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 Edgar Dill Peoples, 1988 April 2 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Edgar Peoples who worked for DuPont and who lived in Squirrel Run in his youth while his father worked in the powder yards. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Mary Perrone, 1984 July 24 [transcript]
Transcript of second interview with Mary Perrone who recalls life along the Brandywine. The interview took place in Hockessin, Delaware.
Interview with Mary Perrone, 1984 February 22 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Marry Perrone who lived in Squirrel Run for seven years during her youth. The interview took place in Hockessin, Delaware.
Rocco Perrone, Margaret Perrone, Victorine Camoirano, and Mary Oliverri Guerrina, 1985 March 12 [transcript]
Transcript of interview conducted primarily with Margaret and Rocco Perrone but which also included Victorine Camoriano and Mary Guerrina and is about their youth in Squirrel Run. The interview took place in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Interview with Rocco Perrone, 1984 July 10 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Rocco Perrone who lived in Squirrel Run as well as the du Pont estate while his father worked for Colonel Henry A. du Pont. The interview took place in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
Interview with John Schaefer, 1988 April 16 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with John Schaefer who grew up living in Henry Clay and whose father, grandfather, and great grandfather all worked for DuPont. 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.
Interview with Catherine Hackendorn Sheldrick, 1989 January 17 [transcript]
Transcript of fifth interview with Catherine Sheldrick who talks about chores and daily life while living along the Brandywine. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Arthur Sykes, 1984 March 8 [transcript]
Transcript of second interview with Arthur Sykes who lived across from the Hall of Records while his father worked as a machinist for DuPont and who later also went on to work for DuPont. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Arthur Sykes, 1984 March 21 [transcript]
Transcript of phone interview conducted with Arthur Sykes concerning marble playing. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Jane "Jenny" Toomey, 1985 February 12 [transcript]
Transcript of second interview with Jenny Toomey who recalls life along the Brandywine. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Interview with Carl Wise, 1984 February 27 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Carl Wise who did not live or work in the Hagley area but does have reminisces of the area and daily life in Wilmington.
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.
Interview with Blanche MacAdoo Yetter, 1984 July 25 [transcript]
Transcript of third interview with Blanche Yetter who recalls her time on the Brandywine, in particular vegetable and ornamental gardening. The interview took place in Claymont, Delaware.
Interview with Blanche MacAdoo Yetter, 1985 February 19 [transcript]
Transcript of fourth interview with Blanche Yetter who discusses her life on the Brandywine as a youth. The interview took place in Claymont, Delaware.
Interview with Edwin Zeuner, 1984 June 26 [transcript]
Transcript of interview with Edwin Zeuner who lived in Wilmington but had a lot of acquaintances in the powder yards and whose father was a millwright for Dupont. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.

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