Digital Collections in RUcore

In our continuing efforts to make material accessible to patrons, Special Collections and University Archives has been digitizing selected collections and items for online use through our RUCore portal. These preliminary offerings are representative of the varied scope of Special Collections' holdings.

Material currently available includes records and photographs from the Borough of Roosevelt, originally known as New Jersey Homesteads, a planned community created by the Federal Government under the President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal initiative, and the papers of Peter Still, a slave who managed to buy his own freedom, and subsequently that of his wife and family.

Also included are photographs from the William Elliot Griffis Collection. Griffis, a graduate of the Rutgers Class of 1869, wrote extensively on Japan and was instrumental in interpreting Japanese culture to the West. He also served as a mentor to the earliest Japanese students at Rutgers.

Nearly 700 maps and aerial views from our extensive collection are also included in RUCore, as well as English ballads from the 1700s, and New Jersey Broadsides from the mid-to-late 1800s.