Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley

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A collection of approximately 200 interviews conducted between 1953 and 1990 with people who lived and worked in New Castle County, Delaware. The recollections of the subjects cover a period from about 1900 to 1960. While the majority of the interviews are with those who have a connection with the DuPont Company or du Pont family either as employees or inhabitants of the area surrounding the company's operation on the Brandywine River, the collection also includes interviews with those who worked in other industries in Delaware during this era such as Hodgson Woolen Mill, Lobdell Car Wheel Company, Hoopes Brother & Darlington, and Joseph Bancroft & Sons. In addition to documenting work and labor during this period, the interviewers delve deeply into the social and cultural lives of their subjects. Issues related to domesticity, gender, education, childhood, ethnicity, medicine, etc. are among the topics covered in the interviews. Also of note are interviews with a journalist (Fred Reybold) and an early broadcaster (Willard Wilson) who worked in Delaware.

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Interview with Albert Rider "Slick" Ely, 1988 September 24 [audio](part 2)
Ely primarily focuses on ballistic pendulums and other gun powder testing devices. He also discusses in detail how black powder was manufactured as well as the properties of dynamite, and he gives his take on the eventual exit of the DuPont Company from this area. He recounts a few stories from his work in this department., Albert Rider "Slick" Ely worked for DuPont in the explosives and ballistics department as a chemist. He worked as the plant manager at Kenvil for nearly 18 years., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 572 MB., 2 of 2, conversation stops from about 19:30 to 21:00 but recording does not, [Description and dates], 1970370_12613_ely_part2, Box 5, Casette 178-179, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Albert Rider "Slick" Ely, 1988 December 6 [audio]
Ely discusses traveling around for work through his sales position, establishing Kenvil as a research and development laboratory, the development and use of the ballistic pendulum, his earlier career with Hercules, his impressions of du Pont family members, and the use of the friction testing device. He also touches on the company's safety measures as well as using lathes in the workplace., Albert Rider "Slick" Ely worked for DuPont in the explosives and ballistics department as a chemist. He worked as the plant manager at Kenvil for nearly 18 years., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.28 GB., tape flips at 45:59, [Description and dates], 1970370_12613_ely_part3, Box 5, Casette 180, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Carl Wise, 1984 February 27 [audio]
Wise describes his childhood growing up in Wilmington, including working for the DuPont box factory during his summers, delivering newspapers and milk, his education at Wilmington High School, and various customs and pastimes. He also briefly describes some highlights of his working career., Carl Wise (b. 1900) was a newspaper reporter for the News Journal from 1930-1961. HIs father worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, and eventually became the assistant train master of the Delaware Division., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.33 GB., tape flips at 44:46, [Description and dates], 1970370_12613_wise, Box 6, Cassette 275, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Joseph M. Campbell, 1957 August 15 [audio](part 1)
Campbell describes the working conditions at Hagley and at the Experimental Station, attempts to unionize, his interactions with the du Pont family, and moving into the neighborhood at Squirrel Run, including the various nationalities that lived there and what the workers would do for fun.
Interview with Joseph M. Campbell, 1957 August 15 [audio](part 2)
Campbell describes the working conditions at Hagley and at the Experimental Station, attempts to unionize, his interactions with the du Pont family, and moving into the neighborhood at Squirrel Run, including the various nationalities that lived there and what the workers would do for fun.
