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Elizabeth Alton collected and donated her papers to the college library archives. These papers include reports, correspondence, meeting notes, news clippings, programs, a scrapbook, and typed manuscript copies of a book.
Most of the materials relate to Alton’s 1966-1969 campaign to establish a 4-year college/university in Southern New Jersey, from which Richard Stockton State College was born (later, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and Stockton University). All of the materials are from Southern New Jersey, and primarily, Atlantic County. Two folders – one of correspondence and one of programs and publications – have to do with Alton’s time as a member of the Stockton Board of Trustees. The scrapbook also includes items relating to her life outside of her involvement with Stockton: Miss America Pageant, New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs, and Rutgers University.
Heather Halpin Perez, Special Collections Librarian, September 2017.
Elizabeth Alton. Stockton University Archives and Special Collections, Richard E. Bjork Library, Stockton University.
Elizabeth Barstow Alton (1906-2006) was a member of the first Board of Trustees of Stockton University from 1969 to 1980. She was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey and graduated from Atlantic City High School. She married John Alton, and had two children.
While Stockton University’s Bjork Library’s Special Collection and Archives owns the collection; Stockton may not own the copyright for all of the items. Researchers wishing to reproduce materials are responsible for obtaining the proper permissions.