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Digital Archive Collections


  • The Abram H Draper Collection – 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.
  • Caley Postcard Collection – George Luther Caley was a well-known genealogist, author, local historian and an avid postcard collector. His and his wife, Irene’s postcard collection is one of our most popular. 
  • Civil War – Explore the history of Delawareans during the American Civil War through photographs, diaries, letters, service records, legislation, newspapers, and more.
  • Document Collection – View some of Delaware’s most prized documents, including Seventeenth-Century papers, Civil War records, Delaware State Constitutions, and the 1868 Beers’ Atlas.
  • Early Legislative Papers – Explore the General Assembly, Legislative Papers Collection, digitized with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The Collection consists of manuscript records reflecting the functions and activities of the General Assembly between 1724 and 1913.
  • Heritage Collection eBooks – Titles from our DE Heritage Collection in PDF format.
  • Photograph Collections – Complete collections from our vast archives that include Delaware in World War II, The Jackson and Sharp Collection, Board of Agriculture, Board of Education, and The George and Irene Caley Postcard Collection to name a few. Our complete online collections showcase some of the finest imagery depicting the history of the Diamond State.
  • The Private Papers of Clara Dashiell – Primarily a collection of ephemera, this collection includes invitations to the 1876 West Point Independence Day celebration and hop, dinner at New Mansion, a grand ball given by the Citizens of Dover, a Georgetown social hop, and a series of hops hosted at the State Fair at Dover through the State Board of Agriculture.
  • The Private Papers of William C. Jason – Papers and letters relating to Reverend William C. Jason, minister for the Delaware Episcopal Methodist Church Conference for twelve years, first black president for Delaware State College (D.1895) for twenty-eight years, father, and husband to Madora Bailey.
  • Private Vital Statistics, Tombstone and Cemetery Records – This collection includes cemetery locations, names of deceased with dates of birth and death, and occasionally names of parents. The first box contains foldered lists for many church and family cemeteries throughout Delaware received from numerous donors. 
  • The Richardson Family Papers – This collection of letters from Alden B. Richardson III to his father, William P. Richardson, detail daily life after Alden enters the army during World War II. This collection also contains V-Letters, Alden’s life insurance information, post cards, change of address information, telegrams, a receipt for a war savings bond, and photographs.
  • The State Map Collection – The State Map Collection includes several dated and undated maps of areas in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and other surrounding areas. Some maps are of Delaware Bay, the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, military forts, and major cities.
  • The Storm of 1962 – Previously unreleased photographs from one of the most destructive storms in the First State’s recorded history. The majority of these never before seen images were digitized from historic printed photos and scanned from acetate negatives.
  • Town and City Histories – Comprehensive histories of the governance and management of Delaware’s Towns and Cities, continually updated.
  • The Wicks Family Photograph Collection – This early twentieth century photograph collection includes 17 photos of various scenes of Delaware and Maryland.
  • The Wilmington Railway Collection – The Wilmington Railway Collection consists of eighty-two 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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