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Delaware Public Archives

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Address: 121 Duke of York Street, Dover, DE 19901
Phone Number: 302-744-5000
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8:00 am - 4:15 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:15 pm

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Wonderful staff!

I stopped in to check out some historic maps and was promptly greeted and made very welcome. The staff listened carefully to my needs and were able to point me directly to what I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
DelMarVaJohn
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Dover, Delaware
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Dover, Delaware
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70 reviews 70 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I stopped in to check out some historic maps and was promptly greeted and made very welcome. The staff listened carefully to my needs and were able to point me directly to what I was looking for. The big surprise was the exhibit space and welcome to Dover information. This is the place to stop first for any history buff... More 

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Elkton Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I use the archives as a research resource with some regularity, but their public displays are worth a visit, always curated in an interesting way.

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delaware
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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Went here and learned a ton in a short period of time about the underground railroad. It was seriously interesting. I did not realize Delaware's roll in it or that heroes of slavery were right here in our state.

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Georgetown, Delaware
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Nice place to visit, if you can find parking. Not the Archives fault, blame the city. But the Archives does host the Dover Genealogy group, so its not too bad. Worth a visit if you are doing research, the building itself isnt too historical.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

If you are looking to learn more about the state's history or that of your own family, the Delaware Public Archives has a wealth of resources to aid in your studies. The staff is very helpful and the materials are well organized, making it easy to gather information on a variety of subjects.

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Philadelphia PA
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93 reviews 93 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

If you're not from Delaware (I'm not), why would you want to visit the state archives? I did because I was with a tour group -- I doubt I'd have ventured here on my on. But I'm glad I did. Our guide was friendly, appropriately humorous, and exceedingly knowledgeable. The impressive reading room where the tour began was adored with... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Very helpful eager staff but getting in is kind of a hassle( no phones, pens, or anything else allowed). They have lockers to put all your stuff in. They have lots of information on just about anything in the state, although I do worry about the old newspapers being in folders.

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Dover, Delaware
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I went to the archives to find out more about the history of education in our school District which is in the city of Dover. Everyone at the archives was extremely helpful and even made some copies for me as needed. They seemed to enjoy the journey of discovery as much as I did. They pointed me to some collections... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

I learned so much about Delaware and its significance from the exhibits here. It is definitely worth a trip, whether you're a tourist or a local.

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Dover, Delaware
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22 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

I am a genealogist (when time allows) and love visiting cemeteries when I travel. This place is like a second home to me, I only wish they were open more often and had longer hours (like they used to), but I understand cutbacks are cutbacks. The staff are wonderful, very helpful and very knowledgeble.

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