Henry Szymanski Collection
This collection holds images taken between 1938 and 1941 by a young photographer, Henry Szymanski, Sr. (1921-1985). The collection includes over includes over 300 photographs, largely taken of the African American community of Wilmington, Delaware. Szymanski captured everyday scenes during the waning years of the Depression and photographed many small businesses and their owners, local restaurants and night spots, churches, festivals, and parades.
Szymanski was a teenager during these years and probably made some extra money selling his photographs of the local businesses to their owners. He left Wilmington in 1941 to enter the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war he continued to practice photography, making some money from it professionally, although he never worked full time as a photographer.
An American Family in World War II: The Minker Family Letters
This collection presents approximately 650 letters that the five members of the Minker family of Wilmington exchanged while Ralph L. Minker, Jr., served as a B-17 pilot during World War II. It also includes Minker’s detailed scrapbook of his war experiences. It is one of the largest known family collections to have survived the war.
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