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100+ Books Added to DPA Reference Collection

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

by Marjorie Ramsey, DPA summer intern and Katie Hall, reference archivist

The Delaware Public Archives is pleased to announce the addition of over 100 new books to the reference collection. These books were cataloged by Marjorie Ramsey, DPA Summer Intern and graduate student in Kent State University’s Library and Information Science program, and are available in the Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room during regular business hours.

Some highlights from these recent additions include:

Other book topics include Mayflower families, the Great Migration, German genealogy, and the duPont family’s genealogy and legacy.

If it’s been awhile since you’ve wandered through our stacks of reference books, make time to stop by and see what else is new! Although these books can’t be checked out, we have plenty of room where you can read in quiet, air conditioned comfort. Don’t forget that you can also search our book collection online through the Delaware Library Catalog anytime.

When scheduling your time to stop by and see the new books, please remember that the Research Room will be closed on Saturday, August 8 and Saturday, September 12. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you soon!

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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How Do I Preserve My Documents, Photographs and Digital Memories?

Written on: March 25th, 2015 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesPhotographsResearch Room

When it comes to family history, those books, papers and photographs we all keep stored away do more than just record the past — they connect us with our loved ones and ancestors, and often tell us as much about our present and future as they do about our history. Join the Delaware Public Archives […]

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