Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs

About this collection

Hagley Museum staff conducted a series oral history interviews between 1954 and 1990, speaking primarily with individuals who had worked at the DuPont Company powder yards on Brandywine Creek during the yards’ final decades of operation or who had lived near the yards as spouses or children of DuPont Co. workers. Some of the individuals who were interviewed donated, lent for copying, or provided information on the photographs in this collection. The images primarily depict the worker communities which surrounded the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company powder yards on Brandywine Creek or the powder yards themselves. For a detailed description of the entire collection, click here to view the finding aid.

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Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad bridge at the Augustine Cut off, Wilmington, Delaware
Vehicle bridge visible in background. Foot bridge (Swinging Bridge), Brandywine Park, in foreground.
Alfred I. du Pont with men from Henry Clay, Delaware at his Cherry Island, Maryland property
From left: George Cook, Alfred I. du Pont holding James Bromwell's grandson, Jim Cook, Casenove Gardner, the driver Mr. Edgar, and Ben Fletcher.
View from Rockford Tower looking north and west toward Kennett Pike
Typed caption: "Charles Copeland home right of center; visible on Kennett Pike is stable of St. Amour, A. Felix du Pont home (Elton), Ernest du Pont home, and Alexis I. du Pont School."
Looking north on Kennett Pike at Tower Road, after sleet storm
Spire of Green Hill Presbyterian Church visible at left.
Rolling mills in Hagley Yard
Roll mills 19 and 20. Stack of steam power plant visible in background.
Coal car in Hagley Yard
Race-way track and new dam at lower end Hagley Yard, showing coal tar and upper race waste-way to the left.
Alfred I. du Pont and DuPont Co. powder yard workers at company outing
From left (identification by donor): Mike Maloney, Peter Pursue, Sam Ferraro (seated, hand on walking stick), Victor Sauspin (thin face, large black hat, back of Ferraro), Harry Broden (derby, rear, right of Alfred I. du Pont), Felix Flanigan (behind Alfred I. du Pont), Tom Leach (next to Felix Flanigan), Pat Welsh (next to Leach), James Marten (right, front, straw hat, folded hands), Don Shields (left of Marten, white mustache, derby), Benny Watson (next to Shields), Gene Marten (second from right), Philip Dougherty (far right), Harry Muller (seated, far right), William Horty (next to Muller), and Alfred I. du Pont (center with knickers).
Foundry yard workers in the foundry yard behind the Machine Shop
Left to right: Billy Walters, foundry boss and pattern maker; unidentified laborer; Harry Dadds, molder.
DuPont Co. employees
Possibly taken at Hagley Yard or Wilmington Shops. Men in photograph include: Bill McCandless, Dan Dougherty, Bill Stewart, Johnny Deighan, Edgar Schaefer, Jean Martin, Tom Seery, Charlie Downey, Ned Davis, Michael Bonner, Charles Taylor, and Johnson Stillwell.