The Historical New York Times has been a gold mine of information for me! My New Jersey born and raised Grandfather, Joseph A.G. Baudermann, attended NYU and was something of a track star there. I knew none of this until I started finding the articles in the Times.
I access the Times through my local library's remote database system right from home. There are many historical and genealogical related databases to choose from. See what your library system has to offer. You may find you have a "star" in your family tree also!