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# Title Date(s) Contributor(s) Description Description Description Collection ID Hagley ID Collection
1 Interview with Louise F. Poole, 1974 March 4 [audio] 1974-03-01 Poole, Louise F. (interviewee), Ward, Mary Sam (interviewer) Poole describes her family's genealogy in detail, her hobbies and activities in Wilmington, Wilmington society in the early twentieth century, and daily life.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_81513_Poole Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
2 Interview Catherine C. Irving (Mrs. A. Duer Irving), 1974 February 21 [audio](part 2) 1974-02-21 Irving, Catherine C. (Catherine Cooper), 1884-1982 (interviewee), Ward, Mary Sam (interviewer) Irving describes in detail her relationship with her husband's cousin, Mrs. Louise du Pont Crowninshield, including her interests and personality. She briefly describes relationships with other members of the du Pont family.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_8913_Duer_part2 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
3 Interview with Martin Luther Valentine, 1974 January [audio] 1974-01-01 Valentine, Martin Luther (interviewee), Ward, Mary Sam (interviewer) Valentine describes DuPont's role in manufacturing smokeless powder and ballistics in both World War I and World War II, the layout of the plants in which he worked, the morale of employees during wartime, and testing ballistic missiles.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_8613_valentine Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
4 Interview with Alfred Evans, May 1973 [transcript] 1973-05 Evans, Alfred (interviewee), Ward, Mary Sam (interviewer) Transcript of interview with Alfred Evans who was a chauffer for Louise Crowninshield. The interview took place in Boca Grande, Florida.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interview transcripts on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 2026) 2026_052813_10 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
5 Interview with Edwin Zeuner, 1984 June 26 [audio] 1984-06-26 Zeuner, Edwin Reinhold (interviewee), Lotter, Marge (interviewer) Zeuner describes the daily life of those living in Wilmington in the first half of the twentieth century, including where people shopped, swimming and skating on the Brandywine, typical dress, and normal pay and working conditions in the millwright shop.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_12513_zeuner Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
6 Interview with Richard Toy, 1984 August 16 [audio] 1984-08-16 Toy, Richard (interviewee), Scott, Dick (interviewer) Toy describes the family's house in Henry Clay, the geography of the area and its changes throughout the years, how the Toy family became involved in DuPont, and various family members and their lives.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_121113_toy_r Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
7 Interview with Alfred Evans, May 1973 [audio] 1973-05-01 Evans, Alfred (interviewee), Ward, Mary Sam (interviewer) Evans describes how he obtained the job through his brother. He also describes his impressions of Delaware and Boca Grande. He also presents details about Mrs. Crowninshield's personality, including how she sought to send those who could not pay to school and how she encouraged him to take a vacation with the car.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_81613_Evans Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
8 Interview with Eleanor Kane, 1984 February 21 [transcript] 1984-02-21 Kane, Eleanor (interviewee), Bennett, Peggy (interviewer) Transcript of interview wtih Eleanor Kane who spent a lot of time visiting Free Park and whose mother grew up there. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interview transcripts on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 2026) 2026_061713_15 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
9 Interview with Louise F. Poole, 1974 March 4 [transcript] 1974-03 Poole, Louise F. (interviewee), Ward, Mary Sam (interviewer) 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.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interview transcripts on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 2026) 2026_060313_13 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
10 Interview with Thomas Hoopes, 1969 July 23 [audio](part 1) 1969-07-23 Hoopes, Thomas (interviewee), Scafidi, John A. (interviewer), Ryff, Allen (interviewer) Hoopes gives a history of the company including the addition of rubber to wagon wheels, the changes the company underwent during World War II, the introduction of electricity, the relationships with the competition, best business practices, the management of the company, and different types of tires.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_72913_Hoopes_part1 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
11 Interview with Edwin G. Smyth, 1974 January 29 [transcript] 1974-01-29 Smyth, Edwin G. (interviewee), Ward, Mary Sam (interviewer) 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.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interview transcripts on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 2026) 2026_060413_06 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
12 Interview with Reefa Hackendorn [audio] 1989-07-12 Hackendorn, Reefa (interviewee), Bennett, Peggy (interviewer) Hackendorn recounts stories from her husband's childhood along the Brandywine. Eugene Hackendorn worked as a time keeper for the DuPont Company and was one of two men who survived an explosion. She also describes the family's religion and the children's pastimes.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_102313_hackendorn Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
13 Interview with Dr. Margaret Seitz, 1984 June 11 [audio] 1984-06-11 Seitz, Margaret (interviewee), Frazier, Chris (interviewer) Seitz describes her family's history working in the powder mills, her sisters' relationships with members of the du Pont family, her family's home, Christmas celebrations, and her father's childhood.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_103013_seitz Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
