Cooper Street and adjacent blocks in Camden, New Jersey, are a setting for learning about how cities grow and change--and for discovering how individual decision-making affects the vitality and sustainability of urban neighborhoods.

Research into the social history of Cooper Street and its vicinity is creating new knowledge about Camden, New Jersey, residents during the city’s period of greatest growth and later transitions. Rutgers-Camden students contributing to this project gain research and writing skills and insight into urban history, historic preservation, and historical interpretation. As we learn, we strive to call attention to Cooper Street as an asset for the campus and surrounding communities.

During 2022, this project expanded to include adjacent blocks of the Rutgers-Camden campus. Our research documents the neighborhood that existed prior to urban renewal in the 1960s to create the campus.

Recently Added Items

Linden Terrace Residents Database (Linden Street, Fourth to Fifth Streets)

Data about past residents of the 400 block of Linden Street in Camden, NJ. Developed in 1871, this block known as Linden Terrace was a distinctive…

Penn Street (Third to Fifth Street) Residents Database

Data about past residents of Penn Street, between Third and Fifth Streets, in Camden, NJ. These blocks of Penn Street are currently a walkway through…

Fourth Street (Lawrence to Pearl Street) Residents Database

Data about past residents of Fourth Street in Camden, NJ. Fourth Street between Lawrence and Pearl Streets is currently a walkway through the campus…

Cooper Street by Block, 1839-1860 (before house numbering)

Data about residents of Cooper Street in Camden, New Jersey.

Blocks Adjacent to Cooper Street, 1839-1860 (before house numbering)

Data about residents in blocks immediately adjacent to Cooper Street in Camden, New Jersey.

Lawrence Street by Block, 1854-1860 (before house numbering)

Data about residents on Lawrence Street in Camden, New Jersey.

527 Cooper Street

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Contributing structure, Cooper Street Historic District.

Cooper Street Domestic Workers Database

Data about domestic workers on Cooper Street in Camden, N.J.

Giocondo, Michael

During the Vietnam War era, Michael Giocondo participated in the "Camden 28" raid on draft board headquarters.

Helene Apartments (Castle Apartments, 232 Cooper Street / 125 N. Third Street)

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Contributing structure, Cooper Street Historic District.