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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Lower Hagley Yard Dam
Powder house in powder yard. Looking upstream past Holly Island on right.
Testing area for powder, DuPont Experimental Station
View through doorway and down hall showing apparatus to test powder.
Ice skating on Brandywine Creek
Skating near DuPont Co. Lower Yard.
Skating on Brandywine Creek above Breck's Dam
Henry Clay mill visible upstream. Walker's Banks on right. Christ Church spire in distance.
Ice jam on Creek Road (Main Street) along Brandywine Creek in Henry Clay, Delaware
Buildings left to right: Charles I. du Pont house, Pigeon Hole Row, Long Row. Rolling mills visible at far right.
High water on Creek Road (Main Street) along Brandywine Creek in Henry Clay, Delaware
Buildings left to right: Charles I. du Pont house, Long Row.
Breck's Lane in Henry Clay, Delaware, in snow
Stable of Lammot du Pont , Jr. visible at right
Swamp Hall, on Breck's Lane
Written caption: "Irenee du Pont's house, later Alfred I. du Pont's (his son)."
Horses of B.G. (Bessie Gardner) du Pont, Swamp Hall
Rokeby barn visible in background.
Horse-drawn gunpowder wagon Deadwood, South Dakota
Man at left, on horseback, identified as Arthur Simpson (brother of W.S. Simpson, DuPont employee). Man at right with gun cradled in arms is identified as Robert Divinnell.
Powdermen's Outing
Front Row: Man with crutch - Pierre Gentieu, Next to him - Alfred I. du Pont (on Gentieu's left), Man kneeling on front row in straw hat - Mike Maloney (blacksmith). Last row, fourteenth from right, lower deck: Mr. Hoover (standing).

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