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# Title Date(s) Contributor(s) Description Description Collection ID Hagley ID Collection
1 Interview with Joanne Leigh, 2020 December 9 2020-12-09 Leigh, Joanne, 1938- (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer) Interviewer Joe Plasky asks the interviewee to describe their early life, education, and career history.
Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215) 2010215_20201209_Leigh Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department
2 Interview with Gloria Simmons, 2020 November 5 2020-11-05 Simmons, Gloria, 1940- (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer) In her interview, Gloria Simmons discusses her career in various secretarial roles within DuPont. She also describes inequitable pay practices for female secretarial employees and the dissatisfaction such practices caused amongst employees.
Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215) 2010215_20201105_Simmons Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department
3 Interview with Joyce Harris, 2017 September 11 2017-09-11 Harris, Joyce (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer) In her interview, Joyce Harris describes her career at the DuPont Kinston plant. As a child, she lived in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, where her parents worked in the local cotton mill. Later they moved to the Virginia Beach area to help with the war effort. Her father was hired at DuPont on start up as a mechanic and the family moved to Grifton, which at the time was becoming the community for the DuPont workers. It was in this environment that Harris finished school and after year in...
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In her interview, Joyce Harris describes her career at the DuPont Kinston plant. As a child, she lived in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, where her parents worked in the local cotton mill. Later they moved to the Virginia Beach area to help with the war effort. Her father was hired at DuPont on start up as a mechanic and the family moved to Grifton, which at the time was becoming the community for the DuPont workers. It was in this environment that Harris finished school and after year in nursing school applied for a job at the DuPont Kinston. During this time, she married Roger Harris (whose interview is also archived). She was offered a position at DuPont and her first assignment was bobbin prep, a standard entry level job at the plant which entailed cleaning yarn from spinning bobbins and inspecting them prior to reuse.

Harris then moved to the Draw wind area. At the time this was an all-women assignment. The spinning assignment was all men at the time. The assignments which Harris explains was to doff, restock, restring, and patrol the machines. She could not remember the number of machines but it was a lot. This was the end of the two step yarn production process where the yarn was drawn, twisted and wound on customer bobbins. Harris describes the different jobs within the draw winding area.

Harris then got a transfer to the PT lab by an ambiguous job selection process. Harris felt comfortable in the new role, and she explains the test machines prior to automation and after automation, concluding that manually testing was far less accurate than the automated testing. She describes all the yarn test machines and their purpose. As management changes allowed her to increase her responsibility she did so, becoming the scheduler for group.

Harris also describes the maternity leave policy for Kinston. The policy was clear and unchangeable but required the mother to leave at 5 months and return 2 months after birth. Service was lost during this period but the job was saved for the employee's return. Harris recalls the early policy (1961 to 1964) but is unclear as to later changes.
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Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215) 2010215_20170911_Harris_Joyce Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department
4 Interview with Cheryl Estes, 2017 June 07 2017-06-07 Estes, Cheryl (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer) In her interview, Cheryl Estes provides insight into the experience of female employees at the DuPont Martinsville, Virginia plant. Estes describes her first job as a wage role operator in the textile area organization and work crews, detailing that the textile area contained 350 drawtwisters with 144 "women's only" operating positions on each drawtwister. Estes describes the changing policies for female employees during her time at Martinsville, significantly that that plant jobs were opened...
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In her interview, Cheryl Estes provides insight into the experience of female employees at the DuPont Martinsville, Virginia plant. Estes describes her first job as a wage role operator in the textile area organization and work crews, detailing that the textile area contained 350 drawtwisters with 144 "women's only" operating positions on each drawtwister. Estes describes the changing policies for female employees during her time at Martinsville, significantly that that plant jobs were opened up to all employees regardless of sex and the maternity leave policies were updated. Once the jobs were opened, Estes describes how she progressed to higher levels with the goal of entering a craft position. Testing was required for entry and Estes studied and passed the test. DuPont supported her during a three year period of study at a local community college to become a plant electrician. Estes describes her completion of the work and assignment as a relief shift electrician. Her next move was to a group called field maintenance which had construction responsibility for the plant projects. Estes advanced to maintenance planner, which was a promotion from wage roll to nonexempt.

Estes also speaks about the shutdown of the Martinsville and mentions that many employees believed the local union and its hostile attitude toward DuPont was at least partly responsible for the closing.
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Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215) 2010215_20170607_Estes Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department
5 Interview with Wayne Clark, 2017 May 02 2017-05-02 Clark, Wayne (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer) In his interview, Clark describes his career at the DuPont Co. Martinsville, Virginia, works. Clark describes knowing what he wanted to do and preparing himself to progress. He discusses the quirks available within the plant progression system such a "buying" a shift and being "frozen" in his job and going through spinning on paper. He describes progressing to a group 6 pipefitter, a prestigious position, by studying and applying himself. He was promoted to first line supervisor in operations...
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In his interview, Clark describes his career at the DuPont Co. Martinsville, Virginia, works. Clark describes knowing what he wanted to do and preparing himself to progress. He discusses the quirks available within the plant progression system such a "buying" a shift and being "frozen" in his job and going through spinning on paper. He describes progressing to a group 6 pipefitter, a prestigious position, by studying and applying himself. He was promoted to first line supervisor in operations at first. He supervised one half of the beaming area, which was all women and proved to be a unique experience for him. Later he move through a number of exempt jobs with one period as a shift supervisor in the Power House. The Power House was responsible for supplying services to the operations and Clark notes importance of this job. He indicates he was not comfortable with the assignment and moved out after a period of time, a move that was not unusual at the time.

