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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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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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