Resources for University History
Advertisement for Delaware College, circa 1890.Advertisement for Delaware College, circa 1890.
United States President Warren G. Harding visits the Women's College of Delaware, 1921.United States President Warren G. Harding visits the Women's College of Delaware, 1921.
Former University Presidents Walter Hullihen, Samuel Chiles Mitchell, and George Abram Harter during the centenary celebration, 1934.Former University Presidents Walter Hullihen, Samuel Chiles Mitchell, and George Abram Harter during the centenary celebration, 1934.
Engineering students in a laboratory, circa 1950s.Engineering students in a laboratory, circa 1950s.
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. Where published materials are available online, links to those resources are provided. This list is not comprehensive, and suggestions for additional resources should be sent to University Archives and Records Management at ud-archives@udel.edu.

General

  • Conner, W. “The First Hundred Years.” University of Delaware Alumni News 4 (1934): 5-8.
  • Hoffecker, C. Beneath Thy Guiding Hand: A History of Women at the University of Delaware. Newark: University of Delaware, 1994.
  • Lewis, W. “University of Delaware: Ancestors, Friends, and Neighbors.” Delaware Notes 34 (1961): 1-242.
  • Munroe, J. The University of Delaware: A History. Newark: University of Delaware, 1986.
  • Powell, L. The History of Education in Delaware. Contributions to American Educational History Series. Bureau of Education Circular of Information #3. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1893.
  • Vallandigham, E. Fifty Years of Delaware College, 1870-1920. Newark: Press of Kells, [1920].
  • Ward, C. The University of Delaware: A Historical Sketch. Newark: University of Delaware, 1934.
Origins
  • Cramton, W. and N. Moore. “A Forerunner to Delaware College and Its Popular Rejection.” Delaware History 12 (1966): 121-146.
  • Garrett, J. “The Delaware College Lotteries, 1818-1845.” Delaware History 7 (1957): 299-318.
  • McAnear, B. “The Charter of the Academy of Newark.” Delaware History 4 (1950): 149-156.
  • Morgan, G. “The Colonial Origin of Newark Academy.” Delaware Notes 8 (1934): 7-30.
People
  • Chance, E. “Matthew Wilson – Professor, Preacher, Patriot, Physician.” Delaware History 10 (1963): 271-284.
  • Edmondson, F. “Daniel Kirkwood – ‘Dean of American Astronomers’.”  Mercury, Journal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 29 (2000): 26-33.
  • Hoffecker, C. Familiar Relations: The du Ponts and the University of Delaware. Newark: University of Delaware, 2000.
  • Horowitz, R. “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 27 (1996-1997): 3-18.
  • Moyne, E. “August Fredrik Soldan: A Finnish Scholar at Delaware College in 1849-1850.” Delaware Notes 23 (1950): 83-89.
  • Munroe, J. “Albert Newton Raub and the Administration of Delaware College, 1888-1896.” Delaware Notes 21 (1948): 1-18.
  • Munroe, J. “From the Past – Presidential Profiles.” University of Delaware Messenger 6 (1997): 16-19.
  • Pears, T. “Francis Alison, Colonial Educator.” Delaware Notes 17 (1944): 9-22.
  • Perkins, J. & R. Bailey. Harry Fletcher Brown: An Essay in Appreciation. Newark: University of Delaware, 1960.
  • Quick, R. “Murder at Delaware College: The Death of John Edward Roach, March 30, 1858.” Delaware Notes 31 (1958): 1-31.
  • Ryden, G. “The Founding of the University of Delaware and Its First President, Dr. E. W. Gilbert.” Delaware Notes 8 (1934): 31-39.
  • Taggart, R. “Everett C. Johnson (1879-1926): Political Visionary and Eternal Optimist.” Delaware History 25 (1993-1994): 215-236.
  • Wood, D. H. Rodney Sharp Sr.: An Appreciation. Newark: University of Delaware, 1980.
Programs and Units
  • Able, A. III and W. Lewis. “The Library Story (1833-1953).” Delaware Notes 26 (1953): 77-91.
  • Craven, W. “The Winterthur Program in Early American Culture: An Experiment in a Joint-Institutional, Inter-Disciplinary Curriculum.” Winterthur Portfolio 1 (1964): 139-149.
  • Hoffecker, C. and J. Munroe. Books, Bricks, and Bibliophiles: The University of Delaware Library. Newark: University of Delaware, 1984.
  • Robinson, W. “History of the Women’s College of the University of Delaware, 1914-38.” Delaware Notes 20 (1947): 5-69.
  • Walton, W. “American Girls and French Jeunes Filles: Negotiating National Identities in Interwar France.” Gender and History 17 (2005): 325-353.
  • Walton, W. “Internationalism and the Junior Year Abroad: American Students in France in the 1920s and 1930s.” Diplomatic History 29 (2005): 255-278.
Issues and Topics
  • Edirisooriya, G. “A Historical Analysis of the State-University Relationship: A Case Study of the University of Delaware, USA.” History of Education 32 (2003): 367-383.
  • McKay, K. “The Debate over ROTC at the University of Delaware, 1920-1940.” Delaware History 23 (1989): 227-246.
  • Munroe, J. Church vs. State: The Early Struggle for Control of Delaware College. The Fourth College of Arts and Science Distinguished Faculty Lecture. Newark: University of Delaware, 1982.
  • Redding, L. “Desegregation in Higher Education in Delaware.” Journal of Negro Education 27 (1958): 253-259.
  • Reed, H. “Student Life at Delaware College, 1834-1859.” Delaware Notes 8 (1934): 40-74.
  • Ryden, G. “The Suspension of Delaware College in 1859 and Early but Unsuccessful Attempts at its Reorganization.” Delaware Notes 8 (1934): 75-83.
  • Woolard, A. “Parker v. The University of Delaware: The Desegregation of Higher Education in Delaware.” Delaware History 22 (1986): 111-123.