The University is located in Newark, Delaware, a college town midway between Philadelphia and Baltimore. The surrounding area has deep roots in American history. From the window of Elliot Hall, a Newark resident noted the passage of British soldiers marching down Main St. on their way fight in the Battle of the Brandywine in 1777. Stone ruins of mills are common along local streams bearing witness to America’s first industrial revolution. At the Hagley Museum, visitors can see the restored powder mills and worker’s village where the Dupont Company began in 1804.
A wealth of libraries and archives are only a short car or train trip away. Scholars come from all over the world to use the Hagley’s library and archives which emphasize the history of American business and technology. These resources are complimented by the Winterthur Museum’s collections in the decorative arts and material culture. Philadelphia is justly famous as a center for research on early American history, but the Library Company, Pennsylvania Historical Society, and American Philosophical Society also have unique holdings of particular interest to Hagley fellows. Many also use the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. two hours to our south. Our central location also offers many local opportunities to attend conferences, seminars, and workshops and to interact with visiting scholars.