Boyd, Elizabeth B.

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The Rutgers historical items found in the Boyd Collection were once part of Rutgersensia?a university history collection. The term Rutgersensia is still used to refer to Rutgers items. Although Rutgersensia materials' existence parallel the history of Rutgers, as a library collection it first was unofficially under the charge of Alexander "Sandy" Stuart Graham. Graham, a self-educated man, came to Rutgers in 1915, after forty years working as a cutter and designer at the Janeway & Carpender wallpaper firm in New Brunswick. He became interested in systematizing and making usable the items he found about Rutgers in "old stone cellars." He also initiated the alumni biographical files and started a Rutgers bookcase featuring the work of Rutgers graduates. Graham's work at Rutgers extended beyond the library. In 1927, he undertook a commission to search for the original Queen's Charter in Europe. He worked on tracing the artists of the portraits in Kirkpatrick Chapel. He also ran a small rare and used bookstore At The Sign of the Thistle at his home on Hale Street in New Brunswick. Graham retired in 1936. In addition to Graham's work, George Osborn, Rutgers' head librarian from 1907 to 1945, had collected objects relating to Rutgers' history. In 1934, these items combined with Graham's material and other Rutgers historical objects and documents were opened as a collection called the Rutgersensia section in Voorhees Library. Elizabeth Boyd, who had come to Rutgers from the Princeton Library in 1932, was named curator. She left Rutgers in the mid-1950s. In the early 1960s, the library established a university archives department and hired William Miller to serve as Rutgers' first university archivist. The Rutgersensia materials then fell under the province of the University Archives. It is likely that in the course of doing research on Rutgers History, Elizabeth Boyd selected some Rutgersensia documents along with some of Graham's notes, and took them home to help her in her work. These documents were not returned, however, until the 1990s, and with the changes in the library that had occurred over the years, the original placement of many of these documents became difficult to determine.

From the description of The Elizabeth R. Boyd Historical Collection on Rutgers University, 1795-1956. (Rutgers University). WorldCat record id: 180083618

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associatedWith Adrain, Robert, 1775-1843. person
associatedWith Athenian Society (Queen's College) corporateBody
associatedWith Benedict, William H. person
associatedWith Boyd, William M. person
associatedWith Demarest, William H. S. (William Henry Steele), 1863-1956. person
associatedWith Doolittle, Theodore Sandford, 1836-1893. person
associatedWith Frelinghuysen, Theodore, 1787-1862. person
associatedWith Graham, Alexander Stuart. person
associatedWith Hill, Frederick Parsell, 1862-1957. person
associatedWith Livingston, John Henry, 1746-1825. person
associatedWith Milledoler, Philip, 1775-1852. person
associatedWith Miller, Isaac L. Kip. person
associatedWith New Jersey Folklore Society (1945-1951) corporateBody
associatedWith Queen's College Lottery. corporateBody
associatedWith Queen's College (New Brunswick, N.J.) corporateBody
associatedWith Queen's College (New Brunswick, N.J.). Grammar School. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers College corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers College. Grammar School. corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers, Henry, 1745-1830. person
associatedWith Rutgers University corporateBody
associatedWith Rutgers University. Board of Trustees. corporateBody
associatedWith Scott, Austin, 1848-1922. person
associatedWith Thompson, William. person
associatedWith Van Bergh, Dinah. person
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New Jersey
College buildings
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Universities and colleges
Universities and colleges
Universities and colleges
College sports
College students
College teachers
College trustees
Portraits, American


Active 1945

Active 1951



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SNAC ID: 13217156