What Is An Accession?

According to The American Archivist, July 1974, an Accession is "(1) The act and procedure involved in a transfer of legal title and the taking of records or papers into the physical custody of an archival agency, records center, or manuscript repository. In records center operations, transfer of legal title may not be involved. (2) The material involved in such a transfer of custody." The Delaware Public Archives receives new accessions regularly. The following list highlights some of the more interesting items that have arrived recently. To view a sample of the accessioned item(s), select the link where available:

October 2016

  • Sussex County Probate Records, 1984-1986, 39.06 cf.; 1999-2000, 37.8 cf.

  • Town of Bethel Town Council Minute Book, 1973-2001, 0.12 cf.

  • Town of Wyoming Maps/Plots/Drawings, 1912-2010, 1.2 cf. Sample Image #1

  • Town of Wyoming Tax Assessment Records, 1923-1956, 0.42 cf. Sample Image #1

  • Town of Wyoming Administrative Files, 1887-1992, 1.0 cf. Sample Image #1Sample Image #2

  • "The Delaware Colony for the Feebleminded, 1917-1937," master thesis by Gerald Richard Wolfe, 1991.

  • Quillen family history records, 1835-1941, 1 folder.

  • Reed family documents and Bible records, 1824-1910, 0.1 cf. Five gem tintypes, ca. 1860s. Sample Image #1Sample Image #2Sample Image #3


July 2016


April 2016

  • Sussex County Probate Files, 1971 -1983, 119.7 cf.

  • 1975 Death Certificates and Index Cards, 20 books, 1.63 cf.; 1975 Marriage Certificates and Index Cards, 16 books, 1.3 cf.; 1943 Birth Certificates and Index Cards, 26 books, 2.29 cf.

  • Loaned for copying: Burton, Stockley, and West family papers, 1697-1911. Includes estate papers, deeds, coroner inquests, accounts, agreements, slave bill of sales, apprentice indentures, and West family Bible records. Sample Image #1Sample Image #2Sample Image #3

  • Town of Elsmere Ordinances, 1909-2009, 1.0 cf. Resolutions, 1962-2011, 0.7 cf.

  • Dr. James E. Marvil Collection Slides, 1943-1986, 0.3 cf.; Photographs, ca. 1942-1986, 0.19 cf.; Commander George M. Elliott Vietnam War Slides, 1968-1969, 0.08 cf Sample Image #1Sample Image #2Sample Image #3

  • Ernest Collection of 21 black and white and 1 color photo prints of Delaware country stores, 1949-1964. Sample Image #1Sample Image #2

  • 336 - 23.5" x 23.5" Sussex County Aerial Photographs, 1954.


January 2016



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