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Date Posted: Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Researchers who wish to perform research on site may make an appointment by calling (302) 744-5000 or e-mailing archives@delaware.gov


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Date Posted: Wednesday, November 9th, 2022

In 2018, some Records Services Team members conducted a cursory inspection of our microfilm to gauge its condition. Over 50% of the rolls inspected showed signs of deterioration. To address this, the Archives purchased a high-performance Mekel MACH10 Scanner from The Crowley Company. With the scanner and its software, we can now digitize our endangered microfilm rolls. And, in addition to preserving the records, digitizing them allows us to make them available online.


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Date Posted: Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

Our first bid to save public records was long said to have been in 1818, but a project to digitize old legislative records just found this earlier proposal, introduced in January 1787, to create a state archive.


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Date Posted: Friday, April 1st, 2022

The fully searchable and digitized1950 US census records are available online starting April 1st, 2022. Click to learn more and search!


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Date Posted: Friday, December 3rd, 2021

This newly available collection consists of 82 historical photographs of trolleys and locomotives in the Wilmington area. The majority of the photos are of trolley cars, either on area streets, at the car barn, or at the car garage


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Date Posted: Thursday, October 14th, 2021

The Abram H. Draper Collection consists of 34 unique pieces of correspondence, including letters and poetry from Sergeant Abram H. Draper to his wife Anna M. Wiley Draper during the American Civil War.


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Date Posted: Saturday, September 11th, 2021

The Delaware Public Archives is honored to announce the accession of a new collection to their holdings: The Robert Fangman Collection: United Airlines Flight 175 Flight Attendant.


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Date Posted: Thursday, February 25th, 2021

The Delaware Public Archives will service Delaware marriage certificates up to 1970. For marriage certificates from present-day to 1971, please contact the Office of Vital Statistics.


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Date Posted: Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

In celebration of Black History month, we have created an online display, “Delta Sigma Theta & The March for Women’s Suffrage.”


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Date Posted: Saturday, October 3rd, 2020

During the 17th-century, Anglo-European settlers established colonies throughout the Delaware Valley. The century saw the establishment of colonial societies in what became one of the most culturally diverse areas in North America. These complex cultural and social interactions continued well after Delaware, known then as the “Lower Counties” of Pennsylvania, became an English colony in 1664. Integrating information from archaeological and historic research, this presentation will examine what life was like on this frontier in what is now central Delaware. Discussed will be such topics as the pattern of settlement, landscape and environmental adaptations, immigration, family and household structure, transportation networks, and material culture.


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Date Posted: Saturday, September 5th, 2020

In this program, local historian Lew Miller will discuss the sudden rise of Abraham Lincoln to the Presidency. How did this unknown former congressman pull off such a great upset? What events led southerners to the brink of secession? Lincoln was a brilliant politician but his rise to the presidency could not have happened without both mistakes by his rivals for the Republican nomination and circumstances beyond his control. The story of how he became president involves powerful personalities, a nation in crisis, and a few chance events.


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