University Archives & Special Collections

The Rowan University Archives and Special Collections are located on the fifth floor of the Campbell Library. This space welcomes researchers, genealogists, historians, authors, and Rowan University faculty and students. The University Archives hold many materials detailing the rich history of Rowan University, including photographs and dance cards from the institution's early Normal School years in the 1920s.

The largest, most researched collection was donated by Frank H. Stewart, a Philadelphia businessman and private collector. Mr. Stewart willed much of his collection to Rowan University upon his death in 1948. When presented, it was the largest private collection of New Jersey history, and is frequented by researchers, genealogists, historians, authors, and Rowan University faculty and students. The Stewart Collection consists of pamphlets, photographs, genealogical materials, and books.

Collections and Contents

  • Early American History

  • The Frank H. Stewart Collection
  • New Jersey History

  • Rowan University Archives
  • Artifacts and Memorabilia
  • Photographs from the 1967 Hollybush Summit
  • The Papers of Thomas Whitney Synnott
  • The Papers of Leo C. Beebe
  • The Marvin C. Creamer Collection of the Circumnavigation of the Globe Star
  • The James C. Gandy Collection of Oberlin Smith/Ferracute Artifacts, Books and Papers
  • The Papers of Charles E. Wolverton
  • The Satterthwaite Genealogical Collection
     

Online Collections

Online and ready for viewing, our collection of Rowan University yearbooks is the first of many print archival collections to be made available electronically. All 121 printed yearbooks – 88 Rowan University (including Rowan College, Glassboro State College, New Jersey State Teacher's College and Normal School) yearbooks, and 33 School of Osteopathic Medicine yearbooks – have been scanned and uploaded for researchers and Rowan University community members to view. These items will be made searchable and available through ProfSearch and the Rowan University Libraries catalog, but can also be directly accessed here: https://archive.org/details/rowanuniversitylibraries

Future digitization projects are planned for Special Collections within the Frank H. Stewart Room, for physical items housed by the RCA Heritage Program Museum, and for other Special and Archival Collections maintained by the Camden and Stratford campuses.

Handling archives and special collections in the Reading Room

Because of the unique nature of archives and sometime fragile condition, special care is taken when handling and using the collections.  Materials do not circulate and cannot leave the Reading Room. All users are required to register and provide a picture I.D on their first visit.  All users must complete a materials request form.

Things to know: 

  • Pencils are the only writing utensils permitted in the reading room. 
  • Paper for note taking or a laptop are permitted.  WiFi connection is available.
  • Gloves (provided) may be required for especially fragile documents or with photographs. 
  • Digital camera or smart phone may be used to take images of materials in lieu of photocopies or scans, but permission is required from the Archivist.
  • Copies are $0.10 per page; scans up to 10 are free; after $0.25 per scan will be charged.  Please fill out a copy/ scan form at the front desk.  Orders may take up to 5 days to complete.
 
For the convenience of our users, our staff has created online finding aids for three of our popular collections. Browse the Papers of Leo C. Beebe, the Papers of Marvin C. Creamer, and Hollybush Summit materials here:  http://rowan.libraryhost.com/?p=collections/collections.

Access

The University Archives and Special Collections Reading Room will be closed to visitors until the late spring semester of 2016 while it undergoes minor renovations. Reference services will be provided via email and telephone. For assistance, please contact: 

University Archives & Special Collections
856-256-4967 

E-mail: Archives@rowan.edu

Parking arrangements for outside scholars can be provided.