What Is An Accession?

According to The American Archvist, 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 2014

  • "Education in Sussex County" oral history audio cassettes (50) and typed transcript, 1976. Conducted by the Sussex County Bicentennial Committee.

  • 19 official portraits of Department of Public Instruction Superintendents, Deputy Superintendents, Secretaries of the Department of Education, and Deputy Secretaries, 1875-2012. Sample #1

  • Annual Thanksgiving Day Football Game Program, 1937, Dover High School vs. Caesar Rodney.

  • Dear Abby - Vietnam War Scrapbook, 1967-1968, 1972, 1980, 1991. Relates to donor's letter to Dear Abby requesting letters to soldiers and the overwhelming response. Sample #1, Sample #2, Sample #3.

  • Elsmere City Council Minutes and Hearing Proceedings, 1951-2003.

  • Will of George Howard, 1789. Conveyance Bond of David Miller to Scarborough Tunnell, 1794. Thomas Aydelott Warrant of Resurvey, 1832 copy of 1776 Warrant. Col. William Stevens Patent, 1792 copy of 1687 Patent. Deed, Sarah Gyles to David Wood, 1721.

  • Marriage Certificate of Reuben W. Warren and Rachel G. Deakyne with photos, 1889; Gootee and Collins Family Bible Records (photocopies), 1840-1937, 5 pages; Deakyne Family Bible Records (photocopies), 1819-1894, 7 pages; Gootee Farm Daybook, 1867-1904; Gootee Real Estate Sales Ledger, 1914-1934; 3 photo albums, ca. 1860-1900.

  • Three 8" x 10" color negatives of the "Map and Profile of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal," ca. 1829. Sample #1

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April 2014

January 2014

  • Dover City Directories, 1959, 1976, 2 vols.; Greater Dover and Lower Delaware Directories, 1986-2005, 21 vols.; Wilmington City Directories, 1957, 1975-2006, 29 vols.; Suburban Wilmington Directories, 1954-1983, 1986, 24 vols.; Wilmington-New Castle Directory, 1961; Newark City Directories, 1959-1982, 19 vols.; Milford City Directories, 1961-1979, 7 vols.; Seaford-Laurel-Bridgeville Directories, 1966-1979, 5 vols.; Delmarva Peninsula Directory, 1927.

  • Gray's New Map of Dover, 1877. 27.5" x 17.25".

  • "The Milfordian," Milford High School yearbooks, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967. 1965.Sample Image #1, Sample Image #2, Sample Image #3

  • "Doverian," Dover High School yearbooks, 1966, 1968, 1977.

  • State Board of Agriculture Annual Reports, 1907-8-9-10, 1911-1912,1915-16,1919-20, 1925-26, 1927-28, 1928-29, 1968-691940-1941, 1947-1948, 1948-1949, 1949-1950.

  • Land, vital statistical, probate records, and photographs from the Banning, Sammons, Clendaniel, Deputy, Lank and Messick families, 1806-1955. Sample Image #1, Sample Image #2

  • Kent County Probate Files, 1948-1955, 13.86 cf.

  • 51 glass negatives, aerial views of Buena Vista, A. I. duPont Hospital, Nemours, Wilmington Fibre, Continental Fibre, American Manganese, and more, ca. 1930s-1940s.

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