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Resources for History of the University of Delaware

Many resources for the history of the University of Delaware, its predecessor institutions, and the people involved in its historical development are published. A brief guide to these materials is presented here. This list is not comprehensive, and suggestions for additional resources should be sent to University Archives and Records Management at

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Photograph of the laying of the cornerstone ceremony for Evans Hall. 1928.

Photograph of the laying of the cornerstone ceremony for Evans Hall. 1928.

  • Conner, W. “The First Hundred Years.” University of Delaware Alumni News, vol.4, 1934, pp 5-8.
  • Hoffecker, Carol. Beneath Thy Guiding Hand: A History of Women at the University of Delaware. University of Delaware Press, 1994.
  • Lewis, William D. “University of Delaware: Ancestors, Friends, and Neighbors.” Delaware Notes, vol. 34, 1961, pp. 1-242.
  • Munroe, John. The University of Delaware: A History. University of Delaware Press, 1986.
  • Powell, L. The History of Education in Delaware. Contributions to the American Educational History Series. Bureau of Education Circular of Information #3. Government Printing Office, 1893.
  • Vallandigham, E. Fifty Years of Delaware College, 1870-1920. Press of Kells, 1920.
  • Ward, C. The University of Delaware: A Historical Sketch. University of Delaware, 1934.


  • Cramton, W. and N. Moore. “A Forerunner to Delaware College and Its Popular Rejection.” Delaware History, vol. 12, 1966, pp. 121-146.
  • Garrett, Jane. “The Delaware College Lotteries, 1818-1845.” Delaware History, vol. 7, 1957, pp. 299-318.
  • McAnear, B. “The Charter of the Academy of Newark.” Delaware History, vol. 4, 1950, pp. 149-156.
  • Morgan, George. “The Colonial Origin of Newark Academy.” Delaware Notes, vol. 8, 1934, pp. 7-30.


  • Chance, Elbert. “Matthew Wilson – Professor, Preacher, Patriot, Physician.” Delaware History, vol. 10, 1963, pp. 271-284.
  • Edmondson, F. “Daniel Kirkwood – ‘Dean of American Astronomers’.” Mercury, Journal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, vol. 29, 2000, pp. 26-33.
  • Hoffecker, Carol. Familiar Relations: The du Ponts and the University of Delaware. University of Delaware Press, 2000.
  • Horowitz, Roger. “’Be Loyal to Your Industry’: J. Frank Gordy, Jr., the Cooperative Extension Service, and the Making of a Business Community in the Delmarva Poultry Industry, 1945-1970.” Delaware History, vol. 27, 1996-1997, pp. 3-18.
  • Moyne, E. “August Fredrik Soldan: A Finnish Scholar at Delaware College in 1849-1850.” Delaware Notes, vol. 23, 1950, pp. 83-89.
  • Munroe, John. “Albert Newton Raub and the Administration of Delaware College, 1888-1896.” Delaware Notes, vol. 21, 1948, pp. 1-18.
  • Munroe, John. “From the Past – Presidential Profiles.” University of Delaware Messenger, vol. 6, 1997, pp. 16-19.
  • Munroe, John. Memoirs of a Delaware Historian. Plover Press, 2017.
  • Pears, T. “Francis Alison, Colonial Educator.” Delaware Notes, vol. 17, 1944, pp. 9-22.
  • Perkins, John A. and R. Bailey. Harry Fletcher Brown: An Essay in Appreciation. University of Delaware, 1960.
  • Quick, R. “Murder at Delaware College: The Death of John Edward Roach, March 30, 1858.” Delaware Notes, vol. 31, 1958, pp. 1-31.
  • Raymond, Harold R. and Al Cartwright. Tubby: The Story of Coach Raymond and Championship Football at Delaware. Serendipity Press, 1980.
  • Ryden, G. “The Founding of the University of Delaware and Its First President, Dr. E. W. Gilbert.” Delaware Notes, vol. 8, 1934, 31-39.
  • Taggart, R. “Everett C. Johnson (1879-1926): Political Visionary and Eternal Optimist.” Delaware History, vol. 25, 1993-1994, pp. 215-236.
  • Wood, D. H. Rodney Sharp, Sr.: An Appreciation. University of Delaware, 1980.

Departments, units, and programs

  • Able, A. III and William D. Lewis. “The Library Story (1833-1953).” Delaware Notes, vol. 26, 1953, pp. 77-91.
  • Blaszczyk, Regina L. University of Delaware Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 100 Years of Innovation: A Legacy of Pedagogy and Research. University of Delaware Press, 2014.
  • Chance, Elbert. One Hundred Years of Delaware Football. University of Delaware Press, 1989.
  • Craven, Wayne. “The Winterthur Program in Early American Culture: An Experiment in a Joint-Institutional, Inter-Disciplinary Curriculum.” Winterthur Portfolio, vol. 1, 1964, pp. 139-149.
  • Hoffecker, Carol and John Munroe. Books, Bricks, and Bibliophiles: The University of Delaware Library. University of Delaware, 1984.
  • Kee, Ed. Cultivating a Legacy: A History of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. University of Delaware Press, 2019.
  • Kee, Ed. The Agricultural Gem in Sussex County for the Diamond State: The Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center. University of Delaware Press, 2019.
  • Robinson, Winifred. “History of the Women’s College of the University of Delaware, 1914-38.” Delaware Notes, vol. 20, 1947, pp. 5-69.
  • Walton, Whitney. “American Girls and French Jeunes Filles: Negotiating National Identities in Interwar France.” Gender and History, vol. 17, 2005, pp. 325-353.
  • Walton, Whitney. “Internationalism and the Junior Year Abroad: American Students in France in the 1920s and 1930s.” Diplomatic History, vol. 29, 2005, pp. 255-278.

Issues and Topics

Photograph of Du Pont Hall after its first renovation was completed; taken from the Green, looking east. 1961.

Photograph of Du Pont Hall after its first renovation was completed; taken from the Green, looking east. 1961.

  • Edirisooriya, G. “A Historical Analysis of the State-University Relationship: A Case Study of the University of Delaware, USA.” History of Education, vol. 32, 2003, pp. 367-383.
  • Kane, Darren. Glory Days at the University of Delaware: The Completely Unofficial Modern History of College Life in Newark, DE, 1987-2007. iUniverse, 2007.
  • McKay, K. “The Debate over ROTC at the University of Delaware, 1920-1940.” Delaware History, vol. 23, 1989, pp. 227-246.
  • Munroe, John. Church vs. State: The Early Struggle for Control of Delaware College, The Fourth College of Arts and Science Distinguished Faculty Lecture. University of Delaware, 1982.
  • Redding, Louis. “Desegregation in Higher Education in Delaware.” Journal of Negro Education, vol. 27, 1958, pp. 253-259.
  • Reed, H. “Student Life at Delaware College, 1834-1859.” Delaware Notes, vol. 8, 1934, pp. 40-74.
  • Ryden, G. “The Suspension of Delaware College in 1859 and Early but Unsuccessful Attempts at Its Reorganization.” Delaware Notes, vol. 8, 1934, p. 75-83.
  • Woolard, Anne. “Parker v. The University of Delaware: The Desegregation of Higher Education in Delaware.” Delaware History, vol. 22, 1986, pp. 111-123.