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Memorial Hall, Campus, & the Local Area

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Memorial Hall view from North Campus and trees with changing leaves

The main campus of the University of Delaware is in Newark (pronounced " New Ark"), Delaware. Newark is located just off I-95 between New York and Washington, D.C.

The English Department is housed in Memorial Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building, which memorializes the 270 Delawareans who died in World War I, was dedicated on May 23, 1925 as a central library between the all-male Delaware College and the Women's College of Delaware. It was the first facility shared by the two institutions, which later merged in 1945 to become the University of Delaware. The building served as a library from 1925-1963, when holdings were moved next door to the newly-constructed Morris Library. Memorial Library was renovated to office and classroom space and renamed as Memorial Hall. Extensive renovations were completed in 1998-99.

Here are some of the academic and cultural resources that students in English have at their disposal:

A Short Walk from Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall from the early 1920's

​After an extensive fundraising campaign with more than 26,000 members of the public pledging funds, construction started in December 1923 and Memorial Library was dedicated on Memorial Day in 1925.

After an extensive fundraising campaign with more than 26,000 members of the public pledging funds, construction started in December 1923 and Memorial Library was dedicated on Memorial Day in 1925.

The Morris Library. The university's main research library features one of the country's best collections of digital and electronic databases. It also houses a Special Collections department that contains rare books and a wealth of manuscript material relating to authors such as Ishmael Reed and Tennessee Williams. The library also houses The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection is an important repository of manuscripts, rare books, letters, and ephemera related to British art and literature of the period 1850-1900.

The Resident Ensemble Players (REP). The REP is recognized nationally for its rigor and high quality. Members of the university community benefit from their ambitious schedule of performances. Favorite playwrights include Chekov, Shaw, Shakespeare, and Brecht. Directors and actors are happy to come into English graduate and undergraduate classes and perform scenes, rehearse readings, or just talk about a production.

The Paul R. Jones Collection. This important collection of African-American art was donated to the university by pioneering collector, Paul R. Jones. It is one of the most comprehensive collections of African-American art and offers excellent opportunities for research.

A Short Drive from Memorial Hall
Memorial Hall being renovated after flood damage in 1937

​After damaging floods in 1937, Memorial Library was renovated and expanded, with a rededication ceremony held on February 5, 1940.

Winterthur. Created by Henry Francis DuPont, Winterthur is the nation's premiere collection of American decorative arts. The museum contains galleries and scores of period rooms, the latter accessible only by docent-led tours. It is also home to the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, a prestigious MA-granting program, a famous garden, and excellent library resources. English students may find the Downs Collection of rare books and manuscripts a particularly useful resource for the study of American literature and culture.

Hagley Museum and Library. Built on the site of the original DuPont gunpowder works on the banks of the Brandywine River, Hagley Museum and Library is home to the Center for the History of Business, Technology and Society. The library's collections includes the papers of over a thousand U.S. companies from the eighteenth century to the present. This rich archive focuses on business, technology, and consumer culture in America .

Delaware Art Museum. One of the country's great small art museums, the Delaware Museum of Art houses the best collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art outside of the United Kingdom .

Oak Knoll Books. Located in beautiful Old New Castle, Oak Knoll is the country's premiere antiquarian bookseller. Specializing in books about books, Oak Knoll hosts an annual conference in Old New Castle, employs some English graduate students as part-time cataloguers, and represents an important local resource for any student interested in bibliography or the history of the book.

A Little Further Afield
Aerial shot of Memorial Hall with North and South campus being shown

​Beautiful all year round, Memorial Hall is particularly stunning when surrounded by autumn colors and in spring when the cherry blossoms along the eastern side are in bloom. 

Philadelphia. Just a forty-minute drive or train ride from Newark , Philly offers too many resources to list comprehensively. But here are some of the main ones of use to our students: The American Philosophical SocietyThe Opera Company of PhiladelphiaThe Wilma TheatreThe Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the University of Pennsylvania 's Rare Book and Manuscript Library Collections.

Washington, D.C. Washington is an hour and a half from Newark . Because we are part of the Folger Consortium, students in our program are eligible to participate in seminars offered by the Folger 

Shakespeare Library. The Library of Congress and the Shakespeare Theatre are also excellent resources in D.C.

New York City. There's no point in trying to list even some of the excellent resources in New York, so we will just note that you can get there from Newark in just two hours.

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Memorial Hall, Campus, & the Local Area
  • Department of English
  • 203 Memorial Hall
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • University of Delaware
  • Phone: 302-831-2361
  • english@udel.edu