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Digital Archive Collections

  • 100 Stories – Explore the history of the First State through photographs, maps, construction drawings, currency notes, original legislation, and more. Celebrate the first hundred years of service by the Delaware Public Archives, 1905-2005.
  • 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.
  • Annual Reports for State Agencies – The Delaware Annual Reports Collection provides an on-line repository into which state agencies can place their annual and biennial reports, as called for in a 2014 update of the Delaware Freedom of Information Act.
  • Audio Selections – Listen to historic audio clips of interviews and radio broadcasts concerning service in WWII, desegregation, recycling, and baseball.
  • 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.
  • eBooks and PDF Documents – Titles from our Heritage collection in PDF format.
  • Maps – Historical maps of Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region, ranging from 1688 to the 20th Century.
  • 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.
  • Photograph Exhibits – Browse through our photograph exhibits to visit Delaware’s cities and towns and view Delaware’s past.
  • Photo Order Instruction – Order photographs from our collection.
  • Then and Now Gallery – Photographs that compare Delaware locations from different eras.
  • Town and City Histories – Comprehensive histories of the governance and management of Delaware’s Towns and Cities, continually updated.
  • 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.


Online Exhibits

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