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# Title Date(s) Contributor(s) Description Description Collection ID Hagley ID Collection
1 Interview with Elmer Matthews, 1986 April 11 [transcript] 1986-04-11 Ghazaleh, Valerie Abu (Transcriber), Turner, John James, Jr., 1930-2019 (Interviewer), Matthews, Elmer Davis, 1905-2000 (Interviewee) Elmer Matthews discusses Oliver Collins, Anselma Mill, the Pickering Valley Railroad and shipping milk, coal, feed, hay/straw to Philadelphia, John and Horace Collins and their skills at repairing equipment, and a cow that was hit by a train.
The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews (Accession 2019.226) AVD_2019226_01_05 The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews
2 Interview with Horace Collins, 1986 June 18 [transcript] 1986-06-18 Collins, Horace Spencer, 1912-1989 (Interviewee), Turner, John James, Jr., 1930-2019 (Interviewer), Ghazaleh, Valerie Abu (Transcriber) Horace Collins is shown a series of slides with photographs taken at Anselma Mill in 1972. The subjects vary widely and include the cider press, power hack saw, drill press, a dog tread power used to churn butter, and an old clock. Collins describes each slide, discusses the memories they evoke, and how they related to the running of the mill. There are 126 indivisual slides in the set.
The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews (Accession 2019.226) AVD_2019226_01_03 The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews
3 Interview with Horace Collins, 1986 February 27 [audio] (part 3) 1986-02-27 Horace Collins recalls his early life and how his family came to live and work at Anselma Mill. He primarily focuses on the activities of his father, Oliver Ernest Collins, how the mill operated, and general life in Chester County. Supplementary topics include the Great Depression, Prohibition, his mother and siblings, attending school, neighbors, holiday celebrations, and domestic and wild animals living around the mill. He tells several stories in detail.
The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews (Accession 2019.226) AUD_2019226_ID05 The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews
4 Interview with Horace Collins, 1986 June 18 [audio] (part 2) 1986-06-18 Collins, Horace Spencer, 1912-1989 (Interviewee), Turner, John James, Jr., 1930-2019 (ivr) Horace Collins is shown a series of slides with photographs taken at Anselma Mill in 1972. The subjects vary widely and include the cider press, power hack saw, drill press, a dog tread power used to churn butter, and an old clock. Collins describes each slide, discusses the memories they evoke, and how they related to the running of the mill. Slides 24 to 53.
The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews (Accession 2019.226) AUD_2019226_ID10 The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews
5 Interview with Horace Collins, 1986 February 27 [audio] (part 2) 1986-02-27 Horace Collins recalls his early life and how his family came to live and work at Anselma Mill. He primarily focuses on the activities of his father, Oliver Ernest Collins, how the mill operated, and general life in Chester County. Supplementary topics include the Great Depression, Prohibition, his mother and siblings, attending school, neighbors, holiday celebrations, and domestic and wild animals living around the mill. He tells several stories in detail.
The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews (Accession 2019.226) AUD_2019226_ID04 The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews
6 Interview with Horace Collins, 1986 February 27 [audio] (part 1) 1986-02-27 Horace Collins recalls his early life and how his family came to live and work at Anselma Mill. He primarily focuses on the activities of his father, Oliver Ernest Collins, how the mill operated, and general life in Chester County. Supplementary topics include the Great Depression, Prohibition, his mother and siblings, attending school, neighbors, holiday celebrations, and domestic and wild animals living around the mill. He tells several stories in detail.
The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews (Accession 2019.226) AUD_2019226_ID03 The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews
7 Interview with Thomas Kellogg, 2002-02-15 [audio] 2002-02-15 Kellogg, Thomas (interviewee) Discussion includes designs for the Avanti, Starcraft, Wedgewood and various vehicles.
Thomas W. Kellogg oral history interview (Accession 2015.275.001) AUD_2015275_ID01 Oral History
8 Interview with Ada Gordon, 1986 June 15 [audio] 1986-06-15 Gordon, Ada Davis, 1899-1987 (Interviewee), Turner, John James, Jr., 1930-2019 (ivr) Ada Gordon discusses living and working in Anselma, Pennsylvania, primarily focusing on her time as an employee of the Pickering Valley Railroad, serving as the primary station agent in Anselma. She also speaks about the Collins family, how Chester County was affected by World War I, and George Upperman's country store.
The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews (Accession 2019.226) AUD_2019226_ID17 The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews
9 Interview with Horace Collins, 1982 October 24 [audio] (part 2) 1982-10-24 Horace Collins walks through Anselma Mill identifying rooms and equipment. He discusses how corn and flour was processed and bagged, how the cider press operated, the elevator his father built to transfer materials between floors, and how horses were used at the Mill. He also recounts personal stories about his interest in airplanes and the aviation industry, and the joys of listening to the radio at night. Part 2.
The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews (Accession 2019.226) AUD_2019226_ID02 The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews
10 Interview with Horace Collins, 1982 October 24 [audio] (part 1) 1982-10-24 Horace Collins walks through Anselma Mill identifying rooms and equipment. He discusses how corn and flour was processed and bagged, how the cider press operated, the elevator his father built to transfer materials between floors, and how horses were used at the Mill. He also recounts personal stories about his interest in airplanes and the aviation industry, and the joys of listening to the radio at night. Part 1.
The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews (Accession 2019.226) AUD_2019226_ID01 The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews
11 Interview with Horace Collins, 1986 June 18 [audio] (part 5) 1986-06-18 Collins, Horace Spencer, 1912-1989 (Interviewee), Turner, John James, Jr., 1930-2019 (ivr) Horace Collins is shown a series of slides with photographs taken at Anselma Mill in 1972. The subjects vary widely and include the cider press, power hack saw, drill press, a dog tread power used to churn butter, and an old clock. Collins describes each slide, discusses the memories they evoke, and how they related to the running of the mill. Slides 109 to 121.
The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews (Accession 2019.226) AUD_2019226_ID13 The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews
12 Interview with Elmer Matthews, 1986 April 11 [audio] 1986-04-11 Elmer Matthews discusses Oliver Collins, Anselma Mill, the Pickering Valley Railroad and shipping milk, coal, feed, hay/straw to Philadelphia, John and Horace Collins and their skills at repairing equipment, and a cow that was hit by a train.
The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews (Accession 2019.226) AUD_2019226_ID18 The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews
13 Interview with Horace Collins, 1986 March 15 [audio] (part 3) 1986-03-15 Horace Collins recalls his early life and how his family came to live and work at Anselma Mill. He primarily focuses on the activities of his father, Oliver Ernest Collins, how the mill operated, and general life in Chester County. Supplementary topics include the Great Depression, Prohibition, his mother and siblings, attending school, neighbors, holiday celebrations, and domestic and wild animals living around the mill. He tells several stories in detail.
The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews (Accession 2019.226) AUD_2019226_ID08 The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews
14 Interview with Horace Collins 1986 February 27 and 1986 March 15 [transcript] 1986-02-27, 1986-03-15 Ghazaleh, Valerie Abu (Transcriber), Turner, John James, Jr., 1930-2019 (Interviewer), Collins, Horace Spencer, 1912-1989 (Interviewee) Horace Collins recalls his early life and how his family came to live and work at Anselma Mill. He primarily focuses on the activities of his father, Oliver Ernest Collins, how the mill operated, and general life in Chester County. Supplementary topics include the Great Depression, Prohibition, his mother and siblings, attending school, neighbors, holiday celebrations, and domestic and wild animals living around the mill. He tells several stories in detail.
The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews (Accession 2019.226) AVD_2019226_01_04 The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews
15 Interview with Gerard Bérchet, 1 August 1978 [audio] 1978-08-01 Gerard Bérchet talks about Wallace Carothers with Cookie Strange. He discusses Nylon and its various versions, including 66 and 6, 10, as well as other projects that he and Carothers were involved with at DuPont's Experimental Station.
Oral history interviews on Wallace Carothers (Accession 1994.311) AUD_1994311_B01_ID05 Oral history interviews on Wallace Carothers
16 Interview with John "Jack" Raven Johnson, July 1978 [audio] (part 1) 1978 Jack Johnson discusses Wallace Carothers with Cookie Strange. He talks about Carothers's academic career, both as a student and teacher at the University of Illinois, the University of South Dakota, and Harvard University. He remembers that Carothers was called "Doc" both at the University of Illinois and later at DuPont. Johnson says he and Carothers's spent a lot of time together while in Illinois, mainly working in the chemistry lab. He talks about his and Carothers's trip to Europe in...
