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Guide to World War II Records at DPA

Written on: August 11th, 2015 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryInside the DPAResearch Room

The seventieth anniversary of the Japanese surrender in World War II seems an appropriate time to make our followers aware that a Guide to World War II Records at the Delaware Public Archives has recently been created. The finding aid is available online and in paper format in the Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room.

The finding aid includes a diverse selection of records from a variety of collections, including State Council of Defense, Department of State, General Reference Collection, Small Manuscript Collection, State Reports, Department of Transportation, and the numerous military collections. Formats include paper reports and files, as well as prints, photographs, newspapers, and audio-visual records. The records help illustrate the experiences of Delawareans on the homefront and across the various campaigns during the war.

Wounded Ferried from Europe to New Castle Army Air Base Delaware’s Role in World War II Photo Collection RG 1325.003.205_040

Wounded Ferried from Europe to New Castle Army Air Base
Delaware’s Role in World War II Photo Collection
RG 1325.003.205_040

Each entry in the World War II finding aid includes the record group and series numbers, collection title, and a summary of the collection’s contents as they relate to World War II. Also included are individual box barcodes for ease of retrieval, notes on arrangement, the size of the collection, and whether there are any restrictions on accessing the records. Researchers interested in accessing any of the records should contact research room staff at the Delaware Public Archives.

The Guide to World War II Records is the latest in a series of military finding aids created by reference staff at DPA. Already in existence are the Guide to Revolutionary War Records, Guide to Civil War Records, and Guide to World War I Records, not to mention the Delaware Military Archives, which cover the periods between King George’s War (c 1744) through the War of 1812, to approximately 1827.

100+ Books Added to DPA Reference Collection

Written on: August 3rd, 2015 in Blog PostsInside the DPAResearch Room

100+ books have been added to the reference collection at the Delaware Public Archives.


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Looking for Your 18th Century Ancestors in Rural America

Written on: July 22nd, 2015 in Events at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, August 1 at 10:30 a.m., Kim Bucklaw of the Chester County Archives and Chester County Historical Society will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives about searching for one’s ancestors in 18th century rural America. This program will show how to use timelines along with a variety of records (taxes, deeds, court […]


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Archives to Celebrate July 4th with “Flags on the Moon” Program

Written on: June 26th, 2015 in Blog PostsEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

On Saturday, July 4, 1:00 p.m. the Delaware Public Archives will celebrate the holiday with a special program titled “Flags on the Moon.” Presented at the Delaware Public Archives in Dover by local author and former NASA engineer Jack Clemons, this program marks the 46th year anniversary of the moment when Apollo 11 astronaut Neil […]


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How Do I Start My Family Tree?

Written on: May 28th, 2015 in Blog PostsEvents at the Archives

Are you ready to put together your family’s genealogy? On Saturday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m., professional genealogist Sydney F. Cruice Dixon will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives on how to begin your family tree. This presentation will provide an excellent starting point for researching your genealogical roots. This workshop will look […]


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DPA Digital Collections on the Delaware Heritage Collection

Written on: May 7th, 2015 in Blog PostsInside the DPAMaps and SurveysPhotographsResearch Room

The Delaware Public Archives provides access to some of its most accessed photograph collections online through the Delaware Heritage Collection.


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Delaware Public Archives to Feature “Behind the Scenes” Tour for Dover Days

Written on: April 27th, 2015 in Delaware HistoryEvents at the Archives

If you were born, married, or attended public school in Delaware, eventually the Delaware Public Archives (DPA) will receive the information that documents these important events. On Saturday, May 2, 1:30 p.m. the staff of the Archives will conduct a tour of this remarkable facility. This annual “behind the scenes” tour of the building, conducted […]


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Archives Commemorates 150th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Death

Written on: April 10th, 2015 in Blog Posts

From April 12 through April 19, the Delaware Public Archives will commemorate the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s death by displaying a set of documents and photographs related to Lincoln’s assassination. Along with pictures of both Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, the display features Lincoln’s funeral procession program, a Delaware soldier’s diary […]


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Genealogy Assistance Day to be held at the Delaware Public Archives

Written on: April 1st, 2015 in Events at the ArchivesResearch Room

Have you ever wondered about your family history but didn’t know where to start? The Delaware Public Archives (DPA) is pleased to announce that volunteers from local genealogical societies will be on site to help you with your research on Saturday, April 11 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Volunteers will be available to answer […]


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“Behind the Scenes” Tours of the Delaware Public Archives are Now Available in Spanish

Written on: April 1st, 2015 in Events at the Archives

The Delaware Public Archives (DPA) was honored today by a visit from members of the Delaware Hispanic Commission to help launch the “Behind the Scenes” Spanish speaking tour series. “This ‘Behind the Scenes’ tour in Spanish is one of several Archives’ initiatives recognizing the growing influence of the Hispanic community in the First State’s history and […]


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