Rutgers Alumni (before 1945)
Many of the archival items featured here have been preserved as part of the Rutgers University Biographical Files for Alumni, a major collection at the Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives. Additional items were compiled by the Scarlet and Black research team from other archives and historical newspapers.
Some of the alumni and the archival items from this collection were discussed in our book Scarlet and Black, Volume 2: Constructing Race and Gender at Rutgers, 1865-1945.
View all items in this collection sorted by date.
Our exhibit Rutgers African American Alumni Gallery: The Forerunner Generation serves as the entry point into this collection. The exhibit features a portrait and biographical sketch for each African American alumnus and helps you discover relevant archival sources. If you are searching for documents that pertain to a specific alumnus, we suggest you begin your research by viewing his profile in the exhibit.
Additionally, this collection contains archival documents related to Klemmer Kalteissen RC1916, a white lawyer who participated in the New Brunswick NAACP's anti-lynching campaign in the 1920s. These documents are featured in our exhibit: NAACP in New Brunswick: Saving Silas Parmore.