University of Delaware Library
Bookmark and Share
UD Special Collections > Exhibitions > Little Known Histories of Newark, 1758-2008

Histories of Newark

The few published books on Newark-of varying depth and perspective-are all found in the printed holdings of the Delaware Collection in Special Collections. Egbert Handy and James Vallandigham published a small history of the town in 1882, highlighting local businesses and civic leaders. Francis Cooch, a native Newarker descended from pre-Revolutionary settlers, wrote a warmly personal Little Known History of Newark and Its Environs, which was published in the Great Depression at Everett Johnson's Press of Kells. Highly anecdotal, this 1936 book was the most substantial history of Newark until the 2007 publication of Histories of Newark, 1758-2008.

Notable among all the published works on Newark are two of the newer ones that emphasize history as a community experience. In 2005, students from UD's Center for Material Culture Studies documented the traditionally African American neighborhood of New London Road and Cleveland Avenue in People Were Close.

The latest, Histories of Newark, 1758-2008, was commissioned by Mayor Vance Funk's and supported by the Delaware Heritage Commission to celebrate the city's 250th anniversary. All volunteer citizens contributed to the community project, writing more than 75 stories and contributing hundreds of images, including many from Special Collections. Newark-based Wallflowers Press designed and published the book in a limited edition of 1,000 copies, with twelve deluxe copies.

But little known facts about Newark are also found in miscellaneous publications from local businesses and organizations, especially the Know Your Newark and This is Greater Newark booklets produced by the League of Women Voters of Newark.

Equally varied in depth-but unsurpassed in strength-are the Library's manuscripts and archival collections that this exhibit uses to illustrate so many little-known and little, known histories of Newark.

These histories come to light through the generosity of numerous donors who have given maps, photographs, personal papers, family treasures, business records, and the archives of clubs and organizations to the Library. These sources are highlighted throughout this exhibition, which celebrates the 250th anniversary of Newark's first charter. Additional information about primary sources for research are available in a subject guide to selected sources related to Newark.

The Library gratefully acknowledges the many gifts that help us illustrate the town's history.

Newark, Delaware: past and present / by Egbert G. Handy and James L. Vallandigham, Jr. Newark, Del. : Delaware Ledger print., 1882.

Little known history of Newark, Delaware and its environs / by Francis A. Cooch ; with an introduction by George H. Ryden. Newark, Del. : The Press of Kells, 1936.

Fortieth anniversary of Newark Trust Company : dedicated to our community of Newark, Delaware. [Newark, Del. : The Company, 1945].

This is greater Newark, Delaware. Newark, Del. : League of Women Voters of Newark, [1975].

Historic Newark, Delaware : a guide to the Vernon Good montage of Newark / James B. Owen ; [prepared with the assistance of the city of Newark Planning Department]. Newark, Del. : Newark Historical Society , 1983.

People were close / Center for Material Culture Studies and Raven Press at the University of Delaware. Newark, Del. : The Center for Material Culture Studies University of Delaware, c2005.

Newark / Theresa Hessey. Charleston, SC : Arcadia Publishing, c2007.

Histories of Newark, 1758-2008 : seventy-five stories about Newark, Delaware, and its citizens / project director, Paul Bauernschmidt ; editor-in-chief, Deborah Haskell ; editing, L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, Shaun D. Mullen ; design and citizen photography, Ray Nichols & Jill Cypher, Wallflower Press. Newark, Del. : Wallflowers Press, c2007.

This page is maintained by Special Collections.

  • UD Library Special Collections  •   181 South College Avenue  •   Newark, DE 19717-5267  •   USA
    Phone: USA +1 302-831-2229  •   ©2014