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Delaware Trapshooting miscellany

Creation: 1973-2012
Accession: 2551


Documents related to the Delaware State Trapshooting Championship, held at various locations throughout state, mainly Wilmington Trapshooting Association in Newark, Delaware and Silver Lake Sportsman's Association in Magnolia, Delaware. Also included are programs from the Grand American Trapshooting Tournament.


  • Creation: 1973-2012



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Historical Note

The Delaware State Trapshooting Championship dates back to 1903 when the sport of trapshooting was just in its infancy. The earliest state tournaments were held at the Du Pont Gun Club, on the site of the present day Experimental Station of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Following the du Pont Gun Club’s closure in 1916, the tournament began to rotate between the Yorklyn Gun Club and the Wilmington Trapshooting Association near Bellevue, Delaware. Throughout the twentieth century, the shoot would continue to be held at clubs such as the Silver Lake Sportsman’s Association in Magnolia, Delaware and the present Wilmington Trapshooting Association, located in Newark, Delaware. Due to a large number of participants, the tournament is now held at the Millington Sportsman’s Association in Millington Maryland.

The Grand American World Trapshooting Tournaments began in 1900 at the Interstate Park in Queens, New York. For the next two decades, it was held at the du Pont Gun Club in Wilmington, Delaware, and cities such as St. Louis, Chicago, and Columbus. Beginning in 1923, the tournament made its home for the next 81 years at the headquarters of the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) in Vandalia, Ohio. In its infancy, the shoot hosted a mere 20 shooters, but has grown to host over 5,800 shooters by the turn of the millennium. In 2006, the ATA moved to Sparta, Illinois and relocated the Grand American to that location at the World Shooting and Recreational Complex.

Scope and Content

This collection is arranged into two series. Records in Series I include items related to the Delaware State Trapshoot, held at various locations throughout state, mainly Wilmington Trapshooting Association in Newark, Delaware and Silver Lake Sportsman's Association in Magnolia, Delaware. Subseries A contains programs from the Delaware State Trapshoot (1973-2012) that were mailed to participants. Subseries B are issues of ‘Trap & Field’ magazine that included articles regarding the Delaware State Shoot (August issues 1975-2012). Records in Series II are programs that were mailed to members of the Amateur Trapshooting Association across the country inviting participants to the Grand American Trapshoot (1975-2012).

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Additional Description

Separated Materials

Amateur Trapshooting Association Official Averages, 1959, 1961, 1963-2010 transferred to Published Collections Department.

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Delaware Trapshooting miscellany
Andrew D. Engel
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Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA