Brandywine Valley oral history interviewees' photographs

About this collection

Hagley Museum staff conducted a series oral history interviews between 1954 and 1990, speaking primarily with individuals who had worked at the DuPont Company powder yards on Brandywine Creek during the yards’ final decades of operation or who had lived near the yards as spouses or children of DuPont Co. workers. Some of the individuals who were interviewed donated, lent for copying, or provided information on the photographs in this collection. The images primarily depict the worker communities which surrounded the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company powder yards on Brandywine Creek or the powder yards themselves. For a detailed description of the entire collection, click here to view the finding aid.

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Alfred I. du Pont and DuPont Co. powder yard workers at company outing
From left (identification by donor): Mike Maloney, Peter Pursue, Sam Ferraro (seated, hand on walking stick), Victor Sauspin (thin face, large black hat, back of Ferraro), Harry Broden (derby, rear, right of Alfred I. du Pont), Felix Flanigan (behind Alfred I. du Pont), Tom Leach (next to Felix Flanigan), Pat Welsh (next to Leach), James Marten (right, front, straw hat, folded hands), Don Shields (left of Marten, white mustache, derby), Benny Watson (next to Shields), Gene Marten (second from right), Philip Dougherty (far right), Harry Muller (seated, far right), William Horty (next to Muller), and Alfred I. du Pont (center with knickers).
Alfred I. du Pont's Orchestra in Breck's Mill
Taken in Breck's Mill Electric Shop. Left to right: William Hearn, Michael Maloney, George Gentieu, Alfred (Charles) Maxwell, James Casey (Pat's Son), Walker Mathewson, and Alfred Mathewson.
Foundry yard workers in the foundry yard behind the Machine Shop
Left to right: Billy Walters, foundry boss and pattern maker; unidentified laborer; Harry Dadds, molder.
Laboring gang in Hagley Yard
Left to right: Unidentified, Sam Ferraro, unidentified, Benjamin Griffiths, possibly Louis Boubell.
William Betty family at Wagoner's Row
Left to right: William Betty, George Betty, Mrs. Betty, Faith Betty (Mrs. Lattomus).
DuPont Co. employees, farm workers
Left to right: William Snyder, Robert Betty, William G. Betty. South side of Eleutherian Mills Barn.
William G. Betty with dog, "Baby"
In Upper Yard on current site of Hagley Library.
William Grimshaw Betty and Mrs. Betty
House at Hunter's Corner at intersection of Buck Road and Route 100.
Children of DuPont Co. workers
House in Upper Banks on or near site of Hagley Library. Back row: Harry Snyder, William (or Harry) Toomey, Isabel Snyder, Madaline Betty. Front row: William Betty, Faith Betty, George Betty, and William Snyder.
DuPont Co. employees
Possibly taken at Hagley Yard or Wilmington Shops. Men in photograph include: Bill McCandless, Dan Dougherty, Bill Stewart, Johnny Deighan, Edgar Schaefer, Jean Martin, Tom Seery, Charlie Downey, Ned Davis, Michael Bonner, Charles Taylor, and Johnson Stillwell.
Railroad tracks near workers' homes
Rockford Tower visible in background.
Catherine Cheney with doll in front of Cheney family house
Cheney house next to the Gibbons House on Blacksmith Hill on Hagley property.

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