Skip to main content

About this collection

The Delaware County Historical Association was founded in 1945 to preserve and present the rich history of Delaware County. In the early 1960s, the Association purchased property, originally settled by Gideon Frisbee. Today, DCHA has over 600 members and presents the history and folklife of this county through the site's historic buildings, exhibits, programs and publications.


All Delaware County Historical Association Digital Collections  (unsorted)

Sherwood Collection

The Sherwood Collection is mainly comprised of letters to and from Samuel Sherwood (1779-1862), his second wife Laura Bostwick Sherwood (1790-1863), and members of their family.  From 1813-1814 Sherwood served one term as a Federalist in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Samuel Sherwood practiced law in Delhi New York from 1800 to 1830, when he moved to New York City. In addition to personal letters, the collection includes legal documents, business letters, and part of Laura Sherwood's travel diary kept during a trip through upstate New York in 1823.

Farrington Photograph Collection
These photographs come from the Farrington family of Delhi, New York. Maurice Farrington (1837-1914) was a Delhi, NY business man and photographer. His son Frank (1872-1955) ran Farrington’s Drug Store in Delhi and later became the author of several publications and numerous articles related to business practices. Some of the photographs in the collection may have been taken by Maurice, particularly the glass plate negatives, but the bulk likely were created after Maurice’s death in 1914. The images include a number of street views and houses in Delhi, New York. Also included are a number of images of the Frank Farrington home on Elm Street, with pictures of his family. A series of images of a military camp appear to date from 1919 in Camp Lee, Virginia.


Photographs of Bob Wyer
Bob Wyer’s photographs cover the late 30s to the late 70s, showing life in and around Delhi, NY. They cover a wide range of activities, including schools, businesses, and community activities. Bob Wyer started his photography career in the late 1930s when a local newspaper asked him to start taking photographs. He quickly discovered his love for photography and over the next 40 years took over 150,000 photographs. With his wife, Billie Wyer, his successful photo studio took many portraits and photographed a wide range of community activities, including parades, crime and accident scenes and the everyday minutiae of life in the Catskills.. In the 1960s, Mrs. Wyer founded Bob Wyer Poscards. The Wyer’s spent much of that decade traveling around the country photographing college campuses. The Wyers retired in 1978.


Delhi Equal Suffrage Club Collection
Minute and treasurer books of the Delhi Equal Suffrage Club, along with a few letters and a photograph, dating from c1914. The Delhi Equal Suffrage Club was founded in 1912 to advocate for women's suffrage in New York State. The club’s creation was spurred by an outdoor meeting for equal suffrage. The club was active from 1912 through 1915 though it still existed to the end of the decade. The remaining club members donated leftover funds from the club for a scholarship at Delaware Academy in 1933.



Jennie Curtis Cannon Collection
Miscellaneous materials concerning Jennie Curtis Cannon (Mrs. Henry White Cannon), including a scrapbook and other material related to her activities in the women’s suffrage movement. Mrs. Jennie Curtis Cannon was born in 1855, the daughter of Gold T. Curtis and Mary Abigail Anderson. She was married to Henry Cannon, who later became President of the Chase National Bank in New York City. Mrs. Cannon was active in the equal suffrage movement in New York State, including serving as a district director for the New York State Equal Suffrage Association. She was elected the third vice president of the New York State Suffrage Society and later served as Vice President of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Mrs. Cannon also was very active in the Delaware County (NY) area in advocating for equal suffrage, bringing in nationally known speakers on the topic. She also was involved with the local Delhi Equal Suffrage Club, providing them with an office in Delhi. Mrs. Cannon died in 1929 while returning from a trip to Europe.





DCHA Information

Digital Collection
H. Fletcher Davidson Library Archives
Facebook page


DCHA is a private, non-profit organization that collects, preserves and presents the history and traditions of Delaware County and the surrounding region. DCHA serves a variety of audiences through the restoration of historic structures; the collection, care and exhibition of historic objects and archival materials; the documentation of living traditions, folk arts, social history and vernacular architecture; and the production of exhibits, publications and programs.


Select the collections to add or remove from your search