Interview with William T. Cloud, 1958 March 31 [audio](part 1)
Cloud describes T. Coleman du Pont's road project in Sussex County, including interactions with the farmers; the political climate of the early 1900s in Delaware; the function of the byproducts section; and the dynamics, exports, and events at the Wayne Black Powder Mills and the Brandywine Plant., William T. Cloud (b. 1892) grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, studied stenography at Goldey College, and utilized his degree to do clerical work in the explosives department for DuPont beginning in 1908. He later became the secretary for T. Coleman du Pont, managing his road and engineering aspirations. He transferred back to the explosives department and later to the byproducts section of this department. By 1917, he had accepted a position as assistant superintendent at Wayne Black Powder Mills during World War I, ending his career as acting superintendent at Brandywine., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.56 GB., Scotch 190 Extra Play, 1/4" x 1800 ft., plastic, No. 190A-18-100G, 1 of 2; Interview summary-not a direct transcript, Part 2 ends abruptly but continues without interruption at the beginning of part 3, [Description and dates], 1970370_62513_cloud_part1, Box 2, Reel 40, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with William T. Cloud, 1958 March 31 [audio](part 2)
Cloud describes T. Coleman du Pont's road project in Sussex County, including interactions with the farmers; the political climate of the early 1900s in Delaware; the function of the byproducts section; and the dynamics, exports, and events at the Wayne Black Powder Mills and the Brandywine Plant., William T. Cloud (b. 1892) grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, studied stenography at Goldey College, and utilized his degree to do clerical work in the explosives department for DuPont beginning in 1908. He later became the secretary for T. Coleman du Pont, managing his road and engineering aspirations. He transferred back to the explosives department and later to the byproducts section of this department. By 1917, he had accepted a position as assistant superintendent at Wayne Black Powder Mills during World War I, ending his career as acting superintendent at Brandywine., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.01 GB., Scotch 190 Extra Play, 1/4" x 1800 ft., plastic, No. 190A-18-100G, 1 of 2; Interview summary-not a direct transcript, Part 2 ends abruptly but continues without interruption at the beginning of part 3, [Description and dates], 1970370_62513_cloud_part2, Box 2, Reel 40, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with William T. Cloud, 1958 April 7 [audio](part 3)
Cloud describes T. Coleman du Pont's road project in Sussex County, including interactions with the farmers; the political climate of the early 1900s in Delaware; the function of the byproducts section; and the dynamics, exports, and events at the Wayne Black Powder Mills and the Brandywine Plant., William T. Cloud (b. 1892) grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, studied stenography at Goldey College, and utilized his degree to do clerical work in the explosives department for DuPont beginning in 1908. He later became the secretary for T. Coleman du Pont, managing his road and engineering aspirations. He transferred back to the explosives department and later to the byproducts section of this department. By 1917, he had accepted a position as assistant superintendent at Wayne Black Powder Mills during World War I, ending his career as acting superintendent at Brandywine., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 704 MB., Scotch, Plastic, 1/4" x 1200 ft., No. 111 A-12, 2 of 2; Interview summary-not a direct transcript, On part 3 the volume drops signifigantly around the 41:30 before fading out completely around 41:55., [Description and dates], 1970370_62513_cloud_part3, Box 2, Reel 41, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Katherine Collison, 1954 September, 1955 January [audio]
Collison describes the house itself and the hardworking maids who lived there; how the children played and entertained themselves at the powder yards; various explosions and the reactions of the families; the cultural and social makeup of the community; and Collison's relationship with members of the du Pont family, including her friendship with Sophie du Pont., Katharine Collison (b. 1870) was the daughter of the chief bookkeeper for the DuPont company and lived in the Belin House for over twenty years., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 975 MB., Scotch 201 Dynarange Series, silicone lubricated, acetate backing, 1/4" x 1200 ft. , No. 201-1/4-1200, Composite Interview; Tape found in office of J.P. Monigle Sept. 11, 1973.; Interview summary-not a direct transcript, Interview begins in mid-conversation. The recording has signifigant tape hiss. At 48:26 the interview ends abruptly and an unidentified recording of what appears to be a sermon fills the duration of the tape to 58:49, [Description and dates], 1970370_62713_collison, Box 1, Reel 8, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Philip Dougherty, 1955 January 12 [audio]
