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Krueger-Scott is the largest collection of oral history interviews conducted with African-American residents of Newark who came to the city during the Great Migration, as well as those whose local roots stretch back generations. The faculty, staff and graduate students at Rutgers University-Newark who have worked on the collection in collaboration with local cultural institutions are proud to have helped preserve, archive, and make public these remarkable oral narratives that describe an as yet unwritten history of twentieth century African-American life.

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Sample Oral Histories

Richard Cooke standing in dark suit and tie
Richard Cooke
Photo by Bill May
portrait of Martha Gaynor
Martha Gaynor
Photo by Bill May
portrait of E. Alma Flagg
E. Alma Flagg
Photo by Bill May
portrait of Annie Rose Johnston
Annie Rose Johnston
Photo by Bill May
portrait of Owen Wilkerson
Owen Wilkinson
Photo by Bill May

Media Projects

  • Glassbook Project: Provisions
    Books made of glass inspired by the remarkable life stories related by the narrators of the Kruger-Scott African American Oral History Collection. “Provisions” explores the effects of the seismic change the Great Migration brought to individuals, their families, the city of Newark and the country at large. It documents the impact the narrators had on the young artists and the process of creating the books inspired by their stories.
  • Krueger-Scott Mansion Documentary
    Short documentary on the history of the Krueger-Scott Mansion in Newark, NJ. Film and music by Samantha J. Boardman. Copyright 2009 Clementine Productions, All Rights Reserved.
  • The Krueger-Scott African-American Oral History Archive
    A trailer assembled and scored by Samantha J. Boardman, giving a brief sample of the poignant and evocative stories of the Second Great Migration as told in the Krueger-Scott African-American Oral History collection, illustrated with art and archival images from Newark institutions.
  • We Came and Stayed
    Coyt Jones migrated to Newark from South Carolina in 1927. In his interview, Mr. Jones reflects on his arrival in Newark and the city in which he raised his family, including his son, the artist and activist Leroi Jones/Amiri Baraka, and his grandson, Ras Baraka, the current mayor of Newark. Weaving interviews together with original and archival photography and video, this Newest Americans short documentary explores how the Great Migration transformed a family and a city.