Newspapers

The newspapers described in this section are contained in Special Collections and University Archives' Loose Newspaper Collection (Ac. 3193) and Bound Newspaper Collection (Ac. 9980), both of which consist of paper copies of newspapers. More information about them can be found below.

Please note that newspapers on microfilm (in sublocations FLMPER in QuickSearch) are not held by Special Collections and University Archives. Inquiries regarding these newspapers should be directed by phone to the Alexander Library's reference desk (848-932-7509), or by e-mail through Rutgers University Libraries' Ask A Librarian service.

Special Collections and University Archives' newspaper holdings date chiefly from the eighteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries. Over a thousand titles, published in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York City, form the bulk of the collection. Among the rarest titles represented is the New Jersey Freeman, an 1840s abolitionist newspaper. The repository also holds what is arguably New Jersey's first newspaper, the manuscript Plain Dealer (1775-1776) issued at Bridgeton.

Most newspapers held by Special Collections and University Archives are stored offsite and require advance notice to consult; these titles can be identified by their call numbers, which begin with "Ac." A call number of "Ac.3193" (the Loose Newspaper Collection) refers to scattered issues of that paper from various years, and not a significant run. The call number is followed by the box ("B") and folder ("F") numbers that contain the paper. A call number that begins with "Ac.9980" signifies one or more bound volumes. Contact the New Jersey Room reference desk at 848-932-7510, or e-mail via Special Collections & University Archives: Ask a Question, to determine which specific issues or years are available.

An essential guide for researchers using New Jersey newspapers is the Directory of New Jersey Newspapers, 1765-1970 by William C. Wright and Paul A. Stellhorn (New Jersey Historical Commission, 1977). This work groups newspaper titles by place, states the papers' dates of publication and title changes, and lists repositories holding each title. A copy of the Directory is also available at the New Jersey Room reference desk.