The Scarlet and Black Digital Archive features primary sources documenting African American history at Rutgers University and in our surrounding communities. This archive serves as a companion to our three Scarlet and Black books, which trace the history of race at Rutgers from slavery to Black Lives Matter.

Image of three historical documents with a link to the New Jersey Slavery Records websiteLooking for slavery documents? Check out our new searchable database:
New Jersey Slavery Records.

For oral histories, see our companion site Black Voices at Rutgers.

These digital projects are created and maintained by the research team at the Scarlet and Black Research Center, an arm of the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Recently Added Items

Receipt issued to Jacob Van Dike related to Harry, a Black man carried away by followers of the British army

Dunn, James


Receipt issued to Jacob Van Dike and signed by James Dunn, Joseph Thickstun, David Dunham. For a transcript of this document and additional…