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 Edward L. Bader, 1956 November 23 [transcript]
Transcript of interview conducted with Edward L. Bader about his time working in the mills for DuPont. 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 Mary Hazzard Collins, 1974 March [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Mary Hazzard Collins who worked as a forelady and elevator operator for DuPont. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Katherine Collison, 1954 September, 1955 January [transcript]
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.
Interview with Philip Dougherty [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Philip Dougherty who worked in the Henry Clay Keg Factory. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with William F. Flanigan [transcript]
Transcript of interview with William Flanigan recalling life on the Brandywine and in the powder mills while his father was employed by DuPont. 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 Harry E. Lee, 1955 February 2 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Harry Lee who worked at the Experimental Station and lived for a time in the Upper Banks area. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with William Frederick Lynch, 1956 October 5 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with William Frederick Lych who was employed in the powder yards and has many memories about life in the area. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Vance Mitchell with Joseph Dougherty, 1968 July 12 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Vance Mitchell who worked in the hauling business and was employed hauling powder for Hagley yard during World War I. The interview took place in New Castle, 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 Ralph Beech Brown, 1981 April 28 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Ralph Brown who worked in the Hagley Yards. The interview took place in Wilmington, 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, 1987 February 3 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Catherine Cheney who discusses growing up on the Brandywine in Free Park.
Interview with James Dever [transcript]
Transcript of interview with James Dever who was employed at Hagley farm and as a hauler for the powder yards who lived on Wagoners Row and Squirrel Run.
Interview with Helen Edwards, 1984 March 8 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Helen Edwards who worked in the powder mills during World War I. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Ella Fitzharris, 1985 August 8 [transcript]
Transcript of third interview with Ella Fitzharris who recounts domestic and social life on the Brandywine. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Mary Sweeney Gibson [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Mary Gibson who lived on the Upper Banks while her father worked at the powder mills. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Bertha Gregg, 1989 March [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Bertha Gregg who worked in the powder mills for a short time. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.

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