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Graduate and undergraduate students at Rutgers-Camden are exploring the history of the Cooper Street Historic District, which borders our campus.  In 2021, we are expanding our research area to encompass the central blocks of the Rutgers-Camden campus. Watch this blog for our discoveries in the archives!

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318 Penn Street: A Glimpse into 1930s Childhood

The apartment building at 318 Penn Street was energized by a youthful spirit in the 1930s. Throughout the twentieth century, newspapers traced the daily activities of citizens across the nation, and local newspapers, such as the Courier-Post and The Morning Post, recited incidents of crimes, deaths, marriages, and other incidents of daily life in the... Continue Reading →

North Side of Linden Street

By Kevin Wakefield The residents living within the odd numbered dwellings between 401 and 433 Linden Street formed a core part of the Camden, New Jersey community. From the 1880s to the early 1900s, professionals and their extended families made up the bulk of residents along the street. They ranged from confectioners to homeopathic physicians. By the... Continue Reading →

The Boarding Houses of Cooper Street

Researched and written by Sheri J. Ezekiel John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip (AFC 1939/001), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress What is a boarding house? A boarding house is usually a family home in which lodgers rent a room for one or more nights. Sometimes they would stay from weeks to... Continue Reading →

Cooper Street Researchers in the Spotlight

Two graduate students who participated in the 2017 research project "Women of Cooper Street" describe the impact of their work in stories posted by Rutgers-Camden: Read about Rachel Craft, newly graduated and beginning work as a historian with Hunter Research in Trenton. Read about Sharece Blakney, whose research about the Jubilee sisters of Cooper Street... Continue Reading →

Soothing Babies with Mrs. Winslow

The small cylindrical bottle stands at just under five inches tall and one inch in diameter. Text prominently embossed along its length identifies its former contents as Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing Syrup, Curtis & Perkins, Proprietors. The traditional account of the medication is that it was first created prior to 1844 by a Mrs. Charlotte Winslow... Continue Reading →

Little Dead Girls and China Dolls

It's time to explore the creepy and possibly haunted! When we first began our project on the items found at the location that now houses the student's of our wonderful Rutgers-Camden I was unsure how it was going to go. I had never researched an object as we are doing here, and I was concerned that... Continue Reading →

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