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Special Collections and University Archives: Popular Culture

A guide to materials held by Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives on the topic of popular culture.

Interim Co-Director, New Jersey Regional Studies Librarian and Head of Public Services

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Christine Lutz
Special Collections & University Archives
169 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Subjects: New Jerseyana


This guide to resources on popular culture in Special Collections and University Archives (SC/UA) focuses primarily on manuscript collections with finding aids, and serves as a gateway to discovering additional resources in SC/UA. For additional materials concerning related subjects, please do a targeted advanced search in our library catalog (view instructions). The guide will be updated and annotated as more resources become available.

Thank you to Ilya Slavutskiy, PhD candidate in the Rutgers Department of History, for his work on this guide.

Getting Started


The Rutgers Libraries catalog, known as QuickSearch, is the best place to begin your research for printed material (books, pamphlets, magazines & journals, newsletters, reports, surveys, newspapers, etc.) The QuickSearch search box can be found on the Special Collections & University Archives homepage and many other Rutgers Libraries pages.

There are also detailed instructions for how to conduct a basic search in QuickSearch on the SC/UA website under “How to search the library catalog.”

Once you conduct a broad keyword or subject search, you can limit your search to SC/UA or any other specific libraries by clicking on “Library” on the left side of the page, and selecting a specific library from the drop-down list. 

Special Collections & University Archives website

Under Research Tools and Resources, select “Search Our Collections” for information on the most comprehensive ways to search our holdings that are not necessarily findable through QuickSearch.

You can also browse finding aids for manuscripts and other archival collections in ArchivesSpace and at Finding aids are simply detailed guides that allow researchers to get a sense of and locate materials in a collection of documents (in other words, not printed books, journals, maps, etc., but the records of a person, business or organization). They are used by special collections and archives globally as a standard way to create access to collections.

Some resources that may be useful can also be found in RUCore, the Rutgers University Community Repository, including Broadsides



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