Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
About this collection
A collection of approximately 200 interviews conducted between 1953 and 1990 with people who lived and worked in New Castle County, Delaware. The recollections of the subjects cover a period from about 1900 to 1960. While the majority of the interviews are with those who have a connection with the DuPont Company or du Pont family either as employees or inhabitants of the area surrounding the company's operation on the Brandywine River, the collection also includes interviews with those who worked in other industries in Delaware during this era such as Hodgson Woolen Mill, Lobdell Car Wheel Company, Hoopes Brother & Darlington, and Joseph Bancroft & Sons. In addition to documenting work and labor during this period, the interviewers delve deeply into the social and cultural lives of their subjects. Issues related to domesticity, gender, education, childhood, ethnicity, medicine, etc. are among the topics covered in the interviews. Also of note are interviews with a journalist (Fred Reybold) and an early broadcaster (Willard Wilson) who worked in Delaware.
Transcript of interview with Katherine Collison recalling life on the Brandywine while living in Belin House during the time her father was a bookeeper. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Transcript of interview with Samuel Hackendorn who lived in Charles Banks, Squirrel Run, and Free Park while his father worked in the Hagley Yard grinding mill. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Transcript of interview with John E. Krauss who worked for the DuPont Personnel Department and who also lived in Squirrel Run while his father worked in the powder yards The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Transcript of interview with Louise Poole whose husband Edward worked at the Experimental Station and recounts her own work volunteering as well as her family geneology. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Transcript of interview with Daniel Shields who grew up on the Brandywine while his father worked in the charcoal building, and later on went onto work for DuPont as well, including on the company farm.