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  Archived Posts From: 2012


The History of the Beatles and the Social Revolution of the 1960s

Written on: September 26th, 2012 in Delaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesResearch Room

It’s been fifty years since four young men from Liverpool, England known collectively as The Beatles walked into a recording studio to record their first single “Love Me Do.”   The Delaware Public Archives (DPA) is celebrating this anniversary with a program about this legendary group who changed the musical and cultural fiber of the 1960s.  To be presented on Saturday, October 6, 10:30 a.m., the program features Delawarean and Beatle historian Joel Glazier.  Along with The Beatles presentation, the Delaware Public Archives will have a small, temporary display of documents from its collections about the protest movement of the 1960s.  As noted by State Archivist Stephen M. Marz, “when many citizens think about the Delaware Public Archives, they believe we only keep materials from the 17th century through the early 20th century.  However, we want people to know that we have a large collection of materials related to recent Delaware history that researchers and all citizens should know are available for review and research.  We think this program on The Beatles, who were so much a part of this historic period, presents an excellent opportunity to bring out a sampling of these 1960s documents. It was a definitely a different era and that is truly reflected in the materials.”   

Joel Glazier, a resident of Wilmington, is a retired Delaware public school teacher who has been a Beatles fan since 1964, when the group first achieved recognition in America.  His interest continued into his teaching career and The Beatles have been used in his classroom and as part of university courses he has taught.  He was fortunate enough to have met all four Beatles and saw the group in concert when they toured the United States in the mid 1960s. As a speaker with the Delaware Humanities Forum he has given talks on various aspects of The Beatles history at dozens of Delaware schools, libraries and for various social and educational groups.

 The program is free to the public.  No reservations are required.  For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail

Delaware State Archivist Stephen M. Marz and Archives staff member David Bagosy review the protest documents that will be on display at the October 6 program.

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Delaware Day at Antietam

Written on: September 14th, 2012 in Research Room

Delaware Memorial at Antietam

Did you know that Monday was “Delaware Day” at the Antietam Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Maryland?  Antietam is remembered as the bloodiest one-day battle of the American Civil War and many of the Delaware troops present were involved in some of the most terrible parts of the battle. 

The Delaware Heritage Commission and the Delaware Public Archives, along with members of the Central Delaware Civil War Roundtable and 2nd Delaware re-enactors held a memorial ceremony at Philadelphia Brigade Park to honor the Delaware troops.  This park features a memorial to the 3rd Delaware Volunteers. The ceremony included a three volley salute by the 2nd Delaware, a wreath laying by the Archives and the Civil War Roundtable, a rendition of Taps, and the reading of  a letter that contained an account of the battle by Colonel John Andrews. Colonel Andrews led the 1st Delaware Volunteers at  Bloody Lane, one of the deadliest areas of the battlefield.

To learn more about Delaware Civil War soldiers you can visit our digital archives. You can also follow the war through the eyes of Cyrus Forwood, a soldier in the 2nd Delaware. 

3 Volley Salute By 2nd Delaware Re-enactors

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You Found Mold Where?!?

Written on: September 7th, 2012 in preservationResearch Room

Sometimes our researchers ask if I ever get out of the building.  Well the other day I had an occasion to, just not the kind that I like…..

An agency called to say they had some moldy books.  I went to take a look and indeed they were moldy.  It’s amazing what 80 percent humidity can do to records so quickly.  I consulted with our preservation officer and the records analyst for the agency to let them know the volume we were dealing with, the current situation, and most importantly, that they were permanent, vital records. We decided to send a team to help the agency.  We unbound the books, brushed the mold off, and rehoused them in new boxes.  The effort took just about a day.  The records were saved for future Delawareans.  So the next time I get asked if I ever get of the office…

Photo of Mold on the covers of the volumesTaking the volumes apart and brushing off the mold

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