Delaware Public Archives Not Resting on Its Legacy: It’s Firmly Planted in the Digital Age

While the official guardian of public records in the First State is one of the nation’s oldest public repositories, it isn’t resting on its legacy as a venerable institution that started at the top of the last century.  The Delaware Archives, with a well-earned reputation for providing outstanding service to researchers, is now merging history with the latest web 2.0 products to bolster outreach and engage patrons.

An old-hand at using digital age tools to make online collections available, here are three new 21st century products they’ve added.  On its “Delaware Public Archives Blog,” staff posts timely history articles, alerts readers to collection resources, shares photos, update events and much more.  Streaming over on YouTube on the Inside the Archives channel, Public Outreach Coordinator Tom Summers, expertly hosts a series of videos highlighting materials in the collection and offering research tips.   Then there’s the podcast of this Day in Delaware History, a daily reading of facts from the past.  Finally the popular social networking site, Facebook, is the often updated place for current events, the latest additions to the collection, and links to the strong digital archives.  

The Delaware Archives, the keeper of public history in the First State is an outstanding institution with a knowledgeable and helpful staff that provides superior service.  The work of these professionals makes this repository a standout amongst its peers, and it always a delight to do research there.  Now YouTube, Facebook and the Blog are helping strengthen already strong services to established users, while also reaching a generation of people who are growing up in this digital age when Google is our new mass media.

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3 Responses to Delaware Public Archives Not Resting on Its Legacy: It’s Firmly Planted in the Digital Age

  1. Nancy Valentine says:

    I like your historical website and wondered if you would consider a post on the history of home rule efforts in Cecil County. I personally think the new Charter option up for vote this fallis a good one, but the history of home rule efforts over the last 40 years or so may be interesting to your readers. If you would like some copy let me know.


  2. Mike says:


    I think that’s a good idea on this complex subject. Besides, there’s gong to be a need for some independent, in-depth reporting on this important subject since I suspect that sort of content is going to be difficult to find. Thus, that’s at least one way we can contribute to the public discussion, presenting an indepth analysis of the historical record concerning this public policy question — what were the outcomes, key issues and why were voters for and against the various forms of home rule.

    There are some lessons in those votes, the first one taking place on November 5, 1968. That year, when voters were asked to consider code home rules there was a 75% turnout and 7,010 were against, while 1,570 favored it. In the decades to come, the question in various formats would go before the voters again in 1972, 1991, 1992 and 1996.

    We see from the billboards along Route 40 and advertising in print media that the campaign is full underway as it should be since we’re only weeks away from the election and voters have a lot to consider in these times.

    We’ll start working on that shortly and make sure we get it out in a timely fashion since we already have lots of the data.

    BTW, we’ll probably move the story over to our public affairs, citizen journalism site, Someone Noticed since it’s such an improtant current question before the voters.

    thanks for the suggestion.

  3. Pingback: Those Favoring Home Rule in Cecil County, Hope 6th Time will be a Charm | Someone Noticed

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