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The 1905 Act establishing the Division of Public Records (forerunner of today’s Delaware Public Archives).

Archives Birth Certificate

The Delaware Public Archives owes much thanks to Mabel Lloyd Ridgely for its existence. Understanding the importance of the historic documents of Delaware, she pushed for and suceeded in the creation of a division within the state to manage, store and preserve the records of the state. She was a founder and president of the Public Archives Commission in 1905.

The enrolled bills date from 1776 until 1959 when the house and senate bills were separated into two different collections. The enrolled bills are bills passed by both house and senate. They include the amendments, resolutions and signatures of the members and Governor.