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  Archived Posts From: 2015


In Order to Form a More Perfect Union: John Dickinson, James Madison and the United States Constitution

Written on: August 31st, 2015 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the Archives

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 shape the Constitution and our early republic. While James Madison is remembered as the father of our Constitution, many forget the contributions of John Dickinson, who after Madison may have been the most learned scholar of government and politics from antiquity to the age of the American Revolution.

Henry J. Foresman, Jr. is a retired Colonel in the United States Army, having served 33 years on active duty. He is now Director of the Washington Office of the Third Army and has served in his current position at the Pentagon since May 2012. His responsibilities include the coordination and interaction with Department of Defense and Army Staff and Agencies on behalf of the Commanding General Third Army. Other major responsibilities include the Administration of Office; Budget Management; and Congressional interaction.

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

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Guide to World War II Records at DPA

Written on: August 11th, 2015 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryInside the DPAPhotographsResearch Room

The seventieth anniversary of the Japanese surrender in World War II seems an appropriate time to make our followers aware that a Guide to World War II Records at the Delaware Public Archives has recently been created. The finding aid is available online and in paper format in the Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room.

The finding aid includes a diverse selection of records from a variety of collections, including State Council of Defense, Department of State, General Reference Collection, Small Manuscript Collection, State Reports, Department of Transportation, and the numerous military collections. Formats include paper reports and files, as well as prints, photographs, newspapers, and audio-visual records. The records help illustrate the experiences of Delawareans on the homefront and across the various campaigns during the war.

Photo of Wounded Ferried from Europe to New Castle Army Air Base Delaware’s Role in World War II Photo Collection RG 1325.003.205_040

Wounded Ferried from Europe to New Castle Army Air Base
Delaware’s Role in World War II Photo Collection
RG 1325.003.205_040

Each entry in the World War II finding aid includes the record group and series numbers, collection title, and a summary of the collection’s contents as they relate to World War II. Also included are individual box barcodes for ease of retrieval, notes on arrangement, the size of the collection, and whether there are any restrictions on accessing the records. Researchers interested in accessing any of the records should contact research room staff at the Delaware Public Archives.

The Guide to World War II Records is the latest in a series of military finding aids created by reference staff at DPA. Already in existence are the Guide to Revolutionary War Records, Guide to Civil War Records, and Guide to World War I Records, not to mention the Delaware Military Archives, which cover the periods between King George’s War (c 1744) through the War of 1812, to approximately 1827.

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100+ Books Added to DPA Reference Collection

Written on: August 3rd, 2015 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryInside the DPAPhotographsResearch Room

by Marjorie Ramsey, DPA summer intern and Katie Hall, reference archivist

The Delaware Public Archives is pleased to announce the addition of over 100 new books to the reference collection. These books were cataloged by Marjorie Ramsey, DPA Summer Intern and graduate student in Kent State University’s Library and Information Science program, and are available in the Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room during regular business hours.

Some highlights from these recent additions include:

Other book topics include Mayflower families, the Great Migration, German genealogy, and the duPont family’s genealogy and legacy.

If it’s been awhile since you’ve wandered through our stacks of reference books, make time to stop by and see what else is new! Although these books can’t be checked out, we have plenty of room where you can read in quiet, air conditioned comfort. Don’t forget that you can also search our book collection online through the Delaware Library Catalog anytime.

When scheduling your time to stop by and see the new books, please remember that the Research Room will be closed on Saturday, August 8 and Saturday, September 12. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to seeing you soon!

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