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William A. Kruse collection related to historic Delaware homes and churches


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Delaware Library Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

William A. Kruse is the son of Delaware architect, artist, and lithographer Albert Kruse (1897-1974).

Albert Kruse (1897-1974) was a Delaware architect, artist, and lithographer. In 1932, Kruse published

New Castle Sketches, a collection of lithographs of Delaware colonial houses and buildings for which his sister Gertrude Kruse supplied historical information.

"Albert Kruse, Annapolis Achitect," last modified 2015, Additional biographical materials derived from collection.

The William A. Kruse collection related to historic Delaware homes and churches contains lithograph prints, tear sheets, clippings, and ephemera chronicling prominent Delaware landmarks. The collection comprises 0.3 linear feet of materials spanning the dates 1888-1949 and contains several items of significance related to Delaware agriculturist Jehu Reed, as well as architect and lithographer Albert Kruse.

Materials are arranged chronologically within three series: I. Historic Delaware churches, II. Historic Delaware houses, and III. Delaware-area ephemera.

  1. Box 1: Shelved in SPEC MSS manuscript boxes (1 inch)
  2. Removals: Shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (17 inches)

Gift of William A. Kruse, 2016

Processed and encoded by Dustin Frohlich, July, 2016.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2016 June 23
Access Restrictions

Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. Please contact Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library,

Use Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Collection Inventory

Clippings, 1939-1946.
Box 1 Folder F1
Scope and Contents

Clippings from various Delaware newspapers include articles on Second Baptist Church (Wilmington), Prince George's P.E. Chapel (Dagsboro), Old Swedes' Church (Wilmington), St. James' P.E. Church (Stanton), Hanover Presbyterian Church (Wilmington), St. Peter's Church (Smyrna), Friends Meeting House (Odessa), Old Christ Church (Laurel), and Presbyterian Church of Dover (Dover).

Hanover Presbyterian Church (Wilmington).
Box 1 Folder F2
St. Andrews Church (Middletown).
Box 1 Folder F2
Old St. Anne's Church (Middletown).
Box 1 Folder F2
St. James Episcopal Church (Stanton).
Box 1 Folder F2
Old Drawyers Church (Odessa).
Box 1 Folder F2
First Presbyterian (Wilmington).
Box 1 Folder F2
Calvary Church (Wilmington), 1940.
Box 1 Folder F2
Cathedral Church of St. John (Wilmington), 1943.
Box 1 Folder F2

Jehu M. Reed, 1888.
Box 1 Folder F3
Scope and Contents

This folder contains tear sheets from Thomas J. Scharf's

History of Delaware which include biographical information on Delaware agriculturist Jehu M. Reed. Also included are two tear sheets from unknown book with prints of Jehu M. Reed and his home, "Reed Place," (now Jehu M. Reed House), located near Frederica, Delaware.
Lithograph prints by Albert Kruse (1897-1974), circa 1935.
Box 1 Folder F4
Scope and Contents

Albert Kruse (1897-1974) was a Delaware architect and artist who produced lithographs of historic Delaware buildings. One of three lithographs in this folder is of the George Read House located in New Castle, Delaware.

Photograph of painting of unknown mills and harbor .
Box 1 Folder F5
Copy of 1883 Wilmington, Delaware, telephone exchange.
Box 1 Folder F5
Bank of Delaware (Wilmington).
Box 1 Folder F5
Scope and Contents

Tear sheet from unknown book

Christ Church (Philadelphia) pamphlet.
Box 1 Folder F5
Book advertisement for Wilmington writer Henry Seidel Canby's The Age of Confidence, circa 1934.
Box 5 Folder F5
List of publications of the Historical Society of Delaware, 1949 March.
Box 1 Folder F5

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