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The exhibition program at the University of Delaware Library includes major exhibitions in the Special Collections gallery, smaller exhibits in the Information Area on the first floor of Morris Library, and displays of recent publications by University faculty and staff.

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This collection of correspondence consists of thirty-nine letters written primarily between 1860 and 1863. The majority of the letters were written by Edward A. Fulton to his mother, Mary Fulton, of Wilmington, Delaware.

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The collection consist of 10 photographs, most of them taken during the execution of four of the men who were involved in the plot to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. Alexander Gardner worked for the well-known photographer, Matthew Brady, and is known for his photographs of President Abraham Lincoln, the American Civil War, and and the execution of Lincoln's conspirators. Gardner was the only photographer allowed to photograph the execution of these four conspirators on July 7, 1865.

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Letters from Delaware resident David N. Lilley to his sister Annie, written during his period of service in the Union Army during the Civil War.

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The American Civil War Digital Collections: Pierce Family Papers were written between 1833 and 1954. Most of the forty-eight items provide an excellent portrait of military life for two brothers, George and Enos Pierce. The core of the collection is a group of letters written by George and Enos to their parents and siblings. Beginning in February 1862, following their arrival at Fernandina, Florida, as part of the 97th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, the two brothers corresponded until their deaths in 1864.

Over the years the letters described the movements of their companies, detailed their daily lives as Union troops, recounted battles in which they engaged, depicted their surroundings, and recorded their feelings about the war and home. Enclosed in the letters are Enos's drawings of the defenses for Fort Wagner and a Presbyterian Church near Port Royal, South Carolina, as well as the words to a song titled "Song of George Riley."

These letters were the basis of a University of Delaware senior thesis titled The Pierce Letters: a history of the 97th Pennsylvania Volunteers, which was written in 1954 by Patrick Winston Morris. This thesis used the Pierce letters and various military records to trace the movements and activities of the 97th Pennsylvania Volunteers, as well as detail the history of the regiment. Because the information gathered from the military records adds significantly to information found in the letters, this thesis is an excellent resource for details concerning the regiment and the Pierce brothers.

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Letters written by Union soldier Thomas M. Reynolds to his fiancee Louisa J. Seward commenting on his relationship with Seward and his opinions about the Civil War.

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This is an American Civil War diary belonging to Reverend Samuel Tupper, describing his volunteer work with the U. S. Christian Commission in diary entries created between May 24 and June 30, 1865, near Alexandria, Virginia.

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D.G. Beers Atlas of the State of Delaware, printed in 1868, provides a unique view of most of the towns in Delaware at the time of the Civil War. The maps are notable for displaying not only roads and geographic landmarks long since vanished but also identifying buildings and property owners at the time the maps were produced.

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The George Handy Bates Samoan Papers: Photographs digital collection includes over one hundred forty albumen print photographs of the people and scenic views of Fiji, Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa, Tahiti, and Tonga. The photographs make up Series III of the George Handy Bates Samoan Papers in the Special Collections Department of the University of Delaware Library.

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The Blue and Gold Yearbooks collection gathers together the yearbooks of the Women's College of Delaware. Founded in 1914, the Women's College and its coordinate men's institution, Delaware College, together became the University of Delaware in 1921. With the establishment of co-education at the University in 1945, the Women's College ceased to exist.

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This collection contains yearbooks published by students of Delaware College and later the University of Delaware. First published in 1898 under the title "The Aurora," the early yearbooks appeared sporadically due to financial difficulties. The "Blue Hen" title was adopted in 1911 and used thereafter. From 1911 until 1948, the yearbook was published biennially although it ceased publication all together for a brief period during World War II. Until the adoption of co-education in 1945, the yearbooks represented only the all-male Delaware College. The 1916 yearbook, however, contains a section devoted to the Women's College of Delaware, which began operation in 1914. "The Blue and Gold," the yearbook of the Women's College of Delaware, returned the favor in 1945 by including a section on the men's college, which had only eighteen students in the 1945 graduating class as a result of the World War II. The 1946 yearbook is the first to include both men and women. In 1948, the "Blue Hen" began annual publication, which continued until publication ceased in 1999.

