Created by the Scarlet and Black Research Center at the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers University, the Scarlet and Black Digital Archive is a publicly accessible educational resource that features primary sources documenting African American history in New Jersey.

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Ku Klux Klan application, lecture invitation, and miscellaneous documents
Ku Klux Klan (KKK)

A copy packet of documents pertaining to the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s, including: an invitation to a lecture on the principles, aims…

Ku Klux Klan membership card for William F. Rommel issued in N.B. N.J.
Ku Klux Klan (KKK)

Ku Klux Klan (KKK) membership card for William F. Rommel. The card was issued in New Jersey circa 1926, with the expiration date listed as September…

Ku Klux Klan membership card for William F. Rommel issued in N.J.
Ku Klux Klan (KKK)

Ku Klux Klan (KKK) membership card for William F. Rommel, a resident of Fords, NJ. The card was issued in the Klan realm of New Jersey circa 1925,…

James Albert Ukawsaw Gronniosaw obituary



Obituary reporting the death of Ukawsaw Gronniosaw also known as James Albert. He died on September 28, 1775, in Chester, England.

Birth record for Hannah, daughter of Dinah, reported by slaveholder Charity Dean
Middlesex County Clerk


Slaveholder Charity Dean reports that Dinah, an enslaved woman, gave birth to daughter Hannah on March 30, 1809. The birth certificate was recorded by…

Marriage record for Ambo and Mark Harris
Clark, Joseph


Marriage record for Mark and Ambo dated September 8, 1811. The record indicates that Mark was a black man enslaved to Captain (Benjamin) Taylor, and…