The Society’s archives are strong in photographic material from the late 19th century to the present. The Kruse Collection of architectural drawings and the Deakyne Collection of town photographs are two rich resources of the Society.

Since our geneological holdings are very limited, and mostly pertain to the City of New Castle (not entire New Castle County records), researchers interested in New Castle family histories should begin their research with the Delaware Historical Society or the Delaware Public Archives.

The Delaware Historical Society, 505 Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware, 19801, maintains a fine research library and may better answer your inquiry. Extensive genealogical records are maintained there. The phone is 302-655-7161. Their web address is Just access Library, then Research Services at their web address.

Other records, including wills, are available at the Delaware Public Archives, Hall of Records, 121 York St., Dover, DE 19901. The phone is 302-744-5000.

If you wish to use the Society’s archives for historical research, you may visit the Society. We generally schedule Wednesdays for research inquiries; call 302-322-2794 to make an appointment before visiting to insure that an archivist is available to assist you.

For a nominal fee, Society staff may do limited research or searches for photographs. Inquiries are filled in 4-6 weeks.


Other Research Links (Some links may be commercial sites):

New Castle Community History & Archaeology Program