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 Mary Braden Jackson, 1986 July 13 [transcript]
Transcript of second interview with Mary Jackson who continues to recall her time growing up along the Brandywine as well as her family history and acquaintances from that time. The interview took place in Newark, Delaware.
Interview with Mary Braden Jackson, 1986 August 17 [transcript]
Transcript of third interview with Mary Jackson who shares her memories about growing up in the Hagley area. The interview took place in Newark, 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.
Interview with James Kindbeiter, 1984 April 13 [transcript]
Transcript of the second part of an interview with James Kindbeiter who grew up along the Brandywine and recalls home and social life in the area. The interview took place in Claymont, Delaware.
Interview with William Ball "Billy" Montgomery, 1988 April 29 [transcript]
Transcript of second interview with William "Billy" Montgomery who continues to recall what life was like growing up along the Brandywine. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Catherine Hackendorn Sheldrick, 1984 March 28 [transcript]
Transcript of third interview with Catherine Sheldrick who continues to recall what her life was like growing up on the Brandywine. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.