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Rutgers through the Centuries: 250 Years of Treasures from the Archives

October 14, 2015
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Rutgers through the Centuries celebrates 250 years of Rutgers history and features documents, photographs, and artifacts from the Rutgers University Archives.

We are pleased to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Rutgers University with the opening of Rutgers through the Centuries:  250 Years of Treasures from the Archives on Thursday, November 12, 2015.

This historical exhibition, which will be on display in Gallery ’50 and the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery in Alexander Library, features important historical documents; vivid photographic illustrations; and interesting, compelling, and often whimsical artifacts from the collections of the Rutgers University Archives.  Among the treasures on display are the original printed copy of the 1770 Queen’s College Charter, portraits of past presidents and faculty, documents relating to Rutgers College becoming a land-grant institution in 1864, photographs and artifacts depicting 19th- and 20th-century student life, and other items related to the historical development of Rutgers from a colonial college founded in the 18th century to a comprehensive public research university in the 21st century.

Rutgers through the Centuries opens on November 12 with a program at 5:30 p.m. in the Scholarly Communication Center of Alexander Library that will begin with a viewing of the Rutgers 250 film Our Revolutionary Spirit.  Welcoming remarks by chancellor of Rutgers University-New Brunswick Richard L. Edwards and vice president for information services and university librarian Krisellen Maloney will be followed by a presentation entitled “A Singular Pathway to Excellence: Rutgers at 250” by president emeritus and university professor Richard L. McCormick.  The program will conclude with a reception in the Scarlet Latte on the basement level of Alexander Library.

The exhibition will be on display from November 12, 2015 to November 30, 2016.  It can be viewed Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays during the academic year, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The exhibition opening is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged.  Visitors to the university may park in the College Ave Parking Deck and Lots 26 and 30 without permits.  Please send reservation requests or parking inquiries by email or call 848-932-7505.

For more information on Rutgers through the Centuries, please contact Tom Frusciano, university archivist, by email or at 848-932-6149.