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Digital Archive Contributors

Jesse Bayker, Digital Archivist

Alexandria Russell, Scarlet and Black Project Postdoctoral Associate 2019-2020

Miya Carey, Scarlet and Black Project Postdoctoral Associate 2018-2019

Kendra Boyd, Scarlet and Black Project Postdoctoral Associate 2017-2018

Beatrice J. Adams, Brenann SutterPamela Walker, and Caitlin Wiesner, Doctoral Researchers

Erika Gorder, University Archivist, and Tom Frusciano, University Archivist Emeritus

Undergraduate students in Jesse Bayker's Digital History course contributed transcriptions, metadata, and exhibits: Michael Collado, Christian Courtney, Rachel Diroll-Zack, Dante Intindola, Kathryn Mannoia, Sid Mehta, Ryan Moorhouse, Andrew Nester, Colleen Nester, Timothy O'Donnell, Khaled Reza, Jenny Schneider, Manan Shah, Adam Sofio, Courtney Stevenson, June Titus, Daniel Venetsky, Joseph Westendorf

About the Digital Archive

The Scarlet and Black Project Digital Archive illuminates the history of Rutgers University and slavery in New Jersey, the lives of free people of color in New Brunswick, and the experiences of the first black men and women to matriculate at the university. This archive serves as a digital companion to the Scarlet and Black books published by Rutgers Univesity Press.

Support for this project has been provided by the Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

About the Scarlet and Black Project

The Scarlet and Black Project is a historical exploration of the experiences of two disenfranchised populations, African Americans and Native Americans, at Rutgers University. This collaborative project grew out of the work of the Committee on Enslaved and Disenfranchised Populations in Rutgers History, which was created in 2015.

Following the committee's recommendations, issued in 2016, we share this history with our community in multiple ways including books, digital exhibits, historical markers on campus, public history tours, and commemorative events. For more information on the other components of the project, please visit the Chancellor's Scarlet and Black Project website.

About the Books

The Scarlet and Black Project has published two books about Rutgers history, and the researchers are now writing the third and final volume, which will bring the story into the twenty-first century. These books intend to provide a fuller record of Rutgers University by adding to its chronicles the experiences of African Americans and Native Americans—peoples whose experiences are often lost in the pages of history.  

Volume 1

Scarlet and Black Project volume 1 book cover

Scarlet and Black, Volume 1: Slavery and Dispossession in Rutgers History, edited by Marisa J. Fuentes and Deborah Gray White, was published in 2016. This volume traces the university’s early history, uncovering how the university benefited from the slave economy and how Rutgers came to own the land it inhabits. Rutgers’ connection to slavery was neither casual nor accidental—nor unusual. Like most early American colleges, Rutgers depended on slaves to build its campuses and serve its students and faculty; it depended on the sale of black people to fund its very existence.

Volume 2

Scarlet and Black Project volume 2 book cover

Scarlet and Black, Volume 2: Constructing Race and Gender at Rutgers, 1865-1945, edited by Kendra Boyd, Marisa J. Fuentes, and Deborah Gray White, was released in January 2020. This latest volume includes: an introduction to the period studied (from the end of the Civil War through WWII) by Deborah Gray White; a study of the first black students at Rutgers and New Brunswick Theological Seminary; an analysis of African-American life in the City of New Brunswick during the period; and profiles of the earliest black women to matriculate at Douglass College.