On August 7, the Delaware Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (DESSAR) donated to the Delaware Public Archives seven hundred completed applications for membership to their organization which preserve records related to the events leading up to and during the American Revolution.
Delaware Public Archives Director Stephen M. Marz added, “This will be a heavily used collection because it contains so much information on Delaware families. The DESSAR deserves a tremendous amount of credit for donating these records to the Archives because the documents trace back to the beginnings of the organization. To have this collection at the Delaware Public Archives is truly an honor.”
Since 1891, many Delaware men have honored their patriotic ancestors by joining the DESSAR. Each applicant is required to research and prove through documented evidence that an ancestor provided assistance during the American Revolutionary War period. These findings are submitted onto the DESSAR membership application. Dating from 1891 to 1976, these original documents are a wealth of family history information and will be instrumental in helping the genealogy community make connections to their Revolutionary War roots as well as historians as they capture Delaware’s personal connections to this historical time.
After the applications have been processed by the Archives staff, the full collection will be available for research by the public in the fall of 2013.
While indexing the Vietnam Mailbag Records, we came across this image from June 1971 of 1st Lt. Robert Nowaczyk of Claymont and a Sika deer. A deer in Vietnam? Why, yes! Sika deer lived throughout eastern Asia as far south as Vietnam and as far north as Russia. Not only is this image a special reminder that life continues for soldiers even in war, but the deer photographed in this image are largely extinct now in Asia, though their population remains bountiful in Japan.
This picture is one of the many treasures found in the Vietnam Mailbag Records. The letters and photos that make up the collection were composed for Nancy’s Vietnam Mailbag, a column written by Nancy Lynch that ran in The News-Journal from 1968-1972. The column featured stories, photos, poetry and news from Delaware soldiers in Vietnam. The collection is currently being indexed for digitization.