For over 150 years, collecting, preserving, and sharing Delaware history has been at the core of the Delaware Historical Society’s mission. The Society’s collections now include about 3 million objects, books, manuscripts, and images that reflect life in Delaware from 1638 to the present. These are the essential primary sources that make it possible to tell the many stories that shape Delaware’s history.    

Most of the items in the Society’s collection have been generously donated by the public. If you have something that might be suitable for the collection, please contact us. To learn more about the Society’s collections, visit Ask Caesar, the Society's online catalog.

In honor of the Society’s Sesquicentennial  in 2014, we featured one of our treasures each month.  You can view the items as often as you like online (below) to see just a few of our curators’ favorite things! The Society also highlights a collection piece every month through Object of the Month, an ongoing look at items that are rarely seen by the public.

You can also visit us on YouTube for these and more Delaware Historical Society videos including workshops, instructional videos, brief glimpses into Delaware history and more - click here!

Dress from Mabel Brown

 


Tally sheet from Kent County election, 1759

Diamond State Baseball Club Score Book

 

Images and history of the U.S. and regimental flags of the 1st Delaware Volunteer Infantry

 

Helen Jones Album, 1920

 

Coffeepot belonging to Caesar Rodney

 

Various school yearbooks

 

Beaver Map, 1715

 

Miss Nagano, Japanese Friendship Doll, mid 1920s

 

Aletta Clowes Clarke Diary, 1789-1793

 

Biographical Sketch of the Life and Travels of John Tillman, 1896

 

 

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The Delaware Historical Society is the statewide, non-profit organization that explores, preserves, shares, and promotes Delaware history, heritage, and culture to strengthen our community.