Sunday, February 21, 2010

52 Weeks of Online American Digital Archives and Databases: Delaware

This is the eighth post in a weekly series of Online American Digital Archives and Databases found for free at state, county, municipal, college and university history, library, and archive websites, as well as public and private library and museum sites, and historical and genealogical society sites.


Delaware Public Archives Digital Archives - http://archives.delaware.gov/exhibits/exhibits-toc.shtml - construction drawings, currency notes, original legislation, Seventeenth Century papers, Civil War records, petitions for Naturalization, historic audio clips of interviews and radio broadcasts concerning service in WWII, desegregation, recycling, and baseball, historical maps of Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic region, ranging from 1688 to the 20th Century

Delaware Public Archives Historical Markers Program - http://archives.delaware.gov/markers/markers-search.shtml

Delaware Public Archives Probates Records Database - http://archives.delaware.gov/collections/probate.shtml - "These indexes are the primary finding aid to our holdings of manuscript probate records for all three counties from c. 1680 to c. 1925. These are not indexes to all the names appearing in the records, but only the names of the deceased for whom the files were created. Contained in each index are the individual's name, and a date or dates. The dates correspond to the date of the documents within that individual's file and may refer to a date of the will or to a date for probate to begin."

Delaware Historical Society - http://www.hsd.org/library.htm - while there is no data per se on this website, there are many indexes of the collections they do have, as well as images from the photograph collection

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University of Delaware Library Digital Collections - http://fletcher.lib.udel.edu/ - Civil War letters and diaries, handwritten Lincoln documents, photographs, family papers, Civil War lithographic prints, postcards, digital bibliography , historic maps and charts

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Barratt's Chapel and Museum - http://www.barrattschapel.org/ - houses a research library emphasizing Methodist history and the archives of the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference; the website has indexes of the collection, history and biography, and some photographs of the museum exhibits

Diocese of Wilmington Catholic Cemeteries Burial Database - http://www.cdow.org/csdatabase.html


Hagley Museum and Library Digital Archives - http://digital.hagley.org/ - "provides online access to a growing selection of items from the library's collections of images, documents, and publications related to the history of business, technology, and society." Collections contain the following: American Iron and Steel Institute / Keller Collection; Dallin Aerial Survey Company, 1924-1941; DuPont Automobiles, 1903-1912; General Image Collection; Hagley Research Reports; Lammot du Pont, Jr. Aeronautical Collection, 1783-1950; Litchfield Collection on the History of Fatty Materials; Lukens Steel Company, 1810-1973; Matheson Automobile Company, 1903-1912; Miss America Programs, 1945-1967; Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, 1917-1983; P.S. du Pont/Longwood, 1840-1954; Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company, circa 1930; Gentieu Collection of Brandywine Valley Images, 1880-1920; Postcards of Motels and Roadside Attractions, 1930-1960; Postcards of Railroad Stations, 1903-1972; Pusey & Jones Corporation, 1865-1955; Trade Catalogs and Pamphlets; Warren-Ehret Company Collection, circa 1900; Wawa, Inc., 1870-2006; and William G. McGowan / MCI Digital Collection

Winterthur Digital Collections - http://content.winterthur.org/ - "Winterthur Library is a recognized center for advanced study and is dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of America's artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual history from colonial times into the twentieth century." The digital collections include cigar labels, bookplates, quilts, Shaker photographs and postcards, sketchbooks, mathematical playing cards, French candy wrappers, period rooms, autochromes of Winterthur Gardens, furniture designs and more. Great social history resource!

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