Douglass College (formerly New Jersey College for Women)

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This collection consists of yearbook photos, newspaper clippings, and alumni files that highlight the student experience of African American women during the early years of Douglass College. Founded in 1918, the school was originally known as the New Jersey College for Women or NJC. It was renamed Douglass College in 1955 and eventually became Douglass Residential College in 2007.

To learn about some of the black students at NJC in the first half of the twentieth century, visit our two digital exhibits:


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Negro Girls Win Heritage Award: Alumnae Honor Two Seniors as Interracial Pioneers at New Jersey College
An article reporting that two African American seniors, Emma Andrews and Evelyn Sermons, received the Heritage Award given by the Associate Alumnae of the New Jersey College for Women on June 4, 1949. They received the award for “contributing to the…

Resigns from Board
An article reporting that Emma Andrews and Evelyn Sermons, two African American seniors at the New Jersey College for Women, “expressed gratitude for the aid from the Urban League which made possible their stay in the N.J.C. dormitories.”

Award for First Negroes Living on N.J.C. Campus
An article reporting that two African American seniors, Emma Andrews and Evelyn Sermons, received the Heritage Award given by the Associate Alumnae of the New Jersey College for Women. The citation with the award read: “With quiet understanding, rare…