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:

January 2015

  • The Caesar Rodney High School Student Hand Book, 1938. Sample Image #1Sample Image #2 

  • 16" x 20" aerial photograph of Legislative Hall area, 1953.

  • Sussex County Probate Files, 1956-1970, 80.64 cf.

  • Laurel High School Yearbooks, 1956-2014, 46 issues. Sample Image #1Sample Image #2  Sample Image #3

  • Lt. Governor Ruth Ann Minner Photographs, 1964-1999, 3 folders. Senator and Lt. Governor Ruth Ann Minner Newspaper Clippings, 1988-2000, 6 folders. 0.24 cf. Sample Image #1Sample Image #2

  • New Castle County Probate Records, 1998-2003, 78.12 cf.

  • New Castle City Council Minutes, 1875-1945, 1.44 cf. Sample Image #1Sample Image #2 

  • April 2015

  • 3 binders of research materials on property in the St. Georges area: Retirement Home, Hollywood Farm, Couper House, Friends Georges Creek Meeting House, and Hickory Grove Cemetery. Sample Image #1Sample Image #2Sample Image #3 

  • Digital copies of Gray's New Map of Camden, Felton, Wyoming, Leipsic, 1877. Sample Image #1Sample Image #2 

  • Town of Magnolia Minutes, April 1885 - January 1949, March 1981 - December 1991, 1 cd. Sample Image #1 

  • White family Bible records, 1870-2013, 6 pages.

  • Clark family Bible records, 1823-1872, 7 pages; and 1823-1871, 7 pages.

  • Board of Examiners for the Registration of Nurses Minute Book, 1909-1942, 0.19 cf. Sample Image #1 

  • Board of Pilot Commissioners Minute Book, 1961-1992, 0.1 cf.

  • Physicians Certificate Register, 1928-1968, 0.1 cf.

  • State Medical Examining Board Examination Record Book, 1895-1949, 0.1 cf. Sample Image #1 

  • Board of Dental Examiners Minute Books, 1912-1962, 1963-1976, 2 vols., 0.3 cf.

July 2015

October 2015



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