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Delaware Public Archives

The Delaware General Assembly has mandated that the Delaware Public Archives be the permanent repository for government records of all government entities – the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches; county and municipal governments; and schools and other special districts.  We are entrusted to identify, collect, and preserve public records of enduring historical and evidential value; ensure access to public records for present/future generations; promote the availability and use of public records as a unique and invaluable source of information; and advise and educate in the creation, management, use and preservation of public records.  Among its government records and collections (private, corporate, religious records and newspapers) are original source materials invaluable to the understanding of the Underground Railroad.  Legal documents, court records, legislative papers, probate records, deed records, census records, tax assessments, pauper books, map collections, slaves papers, church records and newspapers stored here are essential original source materials in documenting slavery in Delaware and social conditions that existed in that period of history.  The Archives is a public research facility with educational and outreach programs and a substantial presence as a research resource on the world wide web.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 121 Duke of York St, Dover, 19901

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Russell McCabe

Location Type: Facility