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Manuscript and Archival Collections: What's New

This page provides links to all new collection descriptions to highlight new or updated access to primary sources at the University of Delaware Library.

Manuscript and Archival collections at the University of Delaware Library are managed in collection call number series as listed in the headers below. New finding aids for collections in each series are listed below.

An alphabetical list (for all collections, by title) is also available. Please contact Special Collections for assistance of any kind.





0093 Commonplaces, Albums, Scrapbooks

Items housed in this collection are albums, blank books, or scrapbooks in format, ranging in size from small handbooks to oversize folios. These volumes include commonplaces, copy books, friendship albums, autograph albums, scrap albums, scrapbooks, albums with sample trade cards, and other such blank books filled with collected items or text. Additional titles are available, so please ask for assistance.



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0095 Miscellaneous Scientific & Humanities Manuscripts

Items housed in this collection include some of the oldest manuscripts in the University of Delaware Library, from a Babylonian cone or an Ottoman prayer book to early alchemical manuscripts acquired with the Unidel History of Chemistry Collection in 1968. Please ask for assistance in the Special Collections department.


  1. Please ask for MSS 095 + Item###

  2. Item 0031 Book of hours : Use of Noyon

  3. Last modified: 04/10/14

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0096 Account Books and Ledgers

Account books, ledgers, journals, and other record-keeping volumes of individuals, businesses, and organizations are housed in this collection. Many of these items are oversize. Additional titles are available, so please ask for assistance.


  1. Please ask for MSS 096 + Item###

  2. Item 0001 Account book for a Wilmington, Delaware, dry goods store
  3. Item 0147 Herdman, John David, Jr., Day Book

  4. Last modified: 04/10/14

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0097 Diaries, Journals, and Ships' Logs

The diaries, journals, and ships' logs housed in this collection are personal narratives and records acquired singly by the University of Delaware Library. A number of recipe books, travel narratives, memoirs, and other individually composed accounts are found in this collection. Other items of the same nature are also found in the larger archival collections of individual or family papers in the manuscript collection series beginning with MSS 100. Additional titles are available, so please ask for assistance.


  1. Please ask for MSS 097 + Item###

  2. Item 0001 Armstrong, Mary F., commonplace book
  3. Item 0006 Boss, Charles, Daily report of Charles Boss. Life and adventures on the frontiers.
  4. Item 0009 Champney, Richard, Journal of Travels Commencing from the Year 1798
  5. Item 0024 Durfee, P. B., My Journey to Memphis
  6. Item 0025 Edgerton, F. D., medical journal
  7. Item 0067 Smith, Edward F., travel journal
  8. Item 0095 Penny, Georgina M. Cooper, copybook and poetry scrapbook
  9. Item 0102 Recipes for Cake, pies, & pudding &c
  10. Item 0107 Fotterall, Sarah K., Manuscript recipe book
  11. Item 0110 Tupper, Samuel, Rev., diary
  12. Item 0114 Bradley commonplace book
  13. Item 0116 Voorhies, Athaliah, spiritual journal
  14. Item 0119 Billing, Louis, travel diary
  15. Item 0145 Manuscript recipe book
  16. Item 0146 German-American manuscript recipe book
  17. Item 0147 Manuscript recipes
  18. Item 0150 Manuscript recipe and clippings book
  19. Item 0151 Embrey, Lee Anna, student diaries
  20. Item 0162 Manuscript recipe and clippings book
  21. Item 0170 Martin, Joseph, Journal of a voyage from Philadelphia to Antwerp

  22. Last modified: 04/10/14

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0098 Delaware Miscellaneous Literary & Historical Manuscripts

Items housed in this collection are single manuscripts or small collections of documents related to Delaware. Additional titles are available, so please ask for assistance.


  1. Please ask for MSS 098 + F###

  2. F0190 Parker, Charles and Inge, greeting cards to Miriam Willis
  3. F0191 Grier, A. O. H., letter to Blanche J. Swayne

  4. Last modified: 04/10/14

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0099 Miscellaneous Literary & Historical Manuscripts

Items housed in this collection are single manuscripts or small collections of documents of literary or historical significance. Additional titles are available, so please ask for assistance.


