Devenney, Herbert (interviewee), Devenney, Edward (interviewee), Cammock, James (interviewee), Kindbeiter, James (interviewee), McKelvey, Frank (interviewer), MacKenzie, Jill (interviewer), Harris, Linda (interviewer)
Transcript of joint interview in which living and working on the Brandywine is discussed while on Hagley property. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Rhoads, J. Edgar (interviewee), Wilkinson, Norman B. (interviewer), Pizor, Faith (interviewer)
Rhoads describes the effects of the Great Depression on the company, improvements made to leather products, and employing African Americans. He also discusses changes in the company's buildings throughout the years. Rhoads recounts his civic endeavors, including working with the Boy Scouts, with the YMCA, and with various engineering and nature groups. He also describes how he sought to use the manpower of conscientious objectors, such as Quakers, to serve the country in other ways during wartime. He describes his impressions of World War I and World War II in detail, including his relief efforts in Germany. He also discusses his own education.
Smack, Taylor (interviewee), Hargreaves, Gregory (interviewer)
This interview took place on an enclosed porch adjacent to the dining balcony at Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, Virginia. Smack offers perspective on the complicated ways in which regulation shapes business; and how major business decisions at Blue Mountain Brewery were informed by regulation.
Voorhees, Bob (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer)
In his interview, Voorhees details his role in creating and the subsequent impact of the market for Nomex engineered structures in airplanes. The interview gives insight into the DuPont marketing organization and how it was managed.
Gregg describes her duties at Hagley. Her interview describes her courtship and early years of marriage with her husband, Pete, a grocer; a flu epidemic that she suffered during a pregnancy; her family history; daily life in Wilmington; and holiday and special traditions.
Schaefer, John Edgar (interviewee), Johnson, Dorothy (interviewer)
Schaefer describes his family's history and emigration to America, peeling willows during his childhood, daily chores, gardening, typical dress, weddings, and childhood amusements along the Brandywine.
Cheney discusses various household items her home contained and how they have changed. She also discusses baking bread, an explosion that caused her family to move, making soap for laundry, healthcare, her family's relationship with the du Pont family, her education, and her growing up years along the Brandywine, including chores and entertainments.
Lee, Harry E. (interviewee), Monigle, Joseph P. (interviewer), Wilkinson, Norman B. (interviewer)
Lee discusses his career at DuPont, including transportation, his impressions of various members of the du Pont family, the company during wartime, and an explosion at Hagley in 1914. He also briefly touches on daily life in Wilmington at this time.
Farber, Matthew (interviewee), Hargreaves, Gregory (interviewer)
This interview took place in the office of Dr. Farber on the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania campus of the University of the Sciences. Farber offers perspective on the science of brewing, and how it relates to the business and technology of the craft brewing industry. An expert on yeast, Farber's interview illustrates the craft brewing industry from the point of view of the laboratory.
Livingston, Richard Donnan, 1921-2010 (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer)
Dick Livingston begins his interview by discussing his early childhood, education, and his father's career with the DuPont Co. as an explosives expert. He then details his college education at Dartmouth and his military service in an Aircraft Repair Unit (ARU) in the South Pacific during World War II, mentioning his return trip in which he was allowed to set up a cot in the wheelhouse of a Liberty ship. He then describes his work at the DuPont Buffalo Rayon plant, going into detail about the aging machinery in the facility and his work replacing lead-covered materials with more modern corrosion-resistant materials.
Livingston remarks on his shift from supervisor to engineering associate at the Seaford Nylon plant, a newly created position which he describes as a sideways career move. He discusses a major project he worked on in this position during the 1970s to monitor and predict chemical changes in the nylon production process, in part by employing pioneering computer simulation software to calculate flows, temperature changes, degrees of polymerization, and other variables. The project resulted in a significant reference manual, and Livingston mentions being honored for his work when DuPont Co. named a room for him at its Singapore facilities. He finally spends some time speaking of his post-retirement role as a consultant for the company.
Rogerro, Meriggi, C. Natalie Rogerro Natalie (interviewee), Bennett, Peggy (interviewer)
Meriggi describes the differences between the Gibbons house during the interview and when she lived in it. She also describes various family possessions and how they were used or placed in the house, as well as daily chores.
Lynch, William Frederick (interviewee), Monigle, Joseph P. (interviewer), Wilkinson, Norman B. (interviewer)
Lynch describes the opening of the Experimental Station, explosions that occurred during his working career, his job responsibilities, and his work on the volunteer fire company. He also discusses the company during World War I and his impressions of du Pont family members.
Leto describes life along the Brandywine, including christenings, her grandmother's home and garden, her education, and entertainments and amusements. She also describes her family's history and emigration from Italy, Christmas traditions, and impression of various du Pont family members.