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Online Guide to the Collections


The Guide to the Delaware Public Archives was initiated in 1978 with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Originally designed as a printed guide to the collection, the project evolved into an electronic finding aid for the entire collection of the of the Delaware Public Archives.

In its current state, the Guide comprises approximately 3,600 separate word processing files, each of which represents portions of records groups within the collection. Access to the Guide is now available through a search of this collection.

Please be advised that there is currently in effect a security procedure that concerns our holdings of architectural drawings. Before one can view and/or then request copies of these records, he/she must send a request in writing stating the need for these records to the attention of our State Archivist, Stephen M. Marz - to our address: Delaware Public Archives; 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North, Dover, DE 19901. A notarized photocopy of a government issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license) must accompany the letter. You will then be notified about the availability of the records about which you have inquired.

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