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:
Arleigh W. Arthur Scrapbook, ca. 1923-1946, 0.4 cf.
Family history records of the Denney and related families, ca. 1668-1993. 0.34 cf. Denney family photographs, ca. 1894-1958, 0.12 cf.
Photographs taken by Robert J. Bennett, Bridgeville professional photographer: black and white contact sheets and negatives, ca. 1951-1985, 6 cf. Color slides, ca. 1955-2004, 7 cf.
Peninsular News and Advertiser newspaper, April 24, 1857 - May 13, 1859; January 5, 1872 - December 27, 1872; January 1, 1893 - December 30, 1893, 3 volumes.
One Dollar Georgetown Farmers Bank Note, March 14, 1862.
Digital copies of Gray's New Map of Smyrna, 1877; Gray's New Map of Seaford, 1877; Gray's New Map of Milton and Georgetown, 1877; Gray's New Map of Milford, 1877; Map of New Castle, ca. 1880.
Photographs taken by Young’s Studio of Photography, Dover: black and white and color negatives with some prints, ca. 1966-2015, 1 cf.
Davis Family Papers, 1840-1999, 7.28 cf.
John Collins Collection of photographs, newspaper clippings, advertisements, and employee newsletters relating to Wilmington street cars and transit companies, 1878-1980, 0.48 cf.
Birth Certificates and Index Cards, 1942, 24 Volumes, 1.68 cf. Death Certificates and Index Cards, 1974, 21 Volumes, 1.47 cf. Marriage Certificates and Index Cards, 1974, 17 Volumes, 1.19 cf.
Sussex County Probate Records, 1971-1973, 44.1 cf.
New Castle County Probate Records, 1941, 1970, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1986, 1988, 1990-2012, 2014, 42.84 cf.
3 binders of research materials on property in the St. Georges area: Retirement Home, Hollywood Farm, Couper House, Friends Georges Creek Meeting House, and Hickory Grove Cemetery.
Digital copies of Gray's New Map of Camden, Felton, Wyoming, Leipsic, 1877.
Town of Magnolia Minutes, April 1885 - January 1949, March 1981 - December 1991, 1 cd.
White family Bible records, 1870-2013, 6 pages.
Clark family Bible records, 1823-1872, 7 pages; and 1823-1871, 7 pages.
Board of Examiners for the Registration of Nurses Minute Book, 1909-1942, 0.19 cf.
Board of Pilot Commissioners Minute Book, 1961-1992, 0.1 cf.
Physicians Certificate Register, 1928-1968, 0.1 cf.
State Medical Examining Board Examination Record Book, 1895-1949, 0.1 cf.
Board of Dental Examiners Minute Books, 1912-1962, 1963-1976, 2 vols., 0.3 cf.
The Caesar Rodney High School Student Hand Book, 1938.
Sussex County Probate Files, 1956-1970, 80.64 cf.
Laurel High School Yearbooks, 1956-2014, 46 issues.
Lt. Governor Ruth Ann Minner Photographs, 1964-1999, 3 folders. Senator and Lt. Governor Ruth Ann Minner Newspaper Clippings, 1988-2000, 6 folders. 0.24 cf.
New Castle County Probate Records, 1998-2003, 78.12 cf.
New Castle City Council Minutes, 1875-1945, 1.44 cf.