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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
New Jersey Studies publishes “original scholarship on all aspects of NJ History.” Two issues are published each year, in the summer and winter, with material categorized in a number of different sections, including articles, documents plus artifacts, talks, teaching New Jersey history, book reviews, New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance (NJSAA) Graduate Student Award-winning papers, letter from the editor, exhibit reviews, and NJ History and Historic Preservation Conference Poster Winners. The editorial board is made up of scholars and researchers from across New Jersey, with affiliations to Rutgers, Monmouth University, the Thomas Edison Papers Project, the New Jersey State Archives, the New Jersey State Museum, and the New Jersey Historic Trust, among others.
A look at the most recently-available issue of NJS [Vol 2, No 2 (2016)] shows a plethora of substantial scholarly content, including the talks, “Economic Justice for All: Some Jersey Roots,” the keynote address from the New Jersey Historical Commission Conference, “Fighting for Justice: 20th Century Protest in New Jersey,” Rutgers, State University of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, 21 November 2015, by Dorothy Sue Cobble, professor of history and labor studies at Rutgers, and “Becoming a Modern Public Research University: The Postwar Challenges of Rutgers and Penn State, 1945-1965,” the 30th Annual Bishop Lecture, delivered at Alexander Library, Rutgers University, March 30, 2016, by Roger L. Geiger; three articles: “Cabin in the Pines: Albert Music Hall and Constructions of a Pine Barrens Musical Tradition,” “In the Wake of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter: The Plight of John Artis,” and “From Riot to Revolt: Asbury Park in July 1970”; a document plus artifact entitled, “Free Man of Color Ben Moore Jailed for Opinions, 1755” a scanned original document from the Monmouth County Archives; a teaching New Jersey history piece: “Finding and Using Primary Sources to Teach about the Irish Experience in New Jersey”; six in-depth book reviews; an exhibit review of “Raritan Landing: A Permanent Exhibit at East Jersey Old Town Village”; and a scanned image of the 2016 NJ History and Historic Preservation Conference Poster Session Winner, “Reimagining the Hackensack Meadowlands, 1968-1972.”
The scholarship of material here is of very high quality, and full-color scans are reproduced very well from image and artifact originals. New Jersey Studies: an Interdisciplinary Journal is an excellent instance of a top-notch open-access scholarly journal. Of interest to anyone researching American history: it will quickly make you aware of the groundbreaking role the state has played, and continues to play, in the life of our nation.