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Special Collections: About

Special Collections, University Archives, and Government Documents

The Library collects, organizes, preserves and provides access to special collections related to all aspects of Stockton and the general history and culture of southern New Jersey. Many works of art are presented in the Library, and it is a Federal Depository  for government documents. The Digital Collections repository provides open access to Stockton's publications and historical documents, unique and specialized collections and the intellectual and artistic work of the Stockton community.

Special Collections Reading Room

Mission

  • To collect, organize and preserve materials of enduring intellectual value in all formats created by administrators, alumni, benefactors, donors, faculty, staff and students of Stockton.
  • To acquire, through donation or purchase, first or early editions of literary works, books written by New Jersey authors, material about Stockton or books by and about people affiliated with the University, local, regional and state history and materials on the Pinelands.
  • To support research, teaching and the intellectual integrity of Stockton publications by making available and encouraging the use of archival collections by the University community and the general public.
  • To promote knowledge and understanding of the history, student life, academic goals and vision of Stockton University.
  • Encourage public awareness and the importance of preserving materials relevant to Stockton University and the surrounding community.

In With the Old! What's "new" in Special Collections

Stockton University yearbook

Stockton University yearbook, 2016-2017

The newest issue of Stockton's yearbook is available in the University Archives. Visit the Special Collections reading room to see it.

McKeen Day Book, Eichinger-Wading River Collection

These 1843 entries in the Samuel McKeen day book (one of many business logs in this collection) show supplies shipped from Bridgeport, New Jersey. Visit the Special Collections research room to see more.

Richard E. Bjork Personal Papers, 1954-1984

The personal papers and research of Dr. Richard E. Bjork, Stockton's founding president, are now organized and available for research.

letters, drawing

Emma Van Sant Moore letters

Part of the Budd Wilson collection in Special Collections are letters from New Jersey poet Emma Van Sant Moore to Hollis Koster, a fellow poet and botanist, in the 1940s. Read the letters in the Special Collections reading room.

Major Collection Areas

Local History: Books, serials, pamphlets and manuscripts about the history of Stockton, Atlantic City and County, the state of New Jersey and the Philadelphia area.

American History: Biographical, political and regional histories from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Authors Affiliated with Stockton: Journal articles, books and reviews written or edited by Stockton alumni, donors, faculty, staff and students.

Early Printing and Local Authors: Works published in southern New Jersey or written by local authors.

American Literature: Rare or special works of fiction and nonfiction from major authors, illustrated folios and children's literature.

Holdings

The holdings of the Archives and Special Collections have grown as a result of donations of rare and unique materials. The collections contain a wide range of formats including printed books, manuscripts, pamphlets, magazines, maps, photographs, audio/visual recordings and other formats that support the Library's mission to serve the needs of the Stockton community, students and faculty.

Gifts in many areas are sought and considered. The Archives and Special Collections continues to welcome such gifts in order to enhance the research and intellectual value of our holdings. In addition, we actively seek new initiatives and acquire new collections in anticipation of, or response to, changing academic needs and interests.

We are also committed to developing unique and distinctive collections in areas where we have little coverage. Materials may also be transferred from the General Collection in order to preserve their intellectual and research value.

Heather Perez

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Heather Perez
Contact:
Heather Perez
Special Collections Librarian & University Archivist
Richard E. Bjork Library E-055
609-652-4532 (Reading Room)
609-652-4555 (Office)

Visiting the Special Collections

Most materials in Archives and Special Collections are open for use by the general public, Stockton University faculty, students and alumni.

In order to properly ensure the long­-term accessibility and preservation of these collections, they do not circulate and must be used by researchers in the designated Reading Room, except under special circumstances with the express permission of the Archives Supervisor, the Associate Director for Technical Services, or the Library Director.

The Reading Room is open daily from 8am – 4pm. An appointment is preferred in order to locate and prepare materials for research. Please call or email.

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