Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs

About this collection

Pierre S. du Pont incorporated the Delaware School Auxiliary Association in 1919 to finance the construction of new school buildings throughout the state. Between 1918 and 1940 du Pont donated $5,000,000 to build some 120 schools. This collection contains photographs, almost all exterior, of 114 public elementary and secondary schools in Delaware. These include old school buildings and the new ones that replaced them in the building program instituted by Pierre S. du Pont. For more information on the collection, click here to view the finding aid.

    To learn more about the legacy of segregation in Delaware education, see A Separate Place: The Schools that P.S. du Pont Built.
    Image: Christiana Colored School as constructed in 1920. Click to view object.

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Architectural rendering of William P. Bancroft School
Architectural rendering of three-story school building by architects, Guilbert & Betelle., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Exterior view of Thomas F. Bayard School
Located in New Castle County with 32 rooms., Construction started on February 1, 1924 and was completed on March 15, 1925 at a cost of $542,057.00., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Exterior view of Berrytown Colored School prior to new construction
One-room schoolhouse prior to construction of new building., # 157 C - B-7 on Franklin Map of 1930. The school was in Kent County, Delaware near Felton in South Murderkill Hundred near the State Rd. that connects Felton to Whitelysburg., Prior to the building of a new school, Berrytown typically had about 38 students and the average attendance was 112.1 days per year., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Exterior view of Blackiston Colored School prior to new construction
One-room school located in Kent County prior to construction of new building., # 137C - A-5 on Franklin Map of 1930. The school was on State Rd. at Blackiston's Crossroads, which is northwest of Kenton and west of Clayton and Smyrna., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Exterior view of Blackwater Colored School prior to new construction
One-room schoolhouse in Sussex County prior to construction of new building., #218 - D-11 on Franklin Map of 1930. The address of the school is 34478 Roxana Rd. Frankford, Delaware, which is Rt. 17 between Clarksville and Roxana., The school was built in 1892, serving the community to 1925. This school was part of the compound that serves the Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church and includes the Wesley Camp Ground and the Wesley Cemetery. In 2010, the school, the last of the remaining school buildings built during the post Civil War era, was used for church functions and as a boarding tent for the Wesley Camp Meetings, according to Preservation Delaware information., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Front exterior view of newly constructed Blackwater Colored School #207
Newly constructed one room school in Sussex County., D-11 on Franklin Map of 1930. School was near Blackwater and Clarksville area, on the road between Omar and Millville., Construction began on October 10, 1921 and was completed on March 22, 1922 at a cost of $5,416.58., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Rear exterior view of newly constructed Blackwater Colored School #207
Newly constructed one room school in Sussex County., D-11 on Franklin Map of 1930. School was near Blackwater and Clarksville area, on the road between Omar and Millville., Construction began on October 10, 1921 and was completed on March 22, 1922 at a cost of $5,416.58., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Exterior view of Blanco Colored School prior to new construction
This one-room weathered frame schoolhouse appears to have three windows on each side and is raised by individual small piles of bricks., #138-C - A-5 on the Franklin Map of 1930. School was located west of Kenton and close to the Delaware-Maryland border in Kent County., This building was used into the late nineteenth century until a new building was constructed on adjacent property., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Exterior view of Blockson Colored School prior to new construction
Original one room school building used before construction of new building., 218C - A-10 on the Franklin Map of 1930. School was located northwest of Seaford and near Cannon in Sussex County, Delaware., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Rear exterior view of new Blockson Colored School
One room school in Sussex County, Delaware., Construction began on May 31, 1922 and was completed on December 29, 1922, at a cost of $10,109.40., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Front exterior view of new Blockson Colored School
