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 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 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 James Cammock, 1984 April 9 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with James Cammock who lived on Brecks Lane and whose father worked for Hagley and was killed in an explosion. The interview took place in Elsmere, Delaware.
Interview with James Cammock, 1984 July 24 [transcript]
Transcript of third interview with James Cammock. The interview took place in Elsmere, Delaware.
Interview with Catherine Cheney, 1984 February 15 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Catherine Cheney who lived in Free Park and discusses gardening there. The interview took place in New Castle, Delaware.
Interview with Catherine Cheney, 1984 March 26 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Catherine Cheney who lived in Free Park and continues a discussion on workers' gardens. The interview took place in New Castle, Delaware.
Interview with Catherine Cheney, 1987 October 2 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Catherine Cheney who discusses home life in Free Park. The interview took place in New Castle, Delaware.
Interview with Catherine Cheney, 1987 February 3 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Catherine Cheney who discusses growing up on the Brandywine in Free Park.
Interview with James Dever [transcript]
Transcript of interview with James Dever who was employed at Hagley farm and as a hauler for the powder yards who lived on Wagoners Row and Squirrel Run.
Interview with Alfred Dougherty, 1984 June 29 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Alfred Dougherty whose father was a leather manufacturer in the yards and whose grandfather was a powderman. The interview took place in Greenville, 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 Helen Edwards, 1984 March 8 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Helen Edwards who worked in the powder mills during World War I. 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.
Interview with Albert Rider "Slick" Ely, 1988 September 24 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Albert Rider Ely who discusses gun powder testing devices. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Ella Fitzharris, 1980 May 5 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Ella Fitzharris who recounts life on the Brandywine while her father worked at the powder mill and Experimental Station. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Ella Fitzharris, 1985 August 8 [transcript]
Transcript of third interview with Ella Fitzharris who recounts domestic and social life on the Brandywine. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with James Gamble, 1984 June 21 [transcript]
Transcript of third interview with James Gamble who discusses his family and growing up on the Brandywine. The interview took place in Claymont, Delaware.
Interview with Mary Sweeney Gibson [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Mary Gibson who lived on the Upper Banks while her father worked at the powder mills. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Bertha Gregg, 1989 March [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Bertha Gregg who worked in the powder mills for a short time. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Anthony W. Grieco, 1988 October 7 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Anthony Grieco who worked in the mills for DuPont. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Reefa Hackendorn, 1989 July 12 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Reefa Hackendorn whose husband lived along the Brandywine and worked in the powder yards. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Ethel Jones Hayward, 1983 August 23 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Ethel Hayward who grew up along the Brandywine and whose father worked in the powder mills and later in the powder laboratory. 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.

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