Dougherty recalls what he remembers about his father's and his own work, the homes in the Charles' Banks area near Hagley, explosions in 1889, 1890, and 1898, activities around the Brandywine, and memories of people in the area., Philip H. Dougherty (b. 1874) had a father who worked in the DuPont saltpeter refinery. Mr. Dougherty worked in the keg factory in the DuPont Company Hagley Yard and later at the Eagle Packing House., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.01 GB., Scotch 201 Dynarange Series, silicone lubricated, acetate backing, 1/4" x 1200 ft. , No. 201-1/4-1200, Composite Interview; Tape found in office of J.P. Monigle Sept. 11, 1973; Interview summary-not a driect transcript, [Description and dates], 1970370_62713_dougherty_p_part1, Box 1, Reel 8, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with F.L. (Les) Mathewson, 1968 July 3 [audio](part 1)
Mathewson describes the addition of electricity to the powder yard, his impressions of A.I. du Pont, and his neighbors. He also discusses his childhood, his father's work responsibilities, and his own job at the Hopewell plant in blasting. He describes the intricacies of blasting work and his experiences with the trap-shooting club., F.L. "Les" Mathewson (b. 1895) grew up in Breck's Lane in a family of DuPont workers; his father worked in the electrical department, his grandfather was the foreman of the cooper shop, and his great-grandfather worked in the powder yards. He worked at the Hopewell plant and later became Mrs. W.K. du Pont's chauffeur., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.55 GB., Ferrodynamics Brand Five, 1800 ft. x 1 mil, polyester, #10D7M, Part 1: Ends abruptly but picks up on Part 2 Part 2: Ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_62713_matheson_part1, Box 2, Reel 49, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with F.L. (Les) Mathewson, 1968 July 3 [audio](part 2)
Mathewson describes the addition of electricity to the powder yard, his impressions of A.I. du Pont, and his neighbors. He also discusses his childhood, his father's work responsibilities, and his own job at the Hopewell plant in blasting. He describes the intricacies of blasting work and his experiences with the trap-shooting club., F.L. "Les" Mathewson (b. 1895) grew up in Breck's Lane in a family of DuPont workers; his father worked in the electrical department, his grandfather was the foreman of the cooper shop, and his great-grandfather worked in the powder yards. He worked at the Hopewell plant and later became Mrs. W.K. du Pont's chauffeur., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 532 MB., Ferrodynamics Brand Five, 1800 ft. x 1 mil, polyester, #10D7M, Part 1: Ends abruptly but picks up on Part 2 Part 2: Ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_62713_matheson_part2, Box 2, Reel 49, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with John Peoples, 1957 June 13 [audio](part 1)
Peoples describes his job and working conditions in detail, his impressions of Frank du Pont, flooding along the Brandywine, explosions, life at Squirrel Run, and anecdotes about his neighbors., John Peoples (b. 1871) emigrated from Donegal, Ireland and worked in the Keg Mill during his career at DuPont., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 535 MB., Webcor Electronic Memory, 1200 ft., No. 2906, Interview summary-not a direct transcript, [Description and dates], 1970370_62813_peoples_part1, Box 2, Reel 53, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with John Peoples, 1957 June 13 [audio](part 2)
Peoples describes his job and working conditions in detail, his impressions of Frank du Pont, flooding along the Brandywine, explosions, life at Squirrel Run, and anecdotes about his neighbors., John Peoples (b. 1871) emigrated from Donegal, Ireland and worked in the Keg Mill during his career at DuPont., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 510 MB., Webcor Electronic Memory, 1200 ft., No. 2906, Interview summary-not a direct transcript, [Description and dates], 1970370_62813_peoples_part2, Box 2, Reel 53, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with William Stewart Allmond, 1969 July 3 [audio] (part 2)
Allmond's interviews detail the work environment at the Wilmington plant site in the early 1900s until the 1940s; various markets for car wheels; the expansion of the company and acquisition of Morton Poole Company and Nazel Engineering Works; and the effects of the Great Depression on Lobdell, which led to the company's purchase by Walter Lippincott and the United Engineering and Foundry Company in the late 1940s., William Stewart Allmond (1891-1973) grew up in Newark and Wilmington, Delaware, and educated in mechanical engineering at Delaware College, later the University of Delaware. He eventually became the vice president of Lobdell Car Wheel Company, the family business on his mother's side., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.51GB., RCA Red Seal, 1800 ft. 1 mil, polyester, Type 10MLN-18LT, Reel # 69-III; Transcript includes June 26 and July 1, Part 1 starts off poorly and overall quality of recording is not great (occasional "muffling", hiss, etc. throughout); Part 1 ends abuptly but picks up on Part 2; Mr. Allmond seems to tire towards the end of Part 2 and the volume of his voice fluctuates; The tape becomes much muffled at times towards the end of Part 2 starting at around 1:04:00 and again in the last minute; 0:47:30 to 0:48:50 volume of tape drops off, [Description and dates], 1970370_71013_Allmond_part2, Box 2, Reel 31, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Harvey L. Fell, 1968 June 10 [audio]
Fell describes farming for DuPont in detail, including the amount of workers, the number of barns and buildings, livestock raised, horses that pulled the wagons, sporting and hunting dogs, barn burnings, and farm equipment. He also describes the community along the Brandywine, his impressions of various du Pont family members, and the layout of Wilmington and the powder yard., Dr. Harvey L. Fell (b. 1898) obtained a B.S. in agriculture from Delaware College in 1920, and later entered the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. He grew up in an entrepreneurial family; his grandfather and father operated many different businesses in the Wilmington area. He worked on the DuPont Company farm during a summer after college and also worked in the powder yards., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.55 GB., Ferrodynamics Brand Five, 1800 ft. x 1 mil, polyester, #10D7M, "Outdoor interview" side B, Part 1 ends abruptly; Part 2 ends abruptly; cuts off at 0:32:44 until 0:33:14; tape sounds like it cuts on and off/is edited frequently, particularly after the 33 minute mark; volume extremely low from 0:49:20 until 0:57:55, [Description and dates], 1970370_71013_Fell_part1, Box 2, Reel 44, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with John E. Krauss, 1958 May 14 [audio](part 1)
Krauss describes his father's working career, including an incident in which Mr. Krauss asked Mr. Francis G. du Pont not to smoke a cigar near the powder mill. His interview describes his childhood at Squirrel Run, including his education at A.I. du Pont School, his summer jobs in the mill at Hagley, his impressions of du Pont family members, and his later working career at DuPont., John E. Krauss (b. 1889) was born in Squirrel Run to a Swiss immigrant father, Emile Krauss, who worked at Hagley Yards, and an Irish immigrant mother. He attended West Chester Teacher's College in 1905, and began to teach at St. George's School in Delaware upon graduation, ultimately working in New Jersey for a few years. Finally, he ended up working for the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and later for DuPont., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 976 MB., Reeves Soundcraft, plastic base, 1/4' x 1200 ft., "#1" Interview summary-not a direct transcript, Part 1: Brief unrelated recording at start; Recording is muffled at the start but improves as the reel progresses;, [Description and dates], 1970370_71013_Krauss_part1, Box 2, Reel 45, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with John E. Krauss, 1958 May 14 [audio](part 2)
Krauss describes his father's working career, including an incident in which Mr. Krauss asked Mr. Francis G. du Pont not to smoke a cigar near the powder mill. His interview describes his childhood at Squirrel Run, including his education at A.I. du Pont School, his summer jobs in the mill at Hagley, his impressions of du Pont family members, and his later working career at DuPont., John E. Krauss (b. 1889) was born in Squirrel Run to a Swiss immigrant father, Emile Krauss, who worked at Hagley Yards, and an Irish immigrant mother. He attended West Chester Teacher's College in 1905, and began to teach at St. George's School in Delaware upon graduation, ultimately working in New Jersey for a few years. Finally, he ended up working for the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and later for DuPont., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 791 MB., Reeves Soundcraft, plastic base, 1/4' x 1200 ft., "#1" Interview summary-not a direct transcript, Part 1: Brief unrelated recording at start; Recording is muffled at the start but improves as the reel progresses;, [Description and dates], 1970370_71113_Krauss_part2, Box 2, Reel 45, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with John E. Krauss, 1958 May 28 [audio](part 3)
Krauss describes his father's working career, including an incident in which Mr. Krauss asked Mr. Francis G. du Pont not to smoke a cigar near the powder mill. His interview describes his childhood at Squirrel Run, including his education at A.I. du Pont School, his summer jobs in the mill at Hagley, his impressions of du Pont family members, and his later working career at DuPont., John E. Krauss (b. 1889) was born in Squirrel Run to a Swiss immigrant father, Emile Krauss, who worked at Hagley Yards, and an Irish immigrant mother. He attended West Chester Teacher's College in 1905, and began to teach at St. George's School in Delaware upon graduation, ultimately working in New Jersey for a few years. Finally, he ended up working for the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce and later for DuPont., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.05 GB., Reeves Soundcraft, plastic base, 1/4' x 1200 ft., "2" Interview summary-not a direct transcript, Part 3: Very poor recording at start-lots of muffling/extreme dips in volume...however it does seem to improve as tape progresses; intermittent low, noise throughout (scraping sound); Ends abruptly, [Description and dates], 1970370_71113_Krauss_part3, Box 2, Reel 46, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Joseph H. Martin, 1956 November 8-9 [audio](part 1)
