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 Ferdinand D. Bickel, 1969 June 12, 1969 June 25 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Ferdinand D. Bickel who worked for DuPont's explosives department. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Franklin W. Bradway, 1958 February [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Franklin W. Bradway recalling his time workig for DuPont as a chemist. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Joseph M. Campbell, 1957 August 15 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Joseph M. Campbell who worked for DuPont in the Hagley yards. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with William T. Cloud [transcript]
Transcript of interview with William Cloud who worked for DuPont in explosive work. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Thomas E. Doremus, 1958 January 10 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Thomas Doremus who worked in the powder industry. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with John A. Dougherty, 1956 October 19 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with John Dougherty who worked as a DuPont powder employee. 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 Pierre Ferraro and Eugene Ferraro, 1955 June 13 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with brothers Pierre and Eugene Ferraro who both worked for DuPont and lived at Walkers Bank. 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 Benjamin F. Foster, 1964 February [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Benjamin Foster who worked for the Power Division of Engineering Department. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Francis J. Friel, 1960 September 20 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Francis Friel who worked as a chemist for DuPont. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Joseph A. Haley, 1955 February 23 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Joseph Haley who worked at Hagley's powder yards. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Joseph B. Kauss, 1969 July 11 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Joseph B. Kauss who recalled working for DuPont while driving around the powder yards. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Charles H. Lickle, 1968 June 13 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Charles Lickle who worked in Hagley Yards. 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 Henri Lindsey, 1968 August 22 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Henri Lindsey who worked for Repauno Chemical which was acquired by DuPont. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with F.L. (Les) Mathewson, 1968 July 3 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Les Mathewson who grew up on the Brandywine and later on worked for DuPont. The interview took place in Montchanin, Delaware.
Interview with John E. Miller, 1960 June 23 [transcript]
Transcript of interview wtih John E. Miller who worked for fifty years in DuPont's explosives department. The interview took place in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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 John Peoples, 1957 June 13 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with John Peoples who who lived at the Keg Mill and worked in the Keg factory. 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 Martin Luther Valentine, 1974 January [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Martin L. Valentine, a DuPont employee of 47 years in explosives. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Walter Aurand, 1981 May 14 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Walter Aurand who worked for DuPont in the Experimental Station as a chemist.
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 Helen Edwards, 1986 April 16 [transcript]
Transcript of second interview with Helen Edwards who worked in the powder mills. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.

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