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This one-volume scrapbook contains photographs, news clippings, and information that Agnes P. Medill kept during 1918-1922, when she was employed by the Delaware College Extension Service to organize Boys' and Girls' Liberty Clubs in the Delaware public schools. During the 1918 school year, Agnes Medill organized at least fifteen clubs throughout Delaware schools.

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The William Augustus Brewer Bookplate Collection comprises 12,680 printed bookplates dating mainly from the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The collection includes bookplates from the libraries of John Carter Brown, Lewis Carroll, Samuel L. Clemens, Calvin Coolidge, Charles Dickens, Walt Disney, Edward Gibbon, Alexander Hamilton, Harry Houdini, Samuel Pepys, Howard Pyle, Paul Revere, Eleanor Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Alfred Stieglitz and William Butler Yeats, as well as many others. The designers of the bookplates include Thomas Bewick, Edward Burne-Jones, Kate Greenaway, William Hogarth, Howard Pyle, Rudolf Ruzicka, and James A. M. Whistler.

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This collection consists of digital audio interviews with twelve former employees of the Chrysler Assembly Plant in Newark, Delaware. These interviews were conducted by University of Delaware students in HIST 667: Oral History, taught by Professor Roger Horowitz, in the Spring semester of 2011.

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Scanned copies of Delaware Notes, No. 1 (June 1923) - No. 34 (1961). Annual publication of a series of studies contributed by the faculty of the University of Delaware. The series ended in 1961.

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The University of Delaware Library Postcard Collection comprises over two thousand postcards of Delaware and nearby areas. The postcards in the collection date mainly from the very end of the nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth, although there are also postcards from throughout the later part of the twentieth century. Most of the cards in the collection were commercially produced and represent well-known Delaware buildings, monuments, and views, such as the State Capitol in Dover, Wilmington's downtown buildings and historic structures, and Rehoboth's beaches and boardwalks. A number of the cards, though, document small town life in Delaware, including street scenes and domestic buildings. In addition to documenting the built landscape of Delaware as it existed during the last hundred years, some of these images may not exist in any other format.

Along with buildings, the collection also represents aspects of social life in Delaware during the past century. Some of the cards were produced privately and are in fact photographs that have been printed onto postcard paper. These were created by individuals for the consumption of their own small circle of family and friends and were not mass-produced or sold in retail stores. These postcards document many aspects of society including firemen at work, literary societies, and sports teams.

Although most of the cards depict sights in Delaware, the collection also contains images of places outside the State, most notably Longwood Gardens in nearby Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Other cards are simply related to Delaware. These include Delaware buildings built for fairs and expositions, ships that were based in Delaware, and the battleship, the U.S.S. Delaware. Other postcards represent Delaware soldiers during the Mexican Campaign of 1916.

Postcards are not only visual records. Many of the postcards were in fact mailed and so contain written messages, stamps, and postmarks. The backs of the cards were also printed with information about the publisher, captions describing the image, and ornament. The printed text, along with the stamp and postmark, can help to date and place the manufacture and use of the cards. Alternatively, the captions and written messages contain a wealth of information that can be used to learn about the postcard's image or to illuminate the attitudes and interests of the past.

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A new compilation of bibliographies created by many individuals and organizations. The information presented includes two previously published bibliographies (Bibliography of Delaware through 1960 and Bibliography of Delaware, 1960-1974), annual bibliographies created and published by the Delaware Historical Society (formerly known as the Historical Society of Delaware), and additional entries created by Robert Fleck, proprietor of Oak Knoll Books. The project was intitiated by Robert Fleck, who created a personal and professional database of materials included. Mr. Fleck determined that the public would benefit from increased access to this substantial database and contacted the University of Delaware Library to host this online version.

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This digital collection, drawn from the Historic Map Collection in the Special Collections Department of the University of Delaware Library, includes several hundred sheet maps representing Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.; and 4 atlases of the state of Delaware. The digitized maps are from the 17th through 20th centuries, and include transportation, regional, municipal, manuscript, and historical maps; and nautical charts of Delaware Bay.

