Tom Summers, Outreach Services Manager
Sometimes the signature on a letter is more important than the message contained within. Written on November 6, 1804, this correspondence to Delaware Governor David Hall documents the resignation of Delaware’s Senator William Hill Wells. However, the most interesting section is the signature. Located in the lower right corner is written “A. Burr, Vice President of the United States and President of the Senate.” Aaron Burr signed the letter four months after he had shot and killed Alexander Hamilton in the famous duel. While dueling was controversial at the time, it was not illegal and Burr remained the Vice President until his term expired in 1805.
This document can be found in the Executive Papers at the Delaware Public Archives. This collection contains the papers of Delaware Governors from the eighteenth through the late-nineteenth centuries.
To celebrate Archives Month, we’ll be sharing some of our recent accessions. Check back each Friday for a new post. Connor Graham, processing archivist Vera Gilbride Davis was a prominent figure in Delaware politics for more than forty years. She was called the “Grande Dame of Delaware Politics” and was known for achieving a number […]
A recently-accessioned Caesar Rodney School Handbook gives a glimpse into what student life was like in 1938.
October 10 is Electronic Records Day. With the help of the Council of State Archivists (COSA), we’re sharing tips for preserving your personal digital collections.
To celebrate Archives Month, we’ll be sharing some of our recent accessions. Check back each Friday for a new post. Mary Hanes, processing archivist Have you ever wanted to tour the state of Delaware without the hassle of driving around for hours? If so, visit the archives and view the recently acquired collection of […]
The October meeting of the Downstate Delaware Genealogical Society will take place at the Archives on Saturday, October 10, 2:00 p.m. Professional Genealogist Angela Rodesky will be presenting a program titled “Searching Newspapers.” She will focus on some of the hidden information which can be found in newspapers such as obituaries, birth announcements, social events, […]
September is National Preparedness Month, a perfect time to create an emergency plan for your family and for your genealogy research.
Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland will speak at the Delaware Public Archives on Wednesday evening, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m., on the topic of the 800th Anniversary of Magna Carta, the so-called Great Charter of 1215, which serves as the foundation for both the British and American systems of government. Justice Holland is the […]
On Saturday, October 3 at 10:30 a.m., Dr. Susanne Fox will present a program at the Delaware Public Archives about Ann Moore Ridgely. A most unusual woman, Ridgely lived in Dover from 1775 until 1810 when she died. She was a wife, mother, estate manager, widow, and active member of the Dover community. Married to […]
As an early celebration of Constitution Day on September 17, the Delaware Public Archives will present a special program about the United States Constitution on Saturday, September 5, 10:30 a.m. at the Archives. Presented by Henry J. Foresman, Jr. this program will explore how both James Madison and John Dickinson, in their own way, helped […]