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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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 toward Wilmington
Looking down Red Oak Road, Rockford Village to left.
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."
Employees in New Machine Shop at Hagley Yard
Identification by Edward L. Bader: Back row left to right: E.M. Taylor (Shop Superintendent), Ed Bader, and Fred Ivins. Front row left to right: William Waterbury, Duncan Thatcher.
Two young men in front of New Machine Shop near Hagley Yard gates
Horse-drawn wagon visible in front of Machine Shop.
Men posing at Rockford Tower construction site
Man at far right: W. Jeff Blakeley, tavern keeper on Rising Sun Lane.
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.
Rolling mills, lower Hagley yard
Written caption: "This is the graining or corning mill, H-19 in the Hagley Property Survey (1961). Image may be reversed."

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