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Identifier: R-Photo

Rutgers University Photograph Collection


  • 1839-Present

Scope and Content Note

The Rutgers Photograph collection comprises of more than 100,000 items in multiple photographic formats and cover the years 1839-the present and visually documents the University, its constituents and activities from the changing physical landscape to the changing student body. Although the collection heavily emphasizes the New Brunswick Campus, it also includes imagery of both Camden and Newark campuses as well. "R-Photo" is organized by thematic/functional category, then further by Campus (when applicable), and then alphabetically by subject and then chronologically.


63.86 Cubic Feet (196 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Rutgers Photograph Collection represents the photographic documentation of Rutgers University. It is organized into the following categories: Academic and Administrative Functions, Athletics, Art, Buildings and Grounds, etc.

Photographic Documentation of the University

The photograph collections are maintained by the Rutgers University Archives as an assembled collection. Photographic materials in multiple formats, but primarily prints, documenting the University, its constituents, and activities are regularly added. However the primary basis of the collection was formed by photographs originally transferred to the Archives by the Office of University Relations, formerly Office of Public Relations, Office of Alumni Relations, and Office of Media Relations and also includes images weeded from other large collection such as the Rutgers Vertical Files, administrative records, donations and gifts, as well as single or small accessions from individual donors.

Arrangement Note

The photographs are arranged into 21 series:

  1. Academic and Administrative Functions (AA)
  2. Alumni Association (ALU)
  3. Art (ART)
  4. Athletics (ATH)
  5. Bicentennial (BI)
  6. Buildings & Grounds - Fraternities (BGF)
  7. Buildings & Grounds (BG)
  8. Buildings & Grounds - Camden (BGC)
  9. Buildings & Grounds - Newark (BGN)
  10. Bureaus & Institutes (BU)
  11. Classes (CL)
  12. Commencement (CM)
  13. Founding & Early History (EH)
  14. Homecomings (HOME)
  15. Military Functions (MF)
  16. Portraits (PO)
  17. Portraits II (POII)
  18. Seals & Proclamations (SP)
  19. Special Events (SE)
  20. Student Life (SL)
  21. Student Organizations (SO)

Related Material

Rutgers University Photograph Collection - Douglass. See Inventory to the Rutgers University Photograph Collection - Douglass

Rutgers University Photograph Collection - Cook. See Inventory to the Rutgers University Photograph Collection - Cook

Rutgers University Photograph Collection - Photographs from The Scarlet Letter Yearbook. See Inventory to the Rutgers University Photograph Collection - Photographs from The Scarlet Letter Yearbook

Inventory to the Rutgers University Photograph Collection R-Photo
Edited Full Draft
Special Collections and University Archives
June 2013
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.
Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

Part of the Rutgers University Archives Repository

Rutgers University Libraries
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
169 College Avenue
New Brunswick NJ 08901-1163
732-932-7012 (Fax)