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Brandywine Manufacturers Sunday School (BMSS) records

Accession 0389

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Ruthanna Hindes, 1963

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Brandywine Manufacturers Sunday School (BMSS) records (Accession 0389), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Brandywine Manufacturers Sunday School (BMSS) records
Dates: 1817-1899
Accession Number: 0389
Creator: Brandywine Manufacturers Sunday School.
Extent: 2.5 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: The Brandywine Manufacturers Sunday School (BMSS) was organized in 1817 as a non-sectarian school for the children of the local factory workers, with instruction in reading, writing, arithmetic, and religion. E.I. du Pont, founder of the DuPont Company, was one of its chief subscribers, and the school building was located on his property. Primarily generated and maintained by the du Pont women, the BMSS records include the school's constitution, and financial records such as bills and receipts and accounts. Most of the records pertain to students with information about premiums which were given as rewards for attendance and scholarly excellence.
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Historical Note

The Brandywine Manufacturers' Sunday School (BMSS) was a nonsectarian school offering classes in reading, writing, arithmetic, and Bible lessons. The students, both male and female, were workers or the children of workers in the local manufactories along the Brandywine River, near Wilmington, Delaware. E.I. du Pont financially supported the construction of a school building on his property in 1816. It was incorporated in 1817 and opened with James Siddall as its superintendent; he had originated the school's concept in Wilmington.

E.I. du Pont's daughters, Victorine du Pont Bauduy (who succeeded Siddall as superintendent), Eleuthera du Pont Smith, and Sophie M. Du Pont, were teachers at the school, as were other family members and friends. The du Pont women devoted much time and energy preparing school lessons, teaching, and visiting students in their homes. In the nineteenth century, teaching and religion were considered acceptable public activities for women, and Sunday school teachers were predominantly female.

In 1823 the BMSS became affiliated with the American Sunday School Union for the purpose of obtaining less expensive reading materials. The passage of Delaware's Free School Law of 1829 and development of an organized public school system chanted the character of the BMSS. In 1851 the BMSS building was used for Episcopal services, and with the completion of Christ Church in 1856, the BMSS became an Episcopal church school. Classes continued in the school building but were restricted to religious subjects.

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Scope and Content

Primarily generated and maintained by the du Pont women, the BMSS records include the school's constitution, and financial records such as bills and receipts and accounts. Most of the records pertain to students with information about premiums which were given as rewards for attendance and scholarly excellence. Registration or “receiving” books were used to record the student's name, age, religious denomination, residence, class level, and name of parent and occupation. The collection also includes lesson notebooks of Victorine du Pont Bauduy, Eleuthera du Pont Smith, and Sophie M. Du Pont as well as some correspondence, mostly from former BMSS students. A later record is a roll book of Christ Church Sunday School, 1888-1891.