Martin describes in detail various members of the du Pont family and anecdotes about them, including Francis I. du Pont, Alfred I. du Pont, Colonel A. Henry du Pont, and T. Coleman du Pont. He also discusses the explosion of 1890., Joseph H. Martin was a reporter for the New Journal and resident of Wilmington., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.06 GB., Webcor Electronic Memory, 1200 ft., No. 2906, "#7"; Interview summary-not a direct transcript, Part 1:Recording begins and ends abruptly (but resumes on part 2); Intermittent "oscillating fan" sound; Cuts off from 0:07:46 for about two seconds; Subject does not speak clearly and is difficult to understand; Part 2: Intermittent "oscillating fan" sound;Volume spikes for last 30 seconds as Mr. Wilkinson speaks directly into the mic, [Description and dates], 1970370_71113_Martin_part1, Box 2, Reel 48, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Joseph H. Martin, 1956 November 8-9 [audio](part 2)
Martin describes in detail various members of the du Pont family and anecdotes about them, including Francis I. du Pont, Alfred I. du Pont, Colonel A. Henry du Pont, and T. Coleman du Pont. He also discusses the explosion of 1890., Joseph H. Martin was a reporter for the New Journal and resident of Wilmington., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 280 MB., Webcor Electronic Memory, 1200 ft., No. 2906, "#7"; Interview summary-not a direct transcript, Part 1:Recording begins and ends abruptly (but resumes on part 2); Intermittent "oscillating fan" sound; Cuts off from 0:07:46 for about two seconds; Subject does not speak clearly and is difficult to understand; Part 2: Intermittent "oscillating fan" sound;Volume spikes for last 30 seconds as Mr. Wilkinson speaks directly into the mic, [Description and dates], 1970370_71113_Martin_part2, Box 2, Reel 48, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Frank T. Stirlith, 1960 January 12, 1960 January 14 [audio](part 1)
Stirlith describes his family history and immigration to the United States, his childhood growing up in Chester, life in Wilmington during his adult years, his career at DuPont, and his impressions of and interactions with various members of the du Pont family. He also recounts, in detail, William Jennings Bryan's Cross of Gold speech, which he heard in Wilmington in 1896., Edwin G. Smyth studied civil engineering at Delaware College, graduating in 1917. He began working for DuPont at Repauno in explosives. His father worked at Hagley and obtained a 10-point handsaw owned by John Q. Stirling as a relic of his time there. His father also helped build Nemours. As a boy, Smyth helped gather the glass for Alfred I. du Pont's wall around Nemours., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.53 GB., Super-Thin audiotape, "mylar" polyester, 2400 ft. x 1/2 mil, Type 2431T, 1 of 2, Part 1: No recording on reel from 0:16:05 to 0:16:45, from 1:16:00 to 1:17:44, and from 1:21:07 to 1:22:02; Ends abruptly but continues on part 2; Part 2: No recording from 0:12:57 to 0:13:24 and 1:28:50 to 1:29:58; Conversation fades during the last few seconds and then abruptly ends but resumes on part 3, [Description and dates], 1970370_71113_Stirlith_part1 , Box 1, Reel 27, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Frederick K. Reybold, 1968 August 8 [audio]
Reybold describes treating politics in journalism, interviewing Grover Cleveland, the newspaper business in Wilmington, and his impressions of T. Coleman du Pont and Alfred I. du Pont, and his resignation after being told not to report A.I. du Pont's divorce case. He the construction of the Delaware Memorial Bridge., Frederick K. Reybold (b. 1874) grew up on a peach farm in Delaware and became a journalist for the Philadelphia Record and later for Every Evening., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.07 GB., Ferrodynamics Brand Five, 1800 ft. 1 mil., Polyester, #10D7M, Significant tape hiss; Mr. Reybold speaks very low; Recording starts with conversation already in progress, [Description and dates], 1970370_71613_Reybold, Box 1, Reel 25, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Daniel F. Shields, 1958 March 19 [audio]
Shields describes his working career at DuPont, including various explosions, his impressions of du Pont family members, and anecdotes about other employees.
Interview with Frank T. Stirlith1960 January 12, 1960 January 14 [audio](part 2)
Stirlith describes his family history and immigration to the United States, his childhood growing up in Chester, life in Wilmington during his adult years, his career at DuPont, and his impressions of and interactions with various members of the du Pont family. He also recounts, in detail, William Jennings Bryan's Cross of Gold speech, which he heard in Wilmington in 1896., Edwin G. Smyth studied civil engineering at Delaware College, graduating in 1917. He began working for DuPont at Repauno in explosives. His father worked at Hagley and obtained a 10-point handsaw owned by John Q. Stirling as a relic of his time there. His father also helped build Nemours. As a boy, Smyth helped gather the glass for Alfred I. du Pont's wall around Nemours., Digitized by Hagley Museum and Library. Software: Adobe Audition CS6 (Windows). Encoding: Microsoft PCM. Constant 2304kbps, 96KHz, 24-bps. 1.53 GB., Super-Thin audiotape, "mylar" polyester, 2400 ft. x 1/2 mil, Type 2431T, 1 of 2, Part 1: No recording on reel from 0:16:05 to 0:16:45, from 1:16:00 to 1:17:44, and from 1:21:07 to 1:22:02; Ends abruptly but continues on part 2; Part 2: No recording from 0:12:57 to 0:13:24 and 1:28:50 to 1:29:58; Conversation fades during the last few seconds and then abruptly ends but resumes on part 3, [Description and dates], 1970370_71613_Stirlith_part2, Box 1, Reel 27, Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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