From the H. Fletcher Davidson Library Archives
of the Delaware County Historical Association
DCHA has a large archive of genealogical and historical research materials available to the public. The library/archives are open year round Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm, excluding holidays (but you are advised to call or write first to be sure the library/archives are open on the day of your visit). County residents and DCHA members may do their own research in the library for no charge. A $5 use fee is requested from non-Delaware County residents to help maintain library services.
The Historical Association also offers research services by mail and email. We charge a research fee of $15.00 per inquiry for a maximum of one hour of research. This fee covers the staff time required to process your request and helps ensure that the service will be available in years to come.
If you wish to use our services, please send a check or money order for the $15.00 fee with completed research form to DCHA 46549 State Hwy 10 Delhi, NY 13753. In answering your request we will, to the best of our abilities, search for up to one hour, the resources you have checked. Due to extremely limited staff time, it may take several weeks before we can begin to research new inquiries.
To better serve researchers, our quarterly publication Headwaters of History features a genealogy research section. You may place a genealogical classified advertisement at the rate of $5.00 for 30 words or less. Send your prepaid advertisement to Headwaters of History: Classified at DCHA 46549 State Hwy 10, Delhi, NY 13753.
For an overview of materials we have available for researching Delaware County (and what materials we do not have), go to Researching Delaware County at DCHA.
With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War upon us, there is more interest in researching this war. Civil War Resources at DCHA provides a more detailed description of some of the Civil War related materials we have in the library/archives.
DCHA has an eclectic mix of Delaware County newspapers, on paper and/or on microfilm. Newspapers at DCHA provides a list by geographic area of those newspapers we have available.
The archives has a large collection of photographs, including 100,000 negatives from Delhi photographer Bob Wyer. Go to Images at DCHA for more detail about the photographs and negatives available at DCHA.
The DCHA library has a wide selection of books related to all aspects of Delaware County history. Copies of the standard histories, including Munsell's History of Delaware County (1880), the Biographical Review of Delaware County (1895), Jay Gould's Delaware County New York (1856) and Murray's History of Delaware County, New York (1898) are in our collections, as are newer local histories, including A History of Delaware County New York, A Catskill Land and Its People, 1797-2007. This book, and other local history texts, are available for purchase in our gift/book shop.