General guidelines: Call in advance of your visit to check current hours of operation and to discuss your research project. Some facilities have limited staff and need advance notice to retrieve special records for you. Be prepared to conduct your own research once you arrive. Bring plenty of paper and pencil s. (Many libraries do not allow ink pens in the research rooms.) All facilities charge for photocopies. Bring change to make microfilm copies.
(CHAD) Center for Historic Architecture and Design , Alison Hall, University of Delaware, (302) 831-8097. Call for an appointment to see records of the Historic American Buildings Survey and Historic American Engineering Record, as well as other research files maintained in this office.
(DESHPO) Delaware State Historic Preservation Office , 15 The Green, Dover, (302) 739-5685, M-F 8- 5. This office maintains the list of National Register properties in the state, as well as the Delaware Cultural Resource Survey, including the original photographs taken by surveyors from the 1970s to the present. You can also find a reference library of Delaware-related materials here. Call in advance.
(DGS) Delaware Geological Survey, Cartographic Information Center, University of Delaware, (302) 831-2833. Park in Visitor Parking Lot #57, Academy St. This office maintains a computer database of aerial photographs and maps located in collections throughout Delaware. If an aerial photograph or map of your area exists, you will find a reference in the database to the research facility where the material is housed. You must seek out the photograph or map yourself. Databases are available at the DGS Home page on the World Wide Web. The URL is ttp://www.udel.eduldgs/dgs.html.
(DSA) Delaware State Archives, Hall of Records, Duke of York St. and Legislative Ave., Dover, (302) 744-5000. The repository for non-current records of state, counties, and some municipalities, the Archives houses a good collection of government documents (including census and assessment records), deeds, wills, probates, court records, maps, books, genealogical records, photographs, and insurance records.
(HML) Hagley Museum & Library, Rt. 141 & Brandywine River, (302) 658-2400, M-F and 2nd Sat. of month. The focus of this collection is industrial history, but other information on local history is available, including historic maps, photographs, and manuscript collections.
(HSD) Historical Society of Delaware , 505 N. Market St., Wilmington, (302) 655-7161, M-F, evening hours on Monday. The state's largest collection of Delaware history materials is located here, including books, articles, directories, newspapers, census records, family histories, private papers and journals, maps, and photographs.
(NC) New Castle County Department of Planning, 2701 Capitol Trail, Newark, (302) 366-7780 ext. 200, M-F 8-4. The Historic Preservation Section is familiar with current construction and documentation projects affecting historic houses in unincorporated areas of the county. The section maintains a complete record of National Register nominations and Delaware Cultural Resource Survey forms for properties in the county. Call in advance to make an appointment.
(RD) New Castle County Recorder of Deeds , Louis L. Redding City/County Building, 800 N. French St., 4th Floor, Wilmington, (302) 395-7700, M-F 9-5. This is the official repository for deed records in New Castle County. The research room is open to the public. Some limited assistance is available to help you locate records, but you must conduct your own research. Coin-operated photocopy machines are available.
(RW) New Castle County Register of Wills, Register of Wills for New Castle County is located at the Louis L. Redding City/County Building, 800 French Street, 2nd Floor, Wilmington, DE 19801. Business hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(UD) University of Delaware, Morris Library, S. College Ave., Newark, (302) 831-2665 Hours; 831- 2965 Information; 831-1732 Microforms; 831-2229 Special Collections. Open daily. Hours vary with school calendar. Historical materials are dispersed in this large library. Check at the Information Desk in the lobby for assistance and a floor plan. See especially the Delaware Collection within the Department of Special Collections for manuscripts, diaries, photographs, etc., and the Microforms Area for deeds, wills, probates, court, census records, newspapers, and some maps. This library has produced a guide to genealogical records within its collections. DELCA T, the computerized card catalog, is on-line.
New Castle County Public Library System Particularly strong in Delaware-related materials are the Concord Pike Library, Corbit-Calloway Library, Newark Library, New Castle Public Library, and the Wilmington Institute Free Library. At the latter, see the "Delaware Index," a subject and biographical index to Wilmington News Journal articles, books, and pamphlets from the 1920s to 1977.