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  • Items housed in this collection are albums, blank books, or scrapbooks in format, ranging in size from small handbooks to oversize folios.
  • Account books, ledgers, journals, and other record-keeping volumes of individuals, businesses, and organizations are housed in this collection.
  • The diaries, journals, and ships' logs housed in this collection are personal narratives and records acquired singly by the University of Delaware Library.
  • Papers of Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1895-1942)
  • The Lewis Family Papers consist of three linear feet of material related to this Newark, Delaware, farming family, who also owned property in Little Creek Hundred in Kent County, Delaware. Material in the collection dates largely from the mid- to late-nineteenth century. Members of the family were farmers and large landholders who maintained business relations with many prominent citizens of early Newark, such as George Platt, Samuel Donnell, James T. Maxwell, and Eri Haines. The collection sheds light on domestic and business issues during the time period. It also demonstrates trends in education, politics, and land dealings.
  • The papers of the Wilson family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Newark, Delaware, consist of 1.35 linear feet of material relating to four generations of direct descendents of Edward Wilson, Esq., of Elm’s Farm, near Liverpool, England.
  • Papers of U.S. Senator from Delaware J. Allen Frear, Jr. (1917-1963)
  • The Politics series covers the years 1895 to 1925 when Saulsbury was most involved in state and national politics. The bulk of these files fall in the years 1912 to 1923 covering the period from Saulsbury's election to the U.S. Senate to the peak of his activity as an independent statesman representing the U.S.
  • Letters, photographs, and an unidentified manuscript fragment from novelist, poet, and teacher, Arlo Bates, as well as letters written by his father-in-law, George L. Vose, a former professor of Civil Engineering at Bowdoin College.
  • The well-known Waples family of Milton, Delaware, was related to another prominent southern Delaware family, the Careys. These two families were central to the economic development of Broadkill Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware. The Waples, as were the Careys, were successful business entrepreneurs and landowners. The Waples family papers contain correspondence, wills, deeds and surveys, financial and legal documents, speeches, wills, manumissions, a broadside, a newspaper clipping, an announcement, and invitations. The papers outline the family’s role in the economic development of Milton in Broadkill Hundred, Delaware. But the bulk of the collection, 1851-1864, focuses on Gideon B. Waples, beginning with the pre-Civil War period when he was a student at Delaware College.

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