Sinclair New Jersey Collection

The Sinclair New Jersey Collection is the largest, most comprehensive collection of New Jersey materials in the state and one of the finest collections of state and local history in the country. The approximately 70,000 monographs, pamphlets, periodicals and serials in the collection cover broad subject areas. A vast number of topics are represented, including state, county and municipal history, genealogy, religion, business and industry, labor, education, architeture, literature, medicine, agriculture, science and technology, political science, ethnic studies, gender studies, art, music, and bibliography. Due to its breadth and depth, the collection is an indispensable resource for research on any aspect of New Jersey, past or present.

Named for Donald Arleigh Sinclair, curator emeritus of Special Collections, the Sinclair New Jersey Collection is non-circulating. Much of the collection is represented in QuickSearch, in part as the result of retroactive conversion grants from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State.

Finding materials in the Sinclair New Jersey Collection

Collections with finding aids

The following groups of New Jersey materials are primarily accessed through online finding aids. This list is continually being updated as collections are processed and finding aids are created:

Cataloged items

A significant portion of the collection includes non-fiction, fiction set in New Jersey, poetry, rare books, pamphlets and periodicals that are cataloged individually and searchable in QuickSearch.

Uncataloged items

Portions of the Sinclair New Jersey Collection are uncataloged and do not appear in QuickSearch, including annual reports and some periodicals and pamphlets.

Many of the older periodicals and annual reports, often single or just several issues, are listed in two checklists that are no longer updated:

Checklists for other uncataloged collections are available by contacting Special Collections and University Archives as or at the New Jersey Reading Room reference desk. As checklists are updated they are added to the list of finding aids on this page.

For information about other printed formats held by the Special Collections and University Archives pertaining to New Jersey, view the descriptions of Broadsides and Ephemera, Newspapers, Maps.

As noted in the Collection Development Policy Statement, the Sinclair Collection acquires recent printed government documents issued by the state of New Jersey only selectively. The principal collection of government publications held by the Rutgers University Libraries is divided between Alexander Library (on the first floor) and the Library of Science and Medicine (on the second floor). Items appearing in the Library Catalog in a DOCNJ sublocation are not housed in Special Collections and University Archives, but rather in one of these other two locations.


For further information contact: Special Collections & University Archives