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Access Points

American Sunday School Union.
Bauduy, Victorine du Pont, 1792-1861.
Bidermann, Evelina du Pont, 1796-1863.
Christ Church Christiana Hundred (Greenville, Del.).
Church and education.
Du Pont, Eleuthère Irénée, 1771-1834.
Du Pont, Sophie Madeleine, 1810-1888.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company.
Education--Delaware.
Paternalism.
Religious education.
Smith, Eleuthera du Pont, 1806-1876.
Sunday-schools.
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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Earliest Records
Box Folder
1 1 Constitution of the BMSS, including list of subscribers, 1817
1 2 Attendance Book, 1817-1818
1 3 Boys Time Report Book, 1817
1 4 Journal, includes the following loose items: Letter from Joseph Dickey to E.I. du Pont relative to preaching; Lecture relative to accident of a pupil, 15 June 1827; Lists of premiums, 26 June 1827, undated; Letter of V.E. Bauduy, undated; Four undated class notes, 1817-1823
1 5 Ledger, 1817-1823
1 6 Trustees and Teachers Time Book, 1817-1823
1 7 Merit Book, 1817-1818
1 8 Handwritten notes on the establishment of BMSS and a handwritten note (with typed copy) addressed “To all men in our employ” signed by E. I.du Pont de Nemours & Co., soliciting an annual donation to the BMSS, 1846, 1853, 1820 October 25
1 9 Registration (receiving) books, listing scholars' name, age, parent and his occupation and religion, residence, class and remarks, 1816-1835, September 1835-1850, February 1844-1860, February 1850-1868, January 1868-1872
Volume
Portfolio Sheets of subscribers to the BMSS, with signatures of E.I. du Pont, V.E. Bauduy, Alfred du Pont, Chs. Dalmas and numerous others, 1820 September 1
Portfolio Sheet of “Rules, for the Internal Regulation, of the B[randywine] M[anufacturers'] Sunday School”, 1821 July 15
II. Accounts
Box Folder
1 10 B.M.S.S. bills and receipts, 1817-1821, 1822, 1823
1 11 List of “Yearly Subscriptions”, 1820
1 12 Accounts of E. I.du Pont de Nemours & Co. with B.M.S.S. (which lists contributors), 1821, 1822 September 1
1 13 Notebook entitled “Sunday School accounts 1823 to 1840. V. E. Bauduy”, 1823-1839
1 14 Sunday School Account Book, including two receipts from F.W. Porter to B.M.S.S., for contributions to Sunday Schools in the “west”, 1823-1839
1 15 Note relative to teachers' salaries, 1842 August 27
1 16 E.I. du Pont & Co. accounts with the B.M.S.S., 1835-1847
1 17 Notebook entitled “Sunday School accounts 1840", 1840-1855
1 18 Notebook entitled “Sunday School Accounts 1840”. Includes accounts for articles bought in Wilmington and Philadelphia, 1840-1855
III. Attendance Records
Volume
Oversize Portfolio Portfolio A: Rolls, undated; 34 sheets total
Oversize Portfolio Portfolio B: Rolls, undated; 73 sheets total
Oversize Portfolio Attendance Rolls: List of scholars, boys and girls, 1840-1849
Oversize Portfolio List of scholars, 1850-1859
Oversize Portfolio List of scholars, 1864-1865
Box Folder
2 1 List of scholars of B.M.S.S. from 1817 to 1826; Class record ending, 25 July 1826
2 2 Mark Books, 1827-1829; 1829; 1830; 1831; 1832; 1831-1822
2 3 Class Books, containing marks, teachers' time reports, attendance records, 1827, 1828, 1829, 1830, 1831, 1833, and undated
2 4 Book of attendance records and teachers' time reports, 1833-1845. Included are: undated letter addressed to “Miss V.E. Du Pont” signed “V”, relative to library books; letter from V.E. Bauduy to the Commissioners of the Levy Court of New Castle County and relating to number of pupils in the school during 1848; list of “Returns of the Sunday School to the Levy Court”, 1823-1862
2 5 Unbound attendance records and teachers' time reports, 1846-1862
2 6 Class Book for November 1859; list of Mathewson family birth dates (1867?) and 2 printed bulletins for “The Children's American Church Missionary Society meeting in the Woods," 25 May 1867 and “Third Spring Celebration of the Sunday Schools”, 21 May 1865
IV. General Class Books
Box Folder
3 1 Attendance records and class minutes, 1865-1868
3 2 Attendance records and class minutes, 1869 January - 1869 June
3 3 Attendance records and class minutes, 1869 July - 1869 December
3 4 Attendance records and class minutes, 1872 January -1870 June
3 5 Attendance records and class minutes, 1870 July - 1870 December
3 6 Attendance records and class minutes, 1871 January - 1871 June
3 7 Attendance records and class minutes, 1871 July - 1871 December
3 8 Attendance records and class minutes, 1872 January - 1872 June
3 9 Attendance records and class minutes, 1872 July - 1872 December
3 10 Attendance records and class minutes, 1873 January - 1873 June
3 11 Attendance records and class minutes, 1873 July - 1873 December
3 12 Attendance records and class minutes, 1874 January - 1874 June
3 13 Attendance records and class minutes, 1874 July - 1874 December
3 14 Recitation book, 1828 January
3 15 Premium book (Boys), 1826-1835
3 16 Premium book (Girls), 1826-1835
3 17 Premium book, 1826-1828
3 18 Premium book, 1829-1831
3 19 Premium book, 1832-1835
3 20 Premium book, 1835-1838
3 21 Premium book, 1839-1842
3 22 Premium book, 1843-1846
3 23 Premium book, 1847-1849
3 24 Premium book, 1850-1852
3 25 Premium book, 1853-1855
3 26 Premium book [“Subscribers to the penny Gazettes in 1857” enclosed], 1856-1861
3 27 Premium book, 1861-1867
3 28 Premium book, 1868-1873
V. Lesson Notebooks
Box Folder
4 1 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, No. 1, undated, 1829
4 2 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, No. 2, 1829 April 26
4 3 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, No. 3, 1829 September 26
4 4 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, No. 4th, 1830 April 2
4 5 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, Vol. 2nd No. 3, 1831 Marc 21
4 6 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, Vol. 2. No. 4, 1831 July 20
4 7 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, Vol. 2. No. 5, 1831 October 24
4 8 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, Vol. 2. No. 6, 1832 March 1
4 9 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, Vol. 1st No. 7, 1832 July 20
4 10 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, Vol. 1, 1833
4 12 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, Vol. 1st, 1833 September 22
4 13 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, Vol. 1st, 1834 February 1
4 14 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, Vol. 2. No. 2, 1835 February
4 15 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, Vol. 1st No. 1, 1836 January
4 16 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, Vol. 1st No. 3, 1836
4 11 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, Vol. 1st, 1833 April 3
4 17 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, 1836 September - 1837 February
4 18 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, 1837 March - 1837 June
4 19 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, “Questions on St. Mark N 1”, [1852?]
4 20 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, “Questions on St. Mark No. 2", 1852 November 4
4 21 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, “Questions on St. Mark No. 3”, 1853 February 11
4 22 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, "No. 4. Questions on Mark”, 1853 June 5
4 23 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, 1853 September - 1854 March
4 24 Victorine Bauduy's Sