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  Archived Posts From: 2011


Got The Winter Blahs?

Written on: January 24th, 2011 in Research Room

We had a couple come in the other day with a case of the winter blues.

 They had seen the article in the newspapers about the Harold Purnell photograph collection being completed.  So they thought they’d come in and look at some old photographs to see if they could shake their blues away.  Boy did they ever!  They ended up spending the whole day here looking not only at the purnell collection but in some of our other collections of over 800,000 photographs.    They couldn’t believe that the day had gone so quickly when we told them it was closing time.

 Why not stop in and see if you can get rid of your winter blues or you can look at photographs of winters in Delaware or any of our other albums on our Facebook page.

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“I Have A Dream”

Written on: January 14th, 2011 in Research Room

Monday we take some time to honor the Reverend Martin Luther King and his accomplishments for civil rights.  We had a college professor, who is new to Delaware, stop in to see if we had anything on civil rights in Delaware. He was floored when he saw all we had.

 We have audio recordings of NAACP rallies and of NAAWP rallies.  We have photographs and our Department of Public Instruction collection has a wealth of information regarding the desegregation of schools.  The Governor’s papers are full of correspondence and letters. We have newspapers from the time period, as well as the official legislation for the many laws passed.

The professor was so impressed he is considering having his students spend the semester here instead of the classroom.

State Police Evicting Demonstrators From Legislative Hall March 28,1968

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Get Ready, It’s Coming!

Written on: January 7th, 2011 in Research Room

Did you know that April 12th will mark the sesquicentennial of the start of the Civil War?  Did you know that we have over 23 cubic feet of original records, 140 rolls of microfilm, and approximately 60 photographs relating to Delaware Union troops?

 In preparation for the anniversary, with the help of our sister agency the Government Information Center, we are going to digitize and make available on our website all of our Civil War holdings. 

 The records include diaries of soldiers, clothing books, muster rolls, company memorials, newspapers, and pension records for the Delaware Union soldiers.

This information will be a joy to genealogists and military historians.

 To learn about the records in our holdings regarding the Civil War, look at our guide to our Civil War records.

 To see a sampling of the documents we, have you can visit our Civil War exhibit in the Digital Archives.

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