Clark was recognized as a people person and assigned to Engineering as a resource person. Clark discusses from his viewpoint the impact the Martinsville local union had on the plant shut down decision, a viewpoint which is widely held by others familiar with the circumstances. Clark held a wide variety of assignments and mentions the people he worked for and with during his career; this description serves as a makeshift organization chart of the plant.
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Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215) 2010215_20170502_Clark_Wayne Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department
6 Interview with Hazel Clark, 2017 April 27 2017-04-27 Clark, Hazel (interviewee), Plasky, Joseph G. (interviewer) In her interview, Clark discusses the area jobs women had in the "textile area" of the DuPont Martinsville, Virginia, works. DuPont employed about 2500 women, most of them worked in the beaming and textile areas. Clark worked in these areas and describes the work assignments, providing insight into the way DuPont managed female employees in the 1950's through the 1970's. She discusses the draw twisting process in detail, which was the basis for the early nylon production process and the...
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In her interview, Clark discusses the area jobs women had in the "textile area" of the DuPont Martinsville, Virginia, works. DuPont employed about 2500 women, most of them worked in the beaming and textile areas. Clark worked in these areas and describes the work assignments, providing insight into the way DuPont managed female employees in the 1950's through the 1970's. She discusses the draw twisting process in detail, which was the basis for the early nylon production process and the reason DuPont employed large numbers of women at the early textile yarn plants. She also comments on the enforcement of the disability program and smoking rules at the plant. Clark also describes her movement around the plant as a secretary after earning a business degree and various other areas she worked, providing additional insight into the plant organizational structure.
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Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215) 2010215_20170427_Clark_Hazel Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department
7 Interview with Lori Clough, 2016 February 4 2016-02-04 Clough, Lori (interviewee), Hargreaves, Gregory (interviewer) This interview took place in the taproom of 3rd Wave Brewing Company in Delmar, Delaware. Clough offers perspective on the processes of opening and running a craft brewery in an increasingly crowded marketplace.
Beer and craft brewing oral history interviews (Accession 2016.287) Lori_Clough_2_4_16 Beer and craft brewing oral history interviews
8 Interview with Kay Dworchak, 1998 May 8 [audio] 1998-05-08 Pennsylvania Railroad (Corporate Name) (associated name), Dworchak, Kay (interviewee), Lukens, Robert (interviewer) Kay Dworchak describes her upbringing in Philadelphia, how she acquired a job with the Pennsylvania railroad and her experiences working for the company.
Pennsylvania Railroad women workers oral history project (Accession 1998.234) AUD_1998234_B01_ID03 Pennsylvania Railroad women workers oral histories
9 Interview with Marian F. McIntyre, Doris T. Fryer, Geraldine Vassallo, and Katherine Dorchard, 1998 March 13 [audio](part 1) 1998-03-13 Pennsylvania Railroad (Corporate Name) (associated name), McIntyre, Marian F. (interviewee), Fryer, Doris T. (interviewee), Vassallo, Geraldine (interviewee), Dorchard, Katherine (interviewee), Lukens, Robert (interviewer), Henke, Katherine (interviewer) The railroad workers describe how they got their positions and what work they performed. They discuss sexism on the job, wages, uniforms and working during wartime. Interview conducted at Friends Meeting House in West Chester, Pa.
Pennsylvania Railroad women workers oral history project (Accession 1998.234) AUD_1998234_B01_ID01 Pennsylvania Railroad women workers oral histories
10 Interview with Marian F. McIntyre, Doris T. Fryer, Geraldine Vassallo, and Katherine Dorchard, 1998 March 13 [audio](part 2) 1998-03-13 Pennsylvania Railroad (Corporate Name) (associated name), McIntyre, Marian F. (interviewee), Fryer, Doris T. (interviewee), Vassallo, Geraldine (interviewee), Dorchard, Katherine (interviewee), Lukens, Robert (interviewer), Henke, Katherine (interviewer) Concluding discussion of women railroad workers about working for the railroad. Interview conducted at Friends Meeting House in West Chester, Pa.
Pennsylvania Railroad women workers oral history project (Accession 1998.234) AUD_1998234_B01_ID02 Pennsylvania Railroad women workers oral histories
11 Chambers Works-A Reflection : with Robert A. Shinn 1992 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (sponsor) Interview with Robert A. Shinn about the history of the Chambers Works property. Shinn describes the changes in the area that took place during World War I, when DuPont's workforce expanded. Also discussed are female factory workers, the beginning of the dyeworks, the relationship with General Motors, World War II, the Manhattan Project, company picnics, the Deepwater Plant, the plant hospital, Thomas Carney's ghost, employee benefits, the trolley line,
