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Photograph Exhibits

Jackson And Sharp Collection - Jackson and Sharp was a company in Wilmington Delaware that built railroad cars and ships from 1863 to 1950. The collection includes more than 4,000 images.

Harold W. T. Purnell Photograph Collection - This is the Archives’ best collection of historical Sussex County photographs and features a wide range of subjects that give an excellent view of Sussex County life from about 1860 through 1963.

A Photographic View of Delaware in the 1890s - In the 1890s, two publications were printed that left a valuable photographic timepiece of Delaware during the era. Both Art Work of Wilmington and Art Work of Delaware are part of the Archives’ Rare Book Collection.

Dover Air Force Base - After the United States entered World War II in late 1941, the newly completed Dover municipal airfield was leased to the U.S. Army Air Corps and assigned to the Eastern Defense Command as a coastal patrol base.

Delaware In World War II - A photographic record of the Delaware homefront and Delawareans overseas during World War II.

Fort Delaware Glass Negative Collection - The U.S. Corps of Engineers photographed construction work at Fort Delaware, Fort DuPont, and Fort Mott, New Jersey, before and during the Spanish-American War, 1898-1900. Many of the photos document construction inside Fort Delaware, while others show construction of gun batteries, emplacements, and earthworks at each fort.

Project Delaware - This collection consists of 1420 aerial view color slides documenting the state in 1970, especially the coastline and state boundaries. Other major subjects include the Christina River from its source to the Delaware River, Cherry Island, Wilmington Marine Terminal, Fort Delaware, Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, Artificial Island, lighthouses, Getty Refinery, Appoquinimink River, Mispillion River, Broadkill River, Lewes and Rehoboth Canal, Indian River, Cypress Swamp, Nanticoke River, and the northern arc boundary. Cities and towns represented include Claymont, Wilmington, Newport, New Castle, Deemers Beach, Delaware City, St. Georges, Chesapeake City, Port Penn, Augustine Beach, Middletown, Odessa, Smyrna, Dover, Woodland Beach, Bowers Beach, Milford, Slaughter Beach, Milton, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Oak Orchard, Millsboro, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Selbyville, Georgetown, Delmar, Laurel, Seaford, Marydel, and Newark.

State Board of Agriculture - The complete Glass Negative Collection of the Board of Agriculture consists of 2,017 images that were shot in the 1920s and 1930s. During this time period, many photographers were moving from glass negatives to film. However the best quality photographs still came from glass negatives. We present the work of Roydon L. Hammond for the Board of Agriculture.

Woodside Glass Negative Collection - This collection contains seventeen glass negatives of the Woodside, Delaware area. Subjects include the train station, a steam train at the station, street scenes, Woodside Methodist Church and the Elizabeth Jarrell store, boating on Derby Pond, baptisms at Derby Pond, women gathering water lilies, a tomato canning factory and a view of the Viola train station.

Haunted Delaware - Rumors and legends of hauntings have grown up around these locations for many years, but please remember as you view the images that seeing is not necessarily believing.

The George and Irene Caley Postcard Collection - George Luther Caley was a well-known genealogist, author, local historian and an avid postcard collector. When George passed away in 2005, the future of his life's work was uncertain. Irene Caley generously donated George's collection of Delaware and Delmarva postcards to The Delaware Public Archives to ensure public access to the images and for long-term preservation.

The Meyer Keilson Collection - Meyer Keilson was an architect who specialized in stage and motion picture theater design. He took these photos during his travels in Delaware. The ninety-two prints depict street scenes, historic and public buildings, houses, transportation, and historic markers throughout Delaware.

State Board of Education

Captured In Time - Cities and Towns In Delaware

Insurance Evaluation Report - This collection consists of a comprehensive list of state owned buildings created to serve as a guide in determining the amount of insurance to be carried. The collection shows the name and photograph of the building, location, brief description of the type of building and composition, total cubic feet, and estimated value of the building in 1941.

State Board Of Health Photographs - Photographs maintained by the State Board of Health primarily for education and publication purposes.

State Highway Department Photographs - Photographs that document the transportation history of Delaware in the 20th century.

Frank R. Zebly's Collection Of Church Photographs - Photographs of Delaware Churches

Delaware Public Archives Photo Order Instructions - Fill out the Photograph Order form, print it out, and then mail it along with your payment to Delaware Public Archives