Delaware History, published semiannually since 1946, is the only scholarly journal devoted to the history of Delaware. It published articles on all aspects of Delaware history (excluding genealogy) written by scholars, college and graduate students, and avocational historians. While the topic must be Delaware, authors from anywhere in the world are welcome. A subscription to Delaware History is a benefit of membership in the Delaware Historical Society.

Delaware History publishes professionally researched, interestingly written articles that expand and illuminate the understanding of Delaware history.  Research should be firmly based on primary sources and current historical scholarship.

Requirements for submitting manuscripts:

- Electronic submission to the managing editor is preferred. Submit to

- Manuscripts may be mailed to Managing Editor, Delaware History, Delaware Historical Society, 505 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801.  Please include a disk or flash drive with the hard copy

- Articles should be typed double-spaced

- Articles should be no more than 25-35 pages, including notes.  However, some topics may justify shorter or longer treatments

- Put notes at the end, beginning on a separate page

- Use Chicago Manual of Style for footnote forms and other questions about form and usage

Manuscripts are reviewed by the journal’s editors and anonymous outside scholars. Acceptance of a manuscript is based on those reviews.

Delaware History is highly illustrated using images from the Society’s collections and other sources. Authors are responsible for providing high-quality prints or publication-quality scans of images from other collections, for obtaining all necessary permissions, and for any associated costs.

Authors do not receive payment for articles. They receive 5 copies of the issue in which their article appears and may purchase additional copies at a discount. Offprints may also be purchased.

Editors welcome inquiries from authors and are willing to evaluate works-in-progress intended for Delaware History.

For inquiries or submissions please contact Leigh Rifenburg, Chief Curator at

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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.