One room school in Sussex County, Delaware., Construction began on May 31, 1922 and was completed on December 29, 1922, at a cost of $10,109.40., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Exterior view of Bridgeville Colored School prior to new construction
One-story wood-framed school building., School was located near or in the town of Bridgeville in Sussex County, Delaware., The original building was built with funds from the Quakers and Methodists, who had provided support for seven schools in Delaware after the Civil War. Private philanthropy continued from churches and the Freedmen's Bureau. The Delaware Association for the Moral Improvement and Education of Colored People (Delaware Association) was formed in 1867 to support and develop schools for the 'colored' students of Delaware and existed until the early 1890's. Mary Rest made a request for a school to the Delaware Association in 1867., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Exterior view of newly constructed Bridgeville Colored School
Students gathered outside of five-room school located in Sussex County. The school had several banks of six windows that could accommodate the five rooms with two-side wing entrances., #220-C B-9 on Franklin Map of 1930. School was located near or in the town of Bridgeville in Sussex County., Five room school located in Sussex County. Construction began on May 18, 1921 and was completed on November 10, 1921 at a cost of $34,012.53., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Side exterior view of Bridgeville White Portable School
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Front exterior view of Bridgeville White School
Original building was 18 40-person classrooms, 4 20-person classrooms, auditorium, stage and dressing rooms, teachers' room, and principals office suites. There were boys' and girls' toilets on each floor. Building also contained 3 store rooms, boiler room, coal storage, electric service, kitchen, kitchen store room and cafeteria. Final measurement of the building was 570,500 cubic feet., #90 - B-9 on the Franklin Map of 1930., Initial construction began on May 1, 1930 and was completed on May 1, 1931 at a cost of $204,759.65. An addition was added in 1932., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Side and front exterior view of Bridgeville White School
Original building was 18 40-person classrooms, 4 20-person classrooms, auditorium, stage and dressing rooms, teachers' room, and principals office suites. There were boys' and girls' toilets on each floor. Building also contained 3 store rooms, boiler room, coal storage, electric service, kitchen, kitchen store room and cafeteria. Final measurement of the building was 570,500 cubic feet., #90 - B-9 on the Franklin Map of 1930., Initial construction began on May 1, 1930 and was completed on May 1, 1931 at a cost of $204,759.65. An addition was added in 1932., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Side and front exterior view of Bridgeville White School with 1932 addition
Original building was 18 40-person classrooms, 4 20-person classrooms, auditorium, stage and dressing rooms, teachers' room, and principals office suites. There were boys' and girls' toilets on each floor. Building also contained 3 store rooms, boiler room, coal storage, electric service, kitchen, kitchen store room and cafeteria. Original building measured 570,500 cubic feet, while the addition added 120,000 cubic feet. The addition to the school, which is visible on the right, included 3 grade class rooms, an art room, and typing and bookkeeping section., #90 - B-9 on the Franklin Map of 1930., Initial construction began on May 1, 1930 and was completed on May 1, 1931 at a cost of $204,759.65. Construction of the new addition began on August 17, 1932 and was completed on April 20, 1933 at a cost $34,344.00, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Side and rear exterior view of Bridgeville White School with 1932 addition
Original building was 18 40-person classrooms, 4 20-person classrooms, auditorium, stage and dressing rooms, teachers' room, and principals office suites. There were boys' and girls' toilets on each floor. Building also contained 3 store rooms, boiler room, coal storage, electric service, kitchen, kitchen store room and cafeteria. Original building measured 570,500 cubic feet, while the addition added 120,000 cubic feet. The addition to the school, which is visible in the center of this photograph, included 3 grade class rooms, an art room, and typing and bookkeeping section., #90 - B-9 on the Franklin Map of 1930., Initial construction began on May 1, 1930 and was completed on May 1, 1931 at a cost of $204,759.65. Construction of the new addition began on August 17, 1932 and was completed on April 20, 1933 at a cost $34,344.00, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Rear exterior view of Bridgeville White School with 1932 addition
