Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs

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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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Saltpeter refinery at Eleutherian Mills (Upper Yard)
Note by Macklem dated 1928 March 9: "In the background can be seen the residence of E.I. du Pont de Nemours, erected by him early in the last century and occupied by him as a home until the time of his death, after which his second son Henry du Pont lived here until his death in August 1889. The property now belongs to the estate of Col. Henry A. du Pont, the oldest son of Henry du Pont."
Saltpeter refinery at Eleutherian Mills (Upper Yard)
Note by Macklem dated 1928 March 9: "In the background can be seen the residence of E.I. du Pont de Nemours, erected by him early in the last century and occupied by him as a home until the time of his death, after which his second son Henry du Pont lived here until his death in August 1889. The property now belongs to the estate of Col. Henry A. du Pont, the oldest son of Henry du Pont."
Wreck of the Major Reybold
Description from donor: "Tied up at Pusey and Jones wharf, looking upstream. Note old Market St. Bridge in background and old Warner Co. buildings on south side of Christina River."
Wreck of S.M. Felton
Name of boat on board, right side of upper deck rail.
Gasoline traction engine designed by Alfred I. du Pont
Left to right identified by Bader: "Mike Maloney, Ed Bader at controls, 'Expert' from New York, William Houston (foreman of the machine shop)."
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.
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.
Members of the Meadowbrook Club Fife & Drum Corps and other young men from Henry Clay, Delaware
Left to right: Harry Deer, Daniel Walsh, Thomas Jackson, Clifford Blakely, Joseph Sheppard, Edward Beacom, Garrett Miller, Joseph Williams, Raymond Johnson, Edward Cheney, Joseph Consono, Lee Knox, and Arthur Jackson. Donor identifies location as "on the stone wall...between the House and the sand pile."
Meadowbrook Fife and Drum Corps
Back row: Joseph Williams, Cornelius Dougherty, Daniel Walsh, Edward Beacom, John Russel (Leader of Corps), Edward Cheney, Thomas Jackson, Edward Williams, and Joseph Sheppard. Front row: Edward Andrews, John McElhinney, John Gamble, George Russel (Mascot), and George Buchanan.
Meadowbrook Fife and Drum Corps
Back row: Joseph Williams, Cornelius Dougherty, Daniel Walsh, Edward Beacom, John Russel (Leader of Corps), Edward Cheney, Thomas Jackson, Edward Williams, and Joseph Sheppard. Front row: Edward Andrews, George Russel (Mascot), John McElhinney, John Gamble, and George Buchanan.
William Betty family at Wagoner's Row
Left to right: William Betty, George Betty, Mrs. Betty, Faith Betty (Mrs. Lattomus).
Children of DuPont Co. workers
House in Upper Banks on or near site of Hagley Library. Back row: Harry Snyder, William (or Harry) Toomey, Isabel Snyder, Madaline Betty. Front row: William Betty, Faith Betty, George Betty, and William Snyder.

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