Mission, Vision, Goals

Within its four major divisions (Sinclair New Jersey Collection, Manuscript Collection, Rare Book Collection, and University Archives), Special Collections and University Archives collects, preserves, and makes available primary sources of a rare, unique, or specialized nature to support advanced study and research in the humanities and social sciences. In addition to the four major divisions, there are significant holdings of genealogical resources, newspapers, maps, broadsides, prints, and photographs documenting many aspects of American history.

Mission Statement

Special Collections and University Archives collects, preserves, and makes available rare, unique, and specialized sources to support study and research on New Jersey, the history of Rutgers University, and other select subjects that support the mission and curriculum of the university and the needs of the people of New Jersey.

Vision Statement

Special Collections and University Archives strives to be recognized as a major public research university repository, on par with Rutgers’ Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) peers, through collaborating with and providing leadership for special collections within Rutgers University Libraries and continuing to build and share unique holdings with the university community, the state of New Jersey, and beyond.


  1. Build the New Jersey collections and other collections that support the Rutgers curriculum, faculty research interests, and SC/UA’s areas of strength.
  2. Play a leadership role in special collections throughout Rutgers University Libraries.
  3. Implement innovative outreach and programming to reach a wide spectrum of users.
  4. Develop appropriate facilities, including expanded storage space and state-of-the-art preservation and processing areas.
  5. Make collections discoverable online through cataloging, the creation of online finding aids, and the creation of digital projects, often in collaboration with other RUL units.
  6. Develop librarians and archivists who are leaders in the profession.