John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs

About this collection

John W. Macklem (1867-1948) began working for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as an errand boy at a young age and remained with the company his entire career. His collection of photographs, dating to the early twentieth century, depicts the landscape and buildings at the DuPont explosives’ manufacturing plants along Brandywine Creek near Wilmington, Delaware. On the back of each of the photographs, Macklem wrote extensive captions on the history of the site. For a detailed description of the collection, click here to view the finding aid.

    Image: Rolling mills in Upper Hagley Yard. Click to view.

Upper Yard acid house
Portion of refinery visible on left and corner of Eagle Dry House visible on right., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Upper Yard old coal house
Former coal house used for burning charcoal., Coal house built late 1880s at upper end of Eleutherian Works in location commonly known as the 'Wilderness.', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Brandywine - Eleutherian Mills charcoal houses
Lower Coal House, where wood was charred into charcoal., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
First residence of E. I. du Pont de Nemours at Upper Yard
When it was no longer used as a residence, the building was used as a storehouse for saltpeter, sodium nitrate, and potash., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
First office of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company erected on the Brandywine
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Nemours, residence of Alfred Victor du Pont
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Summer house at Nemours, residence of Alfred Victor du Pont
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Yard at Nemours, residence of Alfred Victor du Pont
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Soda House at Upper Yard
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Specific Gravity House
Located 'across the road and almost in front of the Eagle Packing House.', [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Superintendent's yard house (Belin House)
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Spring House (Alexis I. du Pont home; Belin House)
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Gate No. 10 (Blacksmith Gate)
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Hagley House, residence of Alexis I. du Pont
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Hagley Yard near Blacksmith Gate No. 10
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Rumford Dawes house
Millwright and machine shops visible on the left. Eagle Rolling Wheel Mills visible on right among the trees., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Brandywine Manufacturers Sunday School Building
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lower Louviers, residence of Charles Irénée du Pont
Located on Brandywine Hundred side of Brandywine Creek., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Summer house at Lower Louviers, residence of Charles Irénée du Pont
Located on Brandywine Hundred side of Brandywine Creek., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Employees' housing on Duck Street near Lower Louviers
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Demolition of Press Room at extreme lower end of Eleutherian Works
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Demolition of Press Room at extreme lower end of Eleutherian Works
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Eagle Dry House
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Upper Corning Mill and old Glazing Mill on Brandywine Creek
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Graining Mill (Corning Mill) in Upper Hagley Yard
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Graining Mill (Corning Mill) in Upper Hagley Yard
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Eagle Packing House
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Eagle Packing House, rear view
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Upper Press House at Hagley Yard
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lady Wheel Mill at Hagley Yard
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lower Yard rolling mills
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Birkenhead Wheel Mill
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Breck's Mill (Hagley Hall)
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Sam Frizzell's store on Main Street, Henry Clay Factory
Building destroyed by fire between 1890 and 1900., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Saltpeter refinery in Upper Yard
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Saltpeter refinery in Upper Yard
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Saltpeter refinery Upper Yard, showing the boiler house
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company Upper Yard
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lower Yard rolling mills after 1889 explosion
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Lower Yard rolling mills after 1889 explosion
Mr. and Mrs. Francis G. du Pont visible on left., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Upright press on Brandywine Hundred section of Hagley Yard
Upright press used for making hexagonal and sphero-hexagonal powder., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Rolling mills in Upper Hagley Yard
Located just below the Graining Mill., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Rising Sun Lane wooden covered bridge
[Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Looking downstream from Barley Mill Lane area
Walker's Banks (left), Breck's Mill (right), [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs (Accession 1968.010), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807