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.
Exterior view of Thomas F. Bayard School
Located in New Castle County with 32 rooms.
Exterior view of Berrytown Colored School prior to new construction
One-room schoolhouse prior to construction of new building.
Exterior view of Blackiston Colored School prior to new construction
One-room school located in Kent County prior to construction of new building.
Exterior view of Blackwater Colored School prior to new construction
One-room schoolhouse in Sussex County prior to construction of new building.
Front exterior view of newly constructed Blackwater Colored School #207
Newly constructed one room school in Sussex County.
Rear exterior view of newly constructed Blackwater Colored School #207
Newly constructed one room school in Sussex County.
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.
Exterior view of Blockson Colored School prior to new construction
Original one room school building used before construction of new building.
Rear exterior view of new Blockson Colored School
One room school in Sussex County, Delaware.
Front exterior view of new Blockson Colored School
One room school in Sussex County, Delaware.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Front exterior view of former Broadkiln White School
Red-brick one-room former schoolhouse

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