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Daley, Anne.

Anne Daley autograph album


Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 093, Item 013

Creator: Daley, Anne.

Title: Anne Daley autograph album

Inclusive Dates: 1956

Extent: 1 v. ; 12 x 14 cm.

Abstract: Anne Daley attended Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware, in the 1950s. She kept this autograph album with signatures and inscriptions from her friends during her freshman year, 1956.

Language: Materials entirely in English.


MSS 093, Item 013, Anne Daley autograph album, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Shelved in SPEC MSS 093


Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library / Newark, Delaware 19717-5267 / Phone: 302-831-2229 / Fax: 302-831-6003 / URL:


Gift of Jaime Margalotti, 2009.


Processed and encoded by Natalie Baur, October 2009.

The collection is open for research.

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Biographical and Historical Note

Anne Daley

Wilmington, Delaware, resident Anne Daley was a high school student at Ursuline Academy during the 1950s. In 1956, she was a freshman in Class A at the school.

Ursuline Academy

Ursuline Academy was established in Wilmington, Delaware in 1893 by the Ursuline Sisters, a catholic religious order. The school continues today with co-education until third grade and a girls school from fourth grade to twelfth grade.

The Ursulines originally came to Wilmington, Delaware from Bedford Park in New York City to take over a boarding school for girls on Delaware Avenue previously run by the Visitation Nuns. The early days of the school were difficult and enrollment numbers were low. From 1919 to 1949, the school saw new growth and expansion to an adjacent property on Delaware Avenue. Enrollment again dropped during the Great Depression in the 1930s, but in spite of financial difficulty the school opened a small high school library in 1932. The financial situations improved with the end of the Depression and the school continued to expand during the 1950s and 1960s. The boarding school was closed in 1953. Lay principals were first appointed in 1975, and a separate middle school division was created in 1991 for seventh and eighth grade.


Ursuline Academy: 1893-1993. Edited by Martha R. Mitchell. Wilmington, Delaware: The Academy, 1993.

"Ursuline Academy School History." Accessed September 29, 2009.

Scope and Content Note

This item is an autograph book belonging to Anne Daley, a student at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington, Delaware during the 1950s. The autograph book dates from 1956 and contains autographs and inscriptions by classmates at Ursuline.

The variety of inscriptions might be useful to research involving teenagers’ usage of slang words and phrases during the 1950s. It also gives a glimpse into the social life and connections of a catholic high school student.

Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Daley, Anne.
Topical Terms
English language--Slang--History--20th century.
Catholic high school students--Delaware--History--20th century--Sources.
Catholic high schools--Delaware--History--20th century--Sources.
Geographic Names
Wilmington (Del.)
Form/Genre Terms
Autograph albums.
Corporate Contributors
Ursuline academy (Wilmington, Del.)

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 093 Commonplaces, Albums, and Scrapbooks collection.

Detailed Contents List

Autograph album, 1956   [Item 13]