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A 15 part series on the history and government of Delaware originally broadcast by WHYY TV, Wilmington, Delaware.

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The Incorporated Towns of Delaware atlases were produced by the Delaware State Highway Department, later the Department of Transportation. The three volumes were produced in 1959, 1968 and 1989 and depict the road systems throughout the state and its towns and cities. Some maps included other physical features such as parks or buildings.

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The Incorporated Towns of Delaware atlases were produced by the Delaware State Highway Department, later the Department of Transportation. The three volumes were produced in 1959, 1968 and 1989 and depict the road systems throughout the state and its towns and cities. Some maps included other physical features such as parks or buildings.

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The Incorporated Towns of Delaware atlases were produced by the Delaware State Highway Department, later the Department of Transportation. The three volumes were produced in 1959, 1968 and 1989 and depict the road systems throughout the state and its towns and cities. Some maps included other physical features such as parks or buildings.

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The Iron Hill Museum oral history collection consists of 37 interviews (recorded on 58 audio-cassettes) documenting the history of the Iron Hill School #112C, which was one of the African American schools built in Delaware with funds provided by Pierre S. du Pont. Additional interviews in this collection document life in the Iron Hill community and nearby Pleasant Valley, as well as education provided in a few other Delaware schools in Hockessin, Milton, and Claymont.

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The Gertrude Käsebier papers consist of a small amount of handwritten and typed reminiscences, typed transcripts of the original handwritten material, and newspaper clippings collected by immediate family members to document the personal experiences of the noted American pictorial photographer. The papers are not dated, but most appear to have been created after Käsebier's death in 1934.

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The maritime journals and ships' logs found in the Diaries, Journal, Ships' Logs Collection in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library include log books and journals written by passengers and crew members from sixteen American and three British ships. The original manuscript journals and logs are housed in Special Collections with digitized versions available on the Library's institutional repository.

Image of the USS Enterprise (1877-1909), Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 54397

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Diplomatic and professional papers of George S. Messersmith (1883-1960). Consists of correspondence, memoranda, and official dispatches written during Messersmith's tenure with the U.S. Department of State, as well as during his subsequent business career. The extensive typescript of an unpublished memoir is also present. The papers include extensive discussions of political and economic matters regarding Europe during the 1930s and Latin America in the 1940s and 1950s.

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The Post is the weekly newspaper serving Greater Newark. It has emerged as the leading source of news and information for western New Castle County through the website http://www.newarkpostonline.com/ and its print edition that is distributed to 12,000 households. It is published on Fridays. Its news and advertising office is located in Suite 109 in the Pomeroy Station complex at 218 East Main Street.

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The Review is the independent student newspaper of the University of Delaware. Since 1882, it has served as a voice for UD students and strived to provide timely, accurate and insightful information about the university and the surrounding community.

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This collection comprises 23 color lithographs printed by Rosenthal's Lith. of Philadelphia between 1861 and 1865.The views are a part of a large number of Civil War battle and camp scenes published by the company. Over one hundred and fifty views of specific battles and encampments were made from pencil drawings and hand-colored after printing. Although not signed, the images are credited to Max Rosenthal, who had a pass that gave him access to every camp of the Army of the Potomac.

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The Willard Stewart WPA and HABS Photographs of Delaware Collection contains 245 photographs of landscapes and buildings in Delaware taken by the prominent Wilmington, Delaware photographer, Willard S. Stewart (1915-2003). Most of the photographs are undated. The two that are have dates of 1936 and 1938, which suggests that the rest of the photographs also date to around these years, as does the fact that some of the images appear in WPA publications that came out also in 1936 and 1938.

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The collection contains musical manuscripts from the personal music library of early twentieth century Spanish pianist Ricardo Viñes.

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Dale E. Wolf served as lieutenant governor of Delaware (1989-1992) and briefly as governor (December 31, 1992-January 19, 1993). The Dale E. and Clarice Wolf papers and memorabilia document Wolf’s military service in World War II, his early agricultural research and DuPont Company career, his political career and public service, as well as the community service of his wife, Clarice Wolf.

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