Rutgers University Alexander Library

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Rutgers University Alexander Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  Ask a Librarian form


169 College Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163

Telephone:[2]  848-932-7851, or Sp. Coll. 848-932-7006
Fax:  732-932-1101

Hours and holidays:  Hours and Holidays

Directions, maps, and public transportation:  {Optional}

Internet sites and databases:

  • Rutgers University Libraries Find (articles, books and media), Services and Tools, Help, Places and Spaces, About, News and Events, and Chat.
  • Legacy Catalog searchable by keywords, author, title, and subject among others.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Consider this your best, first-stop for New Jersey research.[3]

Special Collections include manuscripts, letters, rare books, New Jersey town records, diaries since 1746, historical maps, newspapers, and the University archives.[3]

The regular collection includes material from the Genealogical Society of New Jersey, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. It also holds biographies, histories, genealogies, family folders, Bibles, census, special indexes, cemetery transcripts, and professional genealogists' notes on New Jersey families.[3]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Information for Visitors access, borrowing, government documents, hours and directions, library catalog and other databases, libraries and collections at Rutgers, other services, and users with disabilities.

Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Sinclair, Donald A., Compiler. A Guide to Manuscript Diaries and Journals in the Special Collections Department, Rutgers University. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Library, 1980. WorldCat 7912561; Not available at the Family History Library.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Rutgers University Alexander Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives at New York City, censuses,, military, pensions, bounty land, photos, passenger indexes, New York port and shipping, naturalizations, inventions. Federal court and agency records of New Jersey, and New York.
  • National Archives at Philadelphia records of federal agencies and courts for Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, censuses, ships lists, naturalizations, and military records.[4]
  • New York Public Library Genealogy Division has an outstanding collection of American history at national, state and local levels; international genealogy and heraldry in Roman alphabets; Dorot Jewish collection; photos; New Jersey and New York censuses, directories, and vital records.

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

  • County Vital Records Office
  • City Vital Records Office
  • County Archives
  • County Orphan's Court
  • County Probate Court
  • County Recorder
  • County Coroner
  • U.S. District Court
  • County and local historical societies
  • County and local genealogical societies
  • Public Libraries
  • Museums and heritage societies
  • Repositories in surrounding New Jersey counties: Mercer, Monmouth, Somerset, Union, and in a nearby New York county: Richmond.
  • State Vital Records Office
  • New Jersey State Archives, Trenton, wills 1670-1900, births 1848-1923, marriages and deaths 1848-1940, deeds 1660s-1880s, court records 1680-1850, and NJ state censuses 1855-1915.[3]
  • New Jersey State Library, Trenton, published sources such as genealogies, guides, how-to books, indexes, maps and atlases, church records, local histories, city directories, and periodicals.[3]
  • New Jersey Historical Society Library, Newark, NJ books, censuses, maps, city directories, local histories, vital records, church records, family folders, and indexes to New Jersey family history sources.[5]
  • State Genealogical Society
  • Rowan University Campbell Library Delaware Valley history, and nearly all early Quaker lines in NJ.[3]
  • Church archives
  • Repositories in surrounding states: Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania.
  • Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, has early Quakers, Germans, Scots-Irish and other ethinc groups in PA, NJ, DE, and states east of the Mississippi River, Balch Institute passenger arrival lists, huge manuscript collection including many indexes, and Philadelphia neighborhood records.[6]

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Ask a Librarian in Rutgers University Libraries (accessed 15 September 2015).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Libraries and Centers in Rutgers University Libraries (accessed 15 September 2014).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 77. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  4. Family History at the National Archives in Philadelphia in National Archives (accessed 20 December 2013).
  5. The New Jersey Historical Society Library in New Jersey Historical Society (accessed 15 September 2015).
  6. Dollarhide and Bremer, 95.