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 William Stewart Allmond, 1969 June 10, July 3 [transcript]
Transcript of interview conducted with W. Stewart Allmond who worked in the foundry business. The interview took place in Newark, Delaware.
Interview Catherine C. Irving (Mrs. A. Duer Irving), 1974 February 21 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Catherine C. Irving recalling her memories of Louise du Pont Crowninshield. 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 George Christ, 1969 July 23 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with George Christ who worked for the Hoopes Brothers and Darlington Company. The interview took place in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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 Alfred Evans, May 1973 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Alfred Evans who was a chauffer for Louise Crowninshield. The interview took place in Boca Grande, Florida.
Interview with Thomas Hoopes, 1969 July 23 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Thomas Hoopes who worked for the Hoopes Borthers and Darlington Company. The interview took place in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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 Joseph H. Martin, 1956 November 8-9 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Joseph Martin who has many memories of members of the du Pont family, as well as area politics. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Les Mathewson, undated and 1976 September 3 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Les Mathewson on stone quarrying.
Interview with Louise F. Poole, 1974 March 4 [transcript]
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.
Interview with Frederick K. Reybold, 1968 August 8 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Frederick Reybold who was a newspaper reporter who often came into contact with du Pont family members and covered activity in the company. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Edwin G. Smyth, 1974 January 29 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Edwin Smyth who did contract work on Hagley homes and whose father worked for Hagley in the powder yards. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Frank T. Stirlith, 1960 January 12, 1960 January 14 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Frank Stirlith who was a long time Wilmington resident and businessman who came into contact with members of the du Pont family. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Willard S. Wilson, 1977 June 2 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Willard Wilson who worked in radio broadcasting in Wilmington.
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 Thomas Dunlop, 1985 April 19 [transcript]
Transcript of third interview with Thomas Dunlop who continues to discuss life on the Brandywine. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Donald Hallam, 1980 September 2 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Donald Hallam who grew up along the Brandywine while his father worked for Bancroft Mills. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Ethel Jones Hayward, 1987 April 21 [transcript]
Transcript of fourth interview with Ethel Hayward who continues to recall her childhood along the Brandywine. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Ethel Jones Hayward, 1989 January 18 [transcript]
Transcript of fifth interview with Ethel Hayward who recalls home life along the Brandywine in her youth. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Katherine Kindbeiter Hazzard, 1984 March 21 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Katherine Hazzard who grew up in Walkers Banks. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Katherine Kindbeiter Hazzard, 1985 May 11 [transcript]
Transcript of fourth interview with Katherine Hazzard who recalls traditions in her youth while growing up along the Brandywine. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Mary Braden Jackson, 1989 January 19 [transcript]
Transcript of fifth and final interview with Mary Jackson who remembers details about her youth along the Brandywine. The interview took place in Newark, Delaware.
Interview with Eleanor Kane, 1984 February 21 [transcript]
Transcript of interview wtih Eleanor Kane who spent a lot of time visiting Free Park and whose mother grew up there. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with James Kindbeiter, 1984 April 6 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with James Kindbeiter who grew up in Walkers Bank. The interview took place in Claymont, Delaware.

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