Frequently Asked Questions
Based in downtown Wilmington, the Delaware Historical Society was founded in 1864 and today consists of the Delaware History Museum, Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, Research Library, and the Read House & Gardens, as well as several historic buildings. To learn more about who we are, what we do, and how we came to be, see About Us!
The main campus of the Delaware Historical Society is located on Market Street in Wilmington, Delaware, but we are more than just our main office! The Delaware History Museum, Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, and Old Town Hall are located at 504 N. Market Street. The Research Library and Willingtown Square, comprised of four eighteenth-century historic buildings, are located at 505 N. Market Street. The Read House & Gardens is located at 42 the Strand in Historic New Castle, about 10 minutes away from Wilmington. Visit Our Historic Properties for a virtual stroll around our campuses.
The Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage is the state’s only place dedicated to Delaware’s African American history. Founded in 2016, the Center’s mission is to collect, preserve, research, and present for public enrichment the history and heritage of Delaware’s African Americans and is located within the same building as the Delaware Historical Society administrative offices and the Delaware History Museum. The Mitchell Center offers programs, exhibitions, and special events throughout the year. Please check the Mitchell Center blog for updates.
No, we do not sell nor are we affiliated with the company that does sell historic Delaware license plate reproductions. For information on how to purchase a historic Delaware License plate, please see the Delaware Historic Plate Company at dhptags.com or call (302) 369-8247.
No, the Delaware Historical Society’s research library is a separate entity from the Wilmington Public Library, located at 10 E 10th St, Wilmington, Delaware. Visit Wilmington.lib.de.us for more information.
We welcome all researchers to our Research Library at 505 N. Market Street, but we also understand that not everyone can visit in person. For a fee, our library staff will do preliminary research on your project using our archives, but please be aware our research service cannot exceed one (1) hour of investigation and that successful results are not guaranteed.
No, but more resources are added all the time. We have extensive, searchable online catalogs and a digital asset management system (DAMS).
- The Library Catalog includes books, rare books, serials, newspapers, pamphlets, and maps
- The Archives Catalog includes manuscripts, personal, organizational, and business records, photographs, and other images
- The Object Catalog includes a wide range of artifacts relating to Delaware history
- Digital Collections includes digitized images and documents
Usually, yes. If an image, document, or artifact can be safely scanned or photographed, we are happy to provide digital images with at least two weeks’ notice for a nominal fee. Please note that usage fees are in addition to reproduction fees and vary according to intended use. Please see Research Services for more information. For permission to publish and other questions regarding digital reproduction and use, please contact email@example.com.