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 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 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 Les Mathewson, undated and 1976 September 3 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Les Mathewson on stone quarrying.
Interview with John E. Miller, 1960 June 23 [transcript]
Transcript of interview wtih John E. Miller who worked for fifty years in DuPont's explosives department. The interview took place in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
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 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 James F. Toy Sr., 1964 April 20 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with James Toy who worked for DuPont including work on homes for members of the du Pont family. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Martin Luther Valentine, 1974 January [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Martin L. Valentine, a DuPont employee of 47 years in explosives. 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 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 Willard B. Crichton and Patsy Crichton, 1985 March 6 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Willard and Patsy Crichton regarding Belin House and other buildings and structures on Hagley grounds. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
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 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.

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