What Is An Accession?
According to The American Archivist, July 1974, an Accession is "(1) The act and procedure involved in a transfer of legal title and the taking of records or papers into the physical custody of an archival agency, records center, or manuscript repository. In records center operations, transfer of legal title may not be involved. (2) The material involved in such a transfer of custody." The Delaware Public Archives receives new accessions regularly. The following list highlights some of the more interesting items that have arrived recently. To view a sample of the accessioned item(s), select the link where available:
Fire Prevention Commission Meeting Minutes, 1955-2013, 5.04 cf.
Millville Town Council Minutes, 1967-2010, 1.8 cf.
City of Newark Planning Department Annual Reports, 1952-1972, 1977-2011, 0.6 cf.
Civil War Soldier’s Memorial Lithograph, George F. Wilson, 1897. Sample Image #1,
Plat Map of "Northern" New Castle County, ca. 1940, showing property boundaries and owners.
Sussex County Probate Files, 1971 -1983, 119.7 cf.
1975 Death Certificates and Index Cards, 20 books, 1.63 cf.; 1975 Marriage Certificates and Index Cards, 16 books, 1.3 cf.; 1943 Birth Certificates and Index Cards, 26 books, 2.29 cf.
Loaned for copying: Burton, Stockley, and West family papers, 1697-1911. Includes estate papers, deeds, coroner inquests, accounts, agreements, slave bill of sales, apprentice indentures, and West family Bible records. Sample Image #1, Sample Image #2, Sample Image #3,
Town of Elsmere Ordinances, 1909-2009, 1.0 cf. Resolutions, 1962-2011, 0.7 cf.
Dr. James E. Marvil Collection Slides, 1943-1986, 0.3 cf.; Photographs, ca. 1942-1986, 0.19 cf.; Commander George M. Elliott Vietnam War Slides, 1968-1969, 0.08 cf Sample Image #1, Sample Image #2, Sample Image #3,
336 - 23.5" x 23.5" Sussex County Aerial Photographs, 1954.
Newark City Council Minute Books, 1866-2015, 77 volumes, 12.96 cf. Sample Image #1,
Records compiled by Hope Tyler during her time working on the political campaigns of Pierre S. du Pont, IV, and Michael Castle and as part of the Castle administration, ca. 1973-1992, 0.47 cf. Sample Image #1, Sample Image #2, Sample Image #3, Sample Image #4, Sample Image #5,
Transcription of "Dr. James Tilton of Delaware, 1745-1822: A Patriotic Doctor in our two Wars with Great Britain," by Francis Theodore Tilton.