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Jack Johnson discusses Wallace Carothers with Cookie Strange. He talks about Carothers's academic career, both as a student and teacher at the University of Illinois, the University of South Dakota, and Harvard University. He remembers that Carothers was called "Doc" both at the University of Illinois and later at DuPont. Johnson says he and Carothers's spent a lot of time together while in Illinois, mainly working in the chemistry lab. He talks about his and Carothers's trip to Europe in 1926, where they attended a conference in Oxford, England and heard a lecture by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), and worked on research projects in Paris. While in Paris, they met fellow chemist Gerard Bérchet (1902-1990) and convinced him to immigrate to the United States. Johnson says Carothers was a voracious reader and a lover of music. He discusses three letters that that Carothers sent him while at Harvard and reads excepts to demonstrate Carothers's personality, particularly his sense of humor. Part 1.
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Oral history interviews on Wallace Carothers (Accession 1994.311) AUD_1994311_B01_ID06 Oral history interviews on Wallace Carothers
17 Interview with William "Bill" Mapel, July 1978 [audio] 1978 Interviewer Adeline Bassett Cook Strange (also known as A.B.C Strange or Cookie) recounts her conversations with William "Bill" Mapel and his wife, Evelyn Raines Mapel. Strange says Mr. Mapel was hesitant to talk about Carothers, and she believes he thought he would be breaking Carothers's confidence. Mapel described Carothers as the closest friend he ever had, and despite Carothers's reserved demeanor, there was an "aura" around him at DuPont and in Wilmington society. Overall, Strange...
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Interviewer Adeline Bassett Cook Strange (also known as A.B.C Strange or Cookie) recounts her conversations with William "Bill" Mapel and his wife, Evelyn Raines Mapel. Strange says Mr. Mapel was hesitant to talk about Carothers, and she believes he thought he would be breaking Carothers's confidence. Mapel described Carothers as the closest friend he ever had, and despite Carothers's reserved demeanor, there was an "aura" around him at DuPont and in Wilmington society. Overall, Strange believes that much of Carothers's life was controlled by Mapel's "aggressive interests and kindness," and that Carothers was amenable to this because of his insecurities.
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Oral history interviews on Wallace Carothers (Accession 1994.311) AUD_1994311_B01_ID02 Oral history interviews on Wallace Carothers
18 Interview with Horace Collins, 1986 June 18 [audio] (part 3) 1986-06-18 Collins, Horace Spencer, 1912-1989 (Interviewee), Turner, John James, Jr., 1930-2019 (ivr) Horace Collins is shown a series of slides with photographs taken at Anselma Mill in 1972. The subjects vary widely and include the cider press, power hack saw, drill press, a dog tread power used to churn butter, and an old clock. Collins describes each slide, discusses the memories they evoke, and how they related to the running of the mill. Slides 54 to 85.
The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews (Accession 2019.226) AUD_2019226_ID11 The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews
19 Interview with Martin E. Cupery and Harry B. Dykstra, 2 August 1978 [audio] (part 2) 1978-08-02 Strange, Adeline Bassett Cook, 1917-2004 (Interviewer), Cupery, Martin E. (Martin Eli), 1901-1996 (Interviewee), Dykstra, Harold Ben, 1902-1986 (Interviewee) Martin E. Cupery and Harry B. Dykstra have a conversation with Cookie Strange. They primarily discuss their research with synthetic polymers, the discovery of Nylon, and "Purity Hall" at the DuPont Experimental Station. They also talk about Wallace Carothers's overall demeanor and how his gentleness and kindness made him easy to be around. Part 2.
Oral history interviews on Wallace Carothers (Accession 1994.311) AUD_1994311_B01_ID04 Oral history interviews on Wallace Carothers
20 Interview with Martin E. Cupery and Harry B. Dykstra, 2 August 1978 [audio] (part 1) 1978-08-02 Strange, Adeline Bassett Cook, 1917-2004 (Interviewer), Cupery, Martin E. (Martin Eli), 1901-1996 (Interviewee), Dykstra, Harold Ben, 1902-1986 (Interviewee) Martin E. Cupery and Harry B. Dykstra have a conversation with Cookie Strange. They primarily discuss their research with synthetic polymers, the discovery of Nylon, and "Purity Hall" at the DuPont Experimental Station. They also talk about Wallace Carothers's overall demeanor and how his gentleness and kindness made him easy to be around. Part 1.
