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  Archived Posts From: 2012


Delaware Public Archives to Feature Tour and Display of Dover Photographs

Written on: April 30th, 2012 in Delaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesPhotographsResearch Room

If you were born, married, or attended public school in Delaware, eventually the Delaware Public Archives will have a record of you. As part of the Dover Days celebration, the staff of the Delaware Public Archives will conduct a tour of the facility on Saturday, May 5, at 1:30 p.m.   This annual “behind the scenes” tour of the building offers the public a rare opportunity to learn more about the role of the Archives, and see how the Archives preserves and protects the records that are important to every Delawarean.  Archives Director Stephen M. Marz notes that “many people who have toured the Archives are surprised by the amount of documents and photographs that are stored at the facility.  Because the Delaware Public Archives serves as the official government repository for state, county and local government records, the Archives is well known as a valuable resource for researchers, genealogists, and historians.” Part of the tour will include a viewing of Delaware’s Bill of Rights which is on display until July 2 of this year.  The tour is free to the public.  No reservations are required. 

 Along with the tour, the Delaware Public Archives will be celebrating Dover Days by displaying a series of the Dover photographs in its lobby from its collection of more than 800,000 images. This display will feature photographs of the Capital City from the early to mid-twentieth century.

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The Old Courts of Delaware

Written on: April 17th, 2012 in Research Room

If you have been reading the newspapers lately or watching the news, you know that Delaware has a scheduled execution for April 20th.  We had some curious citizens stop in to see if we had any information or documents about past executions.

They started by looking at our newspaper collection. Next they looked in our general reference files for Capital Punishment. That sparked their interest in the courts.  For instance, from colonial times until 1951, a serious criminal case was heard by the Court of General Sessions

If it was deemed worthy of capital punishment, the case then went to the Court of Oyer and Terminer.

They were also surprised to learn that the Secretary of State served as the Clerk of the Court for the Court of Appeals.  They couldn’t believe all the old courts that no longer exist.  

To learn more about early courts in Delaware you can visit our agency histories page. To see the various types of records we have for the courts use our online guide and do a key word search for “court.”

Old Court House in New Castle

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