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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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."
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."
Alexis I. du Pont School, Class of 1900
From left: William Briggs, Lily Shepard, Alfred Mathewson
Alexis I. du Pont School students
From left: Alfred Mathewson, Annie Evans, Fred Evans.
Alexis I. du Pont School students
Back row: far left is Alfred Mathewson, third from left is Edith Lowther. Rest are unidentified.
Hagley workmen in saloon, possibly Robinson's saloon in Wilmington, Delaware
Left to right: Walker Mathewson, bartender Bill Hearn, Jeff Blakeley, and Les Robinson.

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