Oral history interviews on Wallace Carothers (Accession 1994.311) AUD_1994311_B01_ID03 Oral history interviews on Wallace Carothers
21 Interview with John and Elizabeth Miles, July 1978 [audio] 1978 Strange, Adeline Bassett Cook, 1917-2004 (Interviewer), Miles, John Blanchard, Jr., 1902-1990 (Interviewee), Miles, Elizabeth Colles Lankford, 1907-1995 (Interviewee) John and Elizabeth "Lib" Miles discuss Wallace Carothers, primarily focusing on his marriage to Helen Sweetman (1911-2000). Both John and Lib express their disapproval of Ms. Sweetman and believe the marriage was a mistake, recounting several stories to support their opinions. They talk about Carothers's general personality, including his love of drinking, music, and cheese, his insecurities, and his focus, intelligence, and kindness. Carothers's work with DuPont and Nylon, his battle with...
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John and Elizabeth "Lib" Miles discuss Wallace Carothers, primarily focusing on his marriage to Helen Sweetman (1911-2000). Both John and Lib express their disapproval of Ms. Sweetman and believe the marriage was a mistake, recounting several stories to support their opinions. They talk about Carothers's general personality, including his love of drinking, music, and cheese, his insecurities, and his focus, intelligence, and kindness. Carothers's work with DuPont and Nylon, his battle with depression, and his eventual suicide are also discussed.
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Oral history interviews on Wallace Carothers (Accession 1994.311) AUD_1994311_B01_ID01 Oral history interviews on Wallace Carothers
22 Interview with Horace Collins, 1986 February 27 [audio] (part 4) 1986 March 15 [audio] (part 1) 1986-02-27, 1986-03-15 Horace Collins recalls his early life and how his family came to live and work at Anselma Mill. He primarily focuses on the activities of his father, Oliver Ernest Collins, how the mill operated, and general life in Chester County. Supplementary topics include the Great Depression, Prohibition, his mother and siblings, attending school, neighbors, holiday celebrations, and domestic and wild animals living around the mill. He tells several stories in detail.
The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews (Accession 2019.226) AUD_2019226_ID06 The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews
23 Interview with Horace Collins, 1986 June 18 [audio] (part 4) 1986-06-18 Collins, Horace Spencer, 1912-1989 (Interviewee), Turner, John James, Jr., 1930-2019 (ivr) Horace Collins is shown a series of slides with photographs taken at Anselma Mill in 1972. The subjects vary widely and include the cider press, power hack saw, drill press, a dog tread power used to churn butter, and an old clock. Collins describes each slide, discusses the memories they evoke, and how they related to the running of the mill. Slides 85 to 109.
The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews (Accession 2019.226) AUD_2019226_ID12 The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews
24 Interview with John "Jack" Raven Johnson, July 1978 [audio] (part 2) 1978 Jack Johnson discusses Wallace Carothers with Cookie Strange. He talks about Carothers's academic career, both as a student and teacher at the University of Illinois, the University of South Dakota, and Harvard University. He remembers that Carothers was called "Doc" both at the University of Illinois and later at DuPont. Johnson says he and Carothers's spent a lot of time together while in Illinois, mainly working in the chemistry lab. He talks about his and Carothers's trip to Europe in...
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Jack Johnson discusses Wallace Carothers with Cookie Strange. He talks about Carothers's academic career, both as a student and teacher at the University of Illinois, the University of South Dakota, and Harvard University. He remembers that Carothers was called "Doc" both at the University of Illinois and later at DuPont. Johnson says he and Carothers's spent a lot of time together while in Illinois, mainly working in the chemistry lab. He talks about his and Carothers's trip to Europe in 1926, where they attended a conference in Oxford, England and heard a lecture by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), and worked on research projects in Paris. While in Paris, they met fellow chemist Gerard Bérchet (1902-1990) and convinced him to immigrate to the United States. Johnson says Carothers was a voracious reader and a lover of music. He discusses three letters that that Carothers sent him while at Harvard and reads excepts to demonstrate Carothers's personality, particularly his sense of humor. Part 2.
Show less
Oral history interviews on Wallace Carothers (Accession 1994.311) AUD_1994311_B01_ID07 Oral history interviews on Wallace Carothers
25 Interview with Horace Collins, 1986 March 15 [audio] (part 2) 1986-03-15 Horace Collins recalls his early life and how his family came to live and work at Anselma Mill. He primarily focuses on the activities of his father, Oliver Ernest Collins, how the mill operated, and general life in Chester County. Supplementary topics include the Great Depression, Prohibition, his mother and siblings, attending school, neighbors, holiday celebrations, and domestic and wild animals living around the mill. He tells several stories in detail.
The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews (Accession 2019.226) AUD_2019226_ID07 The Mill at Anselma oral history interviews

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