgers historians accompanies the exhibition Rutgers Football from the Vault: Celebrating 150 Years on display at the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery until February 14, 2020. Beginning with the first game against Princeton on November 6, 1869, the exhibit tells the story of Rutgers football all the way through the university joining the Big Ten Conference in 2014. Each display case covers a decade of Rutgers history, focusing on the team, the campus, and the students of that era. The exhibit features memorabilia from all decades of Rutgers history including a uniform from the 1930s, a signed football used by the 1961 undefeated team, a ticket from the game Paul Robeson was barred from playing due to his race, a ring from the Rutgers Papa John’s Bowl win against North Carolina State, and much more. As well as photographs and artifacts from the Rutgers University Archives, the exhibition includes memorabilia generously loaned by our speakers.

Speaker Thomas J. Frusciano served as the university archivist at Rutgers from 1989 to 2017.  Prior to Rutgers, he was the university archivist at New York University and assistant archivist at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton.  He is the author of numerous articles on the history of Rutgers and NYU, as well as archival descriptive practice and technology.  He was a major contributor to the 250th anniversary celebration of Rutgers, including serving as a primary author for Rutgers, A 250th Anniversary Portrait. Tom is also the author of The Rutgers University Football Vault: History of the Scarlet Knights and co-author of New York University and the City (Rutgers University Press, 1997).  During his years at Rutgers, Tom participated in a variety of projects that promoted the history of the university.  He has continued his involvement with the Rutgers Oral History Archives Program and the Rutgers Living History Society, where he serves as vice president and historian.  In this panel, he will provide an overview of Rutgers football history.

Steve Greene is a 1979 graduate of Rutgers University and the author of 1869 - American Football Kicks Off! New Discoveries at the Birthplace of Intercollegiate Football. Steve has worked in the television news rooms of New Jersey Public TV and was an associate producer/researcher and weekend assignment editor at WCBS-TV (Channel 2 News) in New York where he researched and assigned daily stories focused within the state of New Jersey and later New York. Steve grew up in Parsippany, New Jersey and now resides in Wood-Ridge. Using early newspapers and other sources, he has compiled a running list of new information and trivia that will be part of a series of books chronicling the history of the Rutgers football program. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first American intercollegiate football game, his first book reveals new details about the game, season, and players.

Stephen Dalina is a recent graduate of Rutgers University–Newark. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in world history at Rutgers, and working as a graduate assistant at the Rutgers University Archives. He served as co-curator of the exhibit along with interim university archivist Erika Gorder.  A lifelong Rutgers fan and collector, Stephen will reflect on his experience researching the exhibition.

The panel will be held Monday, November 18, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Remigio U. Pane room on the first floor of the Alexander Library at 169 College Avenue in New Brunswick. For more information, contact Fernanda Perrone at

Parking: Guests must use this link to register for the event. Until this process is completed their vehicles are not registered and they may receive a citation. Special event parking and special event permits are only for visitors to the university and does not include free metered parking. Faculty, staff, and students must park only in lots they are authorized to park in.