Featured Collections

Special Collections and University Archives holds several major collections that are featured here.


William Elliot Griffis Collection

The papers of William Elliot Griffis (1843-1928), a unique scholarly resource, document the experience of Westerners in Japan, the roots of Japanese-American relations, and the special friendship between Japan and Rutgers during the Meiji period (1868-1912). Griffis, a graduate of the Rutgers College Class of 1869, has been called the foremost interpreter of Japan to the West before the First World War.  As well as a traveler and prolific author, Griffis was a collector of books, documents, photographs, and ephemera about Japan and those countries in her sphere of influence, particularly Korea. William Elliot Griffis and his family donated his collection to Special Collections and University Archives, where it became the department's most significant international collection.


William J. Hughes Congressional Papers

William J. Hughes (1932-) was a member of Congress from 1975 through 1994 who represented the Second Congressional District in southern New Jersey. Democrat Hughes advocated for anti-crime measures and copyright revision, as well as environmental protections, most notably as the champion of a successful ban on ocean dumping and as a contributor to the preservation of the Pinelands.

This collection is stored offsite. Advance notice required to consult this collection.


The IUE Labor Archives Project

The archives of the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine & Furniture Workers, AFL-CIO (IUE) constitutes one of the most significant and comprehensive labor history collections existing anywhere in the United States. The IUE archives serves as the cornerstone for the Rutgers University Libraries' labor history collections and has enhanced the university's status as a nationally recognized center for the study of labor and social history and labor-management relations issues.


Miriam Schapiro Archives on Women Artists

The Miriam Schapiro Archives on Women Artists is one of the largest archival collections dedicated to collecting and preserving women artists' papers, publications, and organizations in the United States. Largely focused on collecting and documenting second wave feminist art from 1945 onward, the collections' strengths rest on our vast slide collections, oral histories, and documentation of feminist art organizations like the Feminist Art Program and the New York Feminist Art Institute.

The Archives on Women Artists is named in honor of feminist artist and educator Miriam Schapiro.