Building New Jersey Slavery Records into a robust database will require collaboration and contributions from many archivists, historians, genealogists, and educators across the state.

Rutgers Students

Beginning in the fall of 2022, undergraduate students have opportunities to contribute to the digital projects at the Scarlet and Black Research Center through the Public History Internship, coordinated by professor Kristin O'Brasill-Kulfan.

Archivists and Librarians

Many archives, libraries, and historical societies in New Jersey hold records related to enslaved people’s lives. We are working to build partnerships with archivists across the state to contribute records to the New Jersey Slavery Records database and to index records for the Northeast Slavery Records Index. Please contact us to talk about possibilities for collaboration.


Are you a family historian or genealogist who has found records related to slavery in New Jersey in the course of your research? We encourage you to share the names and details that you have found in archival sources. During 2022-2023 we are working to build a mechanism for crowd-sourcing records from individual researchers.

Want to be the first to know when the crowd-sourcing mechanism becomes available? Fill out this quick form to provide your email address, and we will email you when it is ready.