DuPont Company films and commercials (Accession 1995.300) VID_1995300_B13_ID02 DuPont Company films and commercials
12 Super Support Professionals 1988-09-30 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (sponsor) Video explains program that introduces internal support groups for better communication. Interviews with employees; Susan Reed, Linda Domec-Wiemert, Mary La Rue, Tony Lanahan, Inga Rice, Barbara Faupel, Betty Moran, Peter Kehoe, Judy Coneeny and Bob Pruyn.
DuPont Company Textile Fabrics Department videotapes, photographs, slides and promotions (Accession 2011.320) VID_2011320_B03_ID09 DuPont Company Textile Fabrics Department videotapes
13 Harley-Davidson motorcycle assembly (April 1988) 1988-04 National Association of Manufacturers (U.S.) (originator), Slater, Michael M. (photographer), Molling, Kathryn (depicted) National Association of Manufacturers photographs and audiovisual materials (Accession 1973.418) 1973418_009_03_001 National Association of Manufacturers
14 Interview with Mary Hazzard Collins, 1974 March [audio] 1974-03-01 Collins, Mary (Hazzard), 1893-1981 (interviewee), Ward, Mary Sam (interviewer) Collins describes her first job as keeping track of the time slips and her second job working operating the elevators at 10th and Market. Her interview details the explosion of 1918; various interactions with du Pont family members, including Irenee, Lammot, T. Coleman, and Miss Sybil Ward; and a car accident that cost her her sight in one eye. The interview also features Mr. Collins, her husband.
Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation interviews on the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard (Accession 1970.370) 1970370_8813_Collins Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
15 Interview with Mary Hazzard Collins, 1974 March [transcript] 1974-03 Collins, Mary (Hazzard), 1893-1981 (interviewee), Ward, Mary Sam (interviewer) Transcript of interview with Mary Hazzard Collins who worked as a forelady and elevator operator for DuPont. 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_052813_04 Oral histories on work and daily life in the Brandywine Valley
16 Assembly line at the Avon manufacturing plant in Ireland 1970 Avon Products, Inc. (originator) Avon Products Inc. photographs and audiovisual materials (Accession 1997.209) avon_int_pic00061 Avon Products
17 Assembly line at the Avon manufacturing plant in Ireland 1970 Avon Products, Inc. (originator) Avon Products Inc. photographs and audiovisual materials (Accession 1997.209) avon_int_pic00063 Avon Products
18 Assembly line at the Avon manufacturing plant in Ireland 1970 Avon Products, Inc. (originator) Avon Products Inc. photographs and audiovisual materials (Accession 1997.209) avon_int_pic00064 Avon Products
19 Assembly line at the Avon manufacturing plant in Ireland 1970 Avon Products, Inc. (originator) Avon Products Inc. photographs and audiovisual materials (Accession 1997.209) avon_int_pic00062 Avon Products
20 Careers: Services-General 1970 Doubleday Multimedia (production company), Parlour, David S. (producer), Sloan, Harry (director) Film describes service occupations such as bus stewardess, hairdresser, cook, motel housekeeper and resort manager. Consultant R.J. Swan, Ph.D.
Sponsored and industrial motion picture film collection (Accession 2018.222) FILM_2018222_FC146 Sponsored and industrial motion picture film collection
21 Silk screening department at the Morton Grove, Ill. facility 1960 Avon Products, Inc. (originator) Avon Products Inc. photographs and audiovisual materials (Accession 1997.209) avon_pictorial_00251 Avon Products
22 The Industrial Workman along the Brandywine, 1870-1902 1958 Hancock, Harold Bell, 1913-1987 (author) Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation research reports (Accession 1645) MS1645_035c Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation research reports
23 Retirement of Mr. Maurice J. Guinan, carloader, blocker and packer 1957-12-31 Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company. South Philadelphia Works. (originator), Yessel, Charles, 1877-1953 (photographer) Carloader, Blocker, and Packer, 15 years
Westinghouse Electric Corporation Steam Division photographs (Accession 1969.170) 69170_57277 Westinghouse Electric Corporation Steam Division photographs
24 Retirement of Mr. Antonio Genslowki, carloader, blocker and packer 1957-12-31 Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company. South Philadelphia Works. (originator), Yessel, Charles, 1877-1953 (photographer) Carloader, Blocker and Packer, 38 years
Westinghouse Electric Corporation Steam Division photographs (Accession 1969.170) 69170_57276 Westinghouse Electric Corporation Steam Division photographs
25 Presentation of prizes won in photographic contest 1957-11-8 Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company. South Philadelphia Works Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company (originator), Yessel, Charles, 1877-1953 (photographer) Westinghouse Electric Corporation Steam Division photographs (Accession 1969.170) 69170_57081 Westinghouse Electric Corporation Steam Division photographs

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