14 Interview Catherine C. Irving (Mrs. A. Duer Irving), 1974 February 21 [transcript] 1974-02-21 Irving, Catherine C. (Catherine Cooper), 1884-1982 (interviewee), Ward, Mary Sam (interviewer) Transcript of interview with Catherine C. Irving recalling her memories of Louise du Pont Crowninshield. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interview transcripts on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 2026) 2026_052213_02 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
15 Interview with Agnes Quinn [audio] 1968-05-28 Quinn, Agnes (interviewee) Quinn describes prohibition in Wilmington, shopping and making textiles, her relationship with her grandmother, the layout of the neighborhood, social activities at Breck's Mill, floods along the Brandywine, and running her tavern. She also describes Christmas traditions along the Brandywine, including attending church at dawn at St. Joseph's on the Brandywine, the decoration of the tree, sledding, and gifts received.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_102413_quinn Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
16 John M. Johnson and Franklin Hanway, 1969 August 26 [audio] 1969-08-26 Hanway, Franklin (interviewee), Johnson, John M. (interviewee), Wilkinson, Norman B. (interviewer), Scafidi, John A. (interviewer) Johnson and Hanway discuss why Mr. du Pont bought the estate, the farming operations at Longwood, the development of the Italian water gardens, work benefits, and various interactions with du Pont family members.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_012014_hanway_johnson Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
17 Interview with Thomas Dunlop, 1985 April 19 [transcript] 1985-04-19 Dunlop, Thomas (interviewee), Bennett, Peggy (interviewer) Transcript of third interview with Thomas Dunlop who continues to discuss life on the Brandywine. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interview transcripts on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 2026) 2026_060713_15 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
18 Interview with Catherine C. Irving (Mrs. A. Duer Irving), 1974 February 21 [audio](part 1) 1974-02-21 Irving, Catherine C. (Catherine Cooper), 1884-1982 (interviewee), Ward, Mary Sam (interviewer) Irving describes in detail her relationship with her husband's cousin, Mrs. Louise du Pont Crowninshield, including her interests and personality. She briefly describes relationships with other members of the du Pont family.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_8813_Duer_part1 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
19 Interview with Carl Wise, 1984 February 27 [audio] 1984-02-27 Wise, Carl (interviewee), Bond, James (interviewer) Wise describes his childhood growing up in Wilmington, including working for the DuPont box factory during his summers, delivering newspapers and milk, his education at Wilmington High School, and various customs and pastimes. He also briefly describes some highlights of his working career.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_12613_wise Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
20 Interview with Edwin G. Smyth, 1974 January 29 [audio] 1974-01-29 Smyth, Edwin G. (interviewee), Ward, Mary Sam (interviewer) Smyth describes his father's career and relationship with the du Pont family, Smyth's own career and various moves within the company, and his work in construction engineering. He also reminisces about the 100th anniversary celebration in 1902.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_8813_Smyth Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
21 Interview with Thomas Dunlop, 1985 April 19 [audio] 1985-04-19 Dunlop, Thomas (interviewee), Bennett, Peggy (interviewer) Dunlop describes floods along the Brandywine, the celebration of the Scottish holiday of Hugmanah, various items in the household, his father's garden, and medical care.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_10113_dunlop_part4 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
22 Interview with James Dever [transcript] 1981-03-26 Dever, James (interviewee), Tremaine, Dorothy (interviewer) 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.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interview transcripts on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 2026) 2026_060713_13 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
23 Interview with Martin Luther Valentine, 1974 January [transcript] 1974-01 Valentine, Martin Luther (interviewee), Ward, Mary Sam (interviewer) Transcript of interview with Martin L. Valentine, a DuPont employee of 47 years in explosives. The interview took place in Wilmington, Delaware.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interview transcripts on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 2026) 2026_060513_01 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
24 Interview with Thomas Hoopes, 1969 July 23 [audio](part 2) 1969-07-23 Hoopes, Thomas (interviewee), Scafidi, John A. (interviewer), Ryff, Allen (interviewer) Hoopes gives a history of the company including the addition of rubber to wagon wheels, the changes the company underwent during World War II, the introduction of electricity, the relationships with the competition, best business practices, the management of the company, and different types of tires.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_72913_Hoopes_part2 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
25 Interview with Reefa Hackendorn, 1989 July 12 [transcript] 1989-07-12 Hackendorn, Reefa (interviewee), Bennett, Peggy (interviewer) 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.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interview transcripts on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 2026) 2026_061413_01 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley

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