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 George Macklem, 1984 May 13 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with George Macklem recalling his family history and who had many relatives who worked in the Hagley area, including his father who was a machinist in the machine shop. The interview took place in Arden, Delaware.
Interview with Faith Betty Lattomus, 1984 April 19 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Faith Lattomus who lived on the Upper Banks as well as Wagoners Row. The interview took place in Montchanin, Delaware.
Interview with C. Natalie Rogerro Meriggi, 1984 July 24 [transcript]
Transcript of third interview with Natalie Meriggi in which she recounts ornamental and vegetable gardening in houses along the Brandywine. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with William Henry Miller, 1984 February 16 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with William Miller in which he reads from an interview with Alfred I. du Pont about the Miller family. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Richard Toy, 1984 August 16 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Richard Toy who discusses the geneological history of his family. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Master index to Brandywine Valley oral histories
Index split into "first" and "second" generation interviews. First generation comprises interviews conducted prior to 1980. Second generation comprises interviews conducted between 1980 and 1990.