Original building was 18 40-person classrooms, 4 20-person classrooms, auditorium, stage and dressing rooms, teachers' room, and principals office suites. There were boys' and girls' toilets on each floor. Building also contained 3 store rooms, boiler room, coal storage, electric service, kitchen, kitchen store room and cafeteria. Original building measured 570,500 cubic feet, while the addition added 120,000 cubic feet. The addition to the school, which is visible on the left of this photograph, included 3 grade class rooms, an art room, and typing and bookkeeping section., #90 - B-9 on the Franklin Map of 1930., Initial construction began on May 1, 1930 and was completed on May 1, 1931 at a cost of $204,759.65. Construction of the new addition began on August 17, 1932 and was completed on April 20, 1933 at a cost $34,344.01, [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Side and rear exterior view of Bridgeville White School
Original building was 18 40-person classrooms, 4 20-person classrooms, auditorium, stage and dressing rooms, teachers' room, and principals office suites. There were boys' and girls' toilets on each floor. Building also contained 3 store rooms, boiler room, coal storage, electric service, kitchen, kitchen store room and cafeteria. Final measurement of the building was 570,500 cubic feet., #90 - B-9 on the Franklin Map of 1930., Initial construction began on May 1, 1930 and was completed on May 1, 1931 at a cost of $204,759.65. An addition was added in 1932., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Exterior view of Broadkiln White School prior to new construction
One room school in Sussex County as it looked before a new brick building was constructed in 1923. School was called Hackey Barney by its students., # 7 D-9 on the Franklin Map of 1930. Located on the Broadkill Rd. (Rt. 16) near Broadkill Beach off of former Rte. 14 (Rt. 1.), [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Front exterior view of newly constructed Broadkiln White School
Called Hackey Barney by its students, this red brick one-room schoolhouse in Sussex County provided education for eight grades., # 7 D-9 on the Franklin Map of 1930. Located on the Broadkill Rd. (Rt. 16) near Broadkill Beach off of former Rte. 14 (Rt. 1.), Construction began on August 6, 1923 and was completed on July 29, 1924 at a cost of $11,557.32.The school was located on a two acre parcel of land deeded to the State of Delaware by John and Mary Nields on August 26, 1924.The school was in service to students until August 1944 when schools were consolidated elsewhere. The building stood idle for 24 years and then used by the State Board of Elections followed by the Milton Chamber of Commerce. Eventually, the building was demolished., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Front and side exterior view of newly constructed Broadkiln White School
Called Hackey Barney by its students, this red brick one-room schoolhouse in Sussex County provided education for eight grades., # 7 D-9 on the Franklin Map of 1930. Located on the Broadkill Rd. (Rt. 16) near Broadkill Beach off of former Rte. 14 (Rt. 1.), Construction began on August 6, 1923 and was completed on July 29, 1924 at a cost of $11,557.32.The school was located on a two acre parcel of land deeded to the State of Delaware by John and Mary Nields on August 26, 1924.The school was in service to students until August 1944 when schools were consolidated elsewhere. The building stood idle for 24 years and then used by the State Board of Elections followed by the Milton Chamber of Commerce. Eventually, the building was demolished., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Side and rear exterior view of newly constructed Broadkiln White School
Called Hackey Barney by its students, this red brick one-room schoolhouse in Sussex County provided education for eight grades., # 7 D-9 on the Franklin Map of 1930. Located on the Broadkill Rd. (Rt. 16) near Broadkill Beach off of former Rte. 14 (Rt. 1.), Construction began on August 6, 1923 and was completed on July 29, 1924 at a cost of $11,557.32.The school was located on a two acre parcel of land deeded to the State of Delaware by John and Mary Nields on August 26, 1924.The school was in service to students until August 1944 when schools were consolidated elsewhere. The building stood idle for 24 years and then used by the State Board of Elections followed by the Milton Chamber of Commerce. Eventually, the building was demolished., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Front exterior view of former Broadkiln White School
Red-brick one-room former schoolhouse, # 7 D-9 on the Franklin Map of 1930. Located on the Broadkill Rd. (Rt. 16) near Broadkill Beach off of former Rte. 14 (Rt. 1.), The school was in service to students until August 1944 when schools were consolidated elsewhere. The building stood idle for 24 years and then was used by the State Board of Elections, and subsequently by the Milton Chamber of Commerce. Eventually, the building was demolished., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs (Accession 1969.044), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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