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Trashing Treasures

Written on: October 22nd, 2014 in Blog PostsPhotographspreservationRecords Management

This blog is part of a special behind the scenes series for Archives Month. Connor Graham, processing archivist The Processing Room is where we clean and organize documents so they can be properly preserved. Removing staples and paperclips, photocopying acidic documents, unfolding papers, and placing records in acid-free folders and boxes are among the basic preservation techniques that […]


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To Retain or Not to Retain, That is the Question

Written on: October 15th, 2014 in Blog PostsInside the DPAPhotographspreservationRecords Management

This blog is part of a special behind the scenes series for Archives Month. Kit Carson, Government Services Manager If you’ve ever been to the research room, you’re probably familiar with members of our public services and record services staff. These are the people that prepare and service the records from our holdings for the public to use. […]


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Copying Your Documents Has Never Been Easier

Written on: October 13th, 2014 in Blog PostsInside the DPAPhotographspreservationRecords ManagementResearch Room

This blog is part of a special behind the scenes series for Archives Month. Richard Hays, reference archivist In order to keep up with the demand for more ways to obtain digital records, the Delaware Public Archives has recently acquired a pair of new microfilm reader-scanners. These microfilm readers provide image quality that greatly surpasses what has previously […]


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The Lincolns: Portrait of a Family

Written on: September 25th, 2014 in Blog PostsEvents at the ArchivesPhotographsResearch Room

Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in 1809. His son died in a mansion 117 years later. In those years, the country endured a series of dramatic changes which forever altered the course of American history. However, no family paid a more dramatic price. On Saturday, October 4, at 10:30 a.m., historian Daniel […]


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Top 10 Tips for Researching at DPA

Written on: July 24th, 2014 in Blog PostsPhotographsResearch Room

Planning a research trip to the Delaware Public Archives this summer? Here are our Top 10 Tips for Researching at DPA.


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The History of Farming in Delaware

Written on: July 22nd, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesPhotographsResearch Room

Farming and its related agricultural industries have been a major force in the social, cultural, and economic history of Delaware. Today, agriculture remains the state’s largest industry, generating over $1 billion in income from an array of crops, poultry, and livestock. On Saturday, August 2, at 10:30 a.m., Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee, will […]


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50 Years Afloat: The Cape May – Lewes Ferry

Written on: July 1st, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryPhotographs

Sarah Denison, processing archivist Today is the 50th anniversary of the maiden voyage of the Cape May – Lewes Ferry. Operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority, the fleet carries passengers and automobiles on the 80 minute journey across the mouth of the Delaware Bay 13 times a day on peak summer weekends. We’ve found some […]


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The Eagle Has Landed: ILC Dover’s Development of the Apollo Spacesuit

Written on: June 26th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryEvents at the ArchivesPhotographs

On Saturday, July 5 at 10:30 a.m., the Delaware Public Archives will host a free presentation about the development of the early space suit at International Latex Corporation (ILC) in Delaware. Presentation will be given by Bill Ayrey, quality test laboratory manager and company historian for ILC Dover, and is free and open to the public.


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Celebrating the Final Year of the Delmarva Chicken Festival

Written on: June 18th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryPhotographs

Sarah Denison, processing archivist This year marks the 65th and final year of the Delmarva Chicken Festival. Started in 1948, the Delmarva Chicken Festival is a celebration of the area’s poultry industry. Over the years, people flocked to the festival to see the world’s largest frying pan. With a 10 foot diameter and weighing in […]


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“Annie Oakleys” at the New Castle County Workhouse

Written on: June 6th, 2014 in Blog PostsDelaware HistoryPhotographs

The Delaware Public Archives dedicated a new historic marker at the New Castle County Workhouse last week honoring the women who worked at the Workhouse as armed guards during World War II.


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