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 Margaret Headley, 1984 February 22 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Margaret Headley who grew up near Hagley and had a number of relatives who were employed there.
Interview with C. Natalie Rogerro Meriggi, 1984 June 20 [transcript]
Transcript of second interview with Natalie Meriggi who continues to recall what life was like growing up along the Brandywine. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Mary Perrone, 1984 February 22 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Marry Perrone who lived in Squirrel Run for seven years during her youth. The interview took place in Hockessin, Delaware.
Rocco Perrone, Margaret Perrone, Victorine Camoirano, and Mary Oliverri Guerrina, 1985 March 12 [transcript]
Transcript of interview conducted primarily with Margaret and Rocco Perrone but which also included Victorine Camoriano and Mary Guerrina and is about their youth in Squirrel Run. The interview took place in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.