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MSS 0093 - Commonplaces, Albums, ScrapbooksItems housed in this collection are albums, blank books, or scrapbooks in format, ranging in size from small handbooks to oversize folios. MSS 0096 - Account Books and LedgersAccount books, ledgers, journals, and other record-keeping volumes of individuals, businesses, and organizations are housed in this collection. MSS 0097 - Diaries, Journals, and Ships' LogsThe diaries, journals, and ships' logs housed in this collection are personal narratives and records acquired singly by the University of Delaware Library. MSS 0113 - Alice Dunbar-Nelson papersPapers of Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1895-1942) MSS 0303 - Wilson family papersThe 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. MSS 0315 - Senator J. Allen Frear, Jr. papersPapers of U.S. Senator from Delaware J. Allen Frear, Jr. (1917-1963) MSS 0331 - Willard Saulsbury, Jr., papersThe 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. MSS 0373 - Arlo Bates and George L. Vose papersLetters, 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. MSS 0402 - Waples Family PapersThe 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. MSS 0445 - Townsend family papersThe Townsend family (of Delaware) papers consists of letters, accounts, and other business records, spanning the years 1809-1920, with the majority of the material falling between 1834 and 1894. The collection mainly consists of business letters sent to Samuel and John Townsend, political and personal letters sent to Samuel Townsend, and family correspondence, including twenty letters written by Edmund Townsend during the Civil War.
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GRA 0129 - John Yenn architectural and design drawingsVolume of architectural and furniture design drawings by English architect John Yenn created between the 1760s and 1790s MSS 0098 - Delaware Miscellaneous Literary & Historical ManuscriptsItems housed in this collection are single manuscripts or small collections of documents related to Delaware. MSS 0109 - George S. Messersmith papersDiplomatic 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. MSS 0149 - Gertrude Käsebier papersThe 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. MSS 0179 - Robert H. Richards, Jr., Delaware Oral History CollectionInterviews with 317 Delawareans conducted between 1966 and 1978 cover topics including the following: educators, immigrants, journalism, politics, and the University of Delaware, Delaware in the Depression, and the 1950s relocation of Long Island and New Jersey potato farmers to Delaware. MSS 0202 - Edwin S. Cramp papersThis collection consists of correspondence (1905-1910) to and from Edwin S. Cramp during and after his term as President of the Standard Arms Company, which operated out of Wilmington, Delaware. MSS 0213 - Ricardo Viñes collection of music manuscriptsThe collection contains musical manuscripts from the personal music library of early twentieth century Spanish pianist Ricardo Viñes. MSS 0218 - Edward A. Fulton collectionThis 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. MSS 0219 - David N. Lilley lettersLetters from Delaware resident David N. Lilley to his sister Annie, written during his period of service in the Union Army during the Civil War. MSS 0238 - Henry Clay Trumbull correspondenceHenry Clay Trumbull (1830-1903) was a noted author, editor, and Sunday-school missionary. The collection contains 120 letters written by various members of Henry Clay Trumbull's family. The majority of the letters are between Trumbull and his parents and siblings.
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