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 The Digital Collections repository provides open access to Stockton's publications and historical documents, unique and specialized collections and the intellectual and artistic work of the Stockton community.
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.
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.
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.