Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley

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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.

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Interview with Faith Betty Lattomus and Madaline Betty Walls, 1969 June 12, 1969 June 25 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Faith Betty Lattomus and Madaline Betty Walls recalling their time growing up along the Brandywine. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Elizabeth Beacom, 1967 May 29 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Elizabeth Beacom about her time living in Squirrel Run while her father worked for the DuPont refinery. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with William H. Buchanan, 1958 August 7 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with William H. Buchanan recalling life on the Brandywine while his father worked for DuPont. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Dennis Buckley, 1975 January 10 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Dennis Buckely recalling his youth growing up on the Brandywine. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Catherine Cheney, 1964 April 3 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Catherine Cheney who lived in Free Park and whose grandfather and father were guards at Hagley mills. The interview took place in New Castle, Delaware.
Interview with Martin Dillon, 1969 July 28 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Martin Dillon who assisted his father with willow hauling for DuPont and had a farm in Avondale, Pennsylvania. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Bruce Green, 1974 March 28 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Bruce Green, whose father worked for DuPont. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Samuel Hackendorn, 1958 July 24 [transcript]
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.
Interview with Clement Hoopes, 1969 July 3 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Clement Hoopes whose father worked in the powder yards. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with John E. Krauss, 1958 May 14, 28 [transcript]
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.
Interview with Robert E. Pyle Sr., 1958 October 27 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Robert Pyle who grew up in Wilmington and later worked for DuPont. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Aloysius Rowe, 1968 August 12 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Aloysius Rowe who grew up on the Brandywine and worked for Hodgson's Woolen Mill, Reading Railroad, and the DuPont Company. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Richard F. Rowe, 1968 July 9 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Richard Rowe who grew up on the Brandywine and worked at Hodgson's Woolen Mill before moving on to work in carpentry. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Daniel F. Shields, 1958 March 19 [transcript]
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.
Interview with Daniel Toomey, 1969 August 7 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Daniel Toomey who grew up along the Brandywine and whose father was killed in a powder explosion. The interview took place in Stanton, Delaware.
Interview with Eugene Bruno, 1981 March 12 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Eugene Bruno who lived in Squirrel Run and whose father worked in Hagley Yards. The interview took place in Elsmere, Delaware.
Interview with Eugene Bruno, 1984 June 11 [transcript]
Transcript of second interview conducted with Eugene Bruno who recounts his childhood on the Brandywine. The interview took place in Elsmere, Delaware.
Interview with James Cammock, 1984 April 9 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with James Cammock who lived on Brecks Lane and whose father worked for Hagley and was killed in an explosion. The interview took place in Elsmere, Delaware.
Interview with James Cammock, 1984 July 24 [transcript]
Transcript of third interview with James Cammock. The interview took place in Elsmere, Delaware.
Interview with Catherine Cheney, 1984 February 15 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Catherine Cheney who lived in Free Park and discusses gardening there. The interview took place in New Castle, Delaware.
Interview with Catherine Cheney, 1984 March 26 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Catherine Cheney who lived in Free Park and continues a discussion on workers' gardens. The interview took place in New Castle, Delaware.
Interview with Catherine Cheney, 1987 October 2 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Catherine Cheney who discusses home life in Free Park. The interview took place in New Castle, Delaware.
Interview with Catherine Cheney, 1987 February 3 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Catherine Cheney who discusses growing up on the Brandywine in Free Park.
Interview with Alfred Dougherty, 1984 June 29 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Alfred Dougherty whose father was a leather manufacturer in the yards and whose grandfather was a powderman. The interview took place in Greenville, Delaware.
Interview with Ella Fitzharris, 1980 May 5 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Ella Fitzharris who recounts life on the Brandywine while her father worked at the powder mill and Experimental Station. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.

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