  1. Please ask for MSS 099 + F###

  2. F0017 Boyle, Kay, letters to Basil Burwell
  3. F0159 Monroe, Harriet, letters to Grant Hyde Code
  4. F0307 Bukowski, Charles, "The Life of a Bum": short story typescript
  5. F0308 Bukowski, Charles, "Action": short story typescript
  6. F0479 Wieners, John, holograph poetry notebook
  7. F0517 Bell, Clive, letters to Gilbert Seldes
  8. F0920 Herlihy, James Leo, letters to Edward P. Mitchell
  9. F0921 Wiksell, Gustave Percival, miscellaneous material related to Bliss Carman, F. B. Sanborn, and R. W. Trine
  10. F0923 Jackson, Andrew, autograph signature
  11. F0925 Farrell, James T., letters to William F. Claire
  12. F0926 Bowles, Paul, letters to Irving Stettner
  13. F0928 Morgan, Charles, letter to Mademoiselle Engel
  14. F0933 Holmes, John Clellon, letter to Shirley Holmes
  15. F0934 Coffey, Brian, letter to Dee
  16. F0935 Claire, William F., collection related to James T. Farrell
  17. F0936 Sissle, Noble, and Langston Hughes, Swingtime at the Savoy : Good Time No. 1 : radio transcript
  18. F0937 Simon, Neil, Murder by Death : screenplay and shooting calls
  19. F0938 Modern Editions Press, pamphlet series one collection
  20. F0939A-B Miller, Arthur, The Misfits : dialogue continuity and cutting continuity
  21. F0940 Sherriff, R. C., and Walter Reisch, That Hamilton Woman : screenplay
  22. F0941 Barry, Philip, Foolish Notion : a Comedy : production script
  23. F0942 Carter, Frederick, letters to Tom Turner
  24. F0943 Engle, Paul, letters and enclosures to Alex Williams
  25. F0946 Shimura, Asao, correspondence with Gilbert Beale regarding Japanese papermaking
  26. F0949 Morgan, Charles, letter to Reverend R. Barrett
  27. F0950 Claire, William F., card to Timothy Murray
  28. F0956 Frym, Gloria, publicity materials and typescripts
  1. Last modified: 04/10/14

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0100 > Manuscript and Archival Collections

The bulk of manuscript and archival collections in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library are housed in the collection call number series beginning with MSS 100. Additional online finding aids and collection descriptions will be added as they become available.


  1. Please ask for MSS ###

  2. 0213 Viñes, Ricardo, music manuscripts
  3. 0293 Pierce family papers
  4. 0315 Frear, J. Allen, Jr., papers
  5. 0416 McKee, Robert B., papers
  6. 0436 Brown, Harry Fletcher, collection
  7. 0438s Salmon Publishing, Ltd. records supplement
  8. 0480 Georgetown, Delaware, businesses, archives of
  9. 0521 Lincoln Club of Delaware, Abraham Lincoln collection
  10. 0599 Kaufman, Alan, papers
  11. 0633 Delaware Theatre Company records
  12. 0634 Conard-Pyle Company records
  13. 0634s Conard-Pyle Company records supplement
  14. 0641 Wilson, Robert A., Marianne Moore collection
  15. 0656 Delany, Samuel R., collection of manuscripts and correspondence
  16. 0657 Stewart, Angus, correspondence and publishing files
  17. 0658 Gold, Joseph, literary manuscript collection
  18. 0659 Strong, L.A.G., letters to Mary Turner and Tom Turner
  19. 0660 Kaufman, Edward E. "Ted", papers
  20. 0661 Quintana, Alvina E., Delaware Afro-Latina oral histories collection
  21. 0663 Skerl, Jennie, Paul Bowles collection
  22. 0664 University of Delaware Women's Studies oral history collection
  23. 0666 Southmayd, Henry J., Jr., World War II letters to the Southmayd family
  24. 0667 Loos, Anita, A Girl Like I: typescript
  25. 0674 Mrabet, Mohammed, correspondence, reviews, and other material
  26. 0675 Friends of Rockwood records

  27. Last modified: 04/10/14

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