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 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 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 Ann Hudson (Mrs. Joseph Hudson), 1968 August 1 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Ann Hudson recalling life on the Upper Banks while her father worked as a powder man at the Experimental Station. 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 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 Clarence A. Fahs [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Clarence A. Fahs who was a machinist for DuPont. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Harvey L. Fell, 1968 June 10, 1968 June 17 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Harvey Fell who worked for DuPont, including work on the company farm. 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.
John M. Johnson and Franklin Hanway, 1969 August 26 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Franklin Hanway and John Johnson who were both employed at Longwood. The interview took place in Hamorton, Pennsylvania.
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 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 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 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 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 Theodore "Ted" Pennock, 1968 August 23 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Ted Pennock who worked in the Hagley Machine Shop. 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 Luther D. Reed [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Luther Reed who worked in sales, managerial, and personnel positions for DuPont and who was involved with forming the foundation at Hagley as well as its early development. 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 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.

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