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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, including the Stockton University Archives and the general history and culture of southern New Jersey. These are available in the Reading Room, by appointment

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 The Digital Collections repository provides open access to Stockton's publications and historical documents, unique and specialized collections and the intellectual and artistic work of the Stockton community.


  • 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

Program cover, Conference on Atlantic City, Touris

Conference on Atlantic City, Tourism and Social Change Collection, May 1982

Selected papers from the May 1982 conference at Stockton. 

Black and white photograph of 4 men standing in front of cars and a building, Mississippi 1966.

James Cooper Papers, 1963-1966

James Cooper, an Atlantic City lawyer, went to Mississippi in 1966 to defend clients as part of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law. This collection contains his notes, photographs, and materials collected from his trip. 

Hand-drawn map of area near Weymouth, Atlantic Co., NJ, from about 1830s, showing roads, ponds, and some buildings.

Willits 1830s map of Estellville-Port Elizabeth

This hand-drawn map of the area near Weymouth Atlantic County, New Jersey, is from about 1830 and was done by Dr. Reuben Willits. The map was the gift of Cumberland County Historical Society. 

3 photograph contact sheets with many small images

Pinelands Folklife Photograph Collection

Hundreds of photographs from the early 1980s of Pinelands residents, events, and scenes are in this collection. 

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.


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.

Special Collections Reading Room

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm *by appointment only*
(Please click the link to make an appointment.)
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.

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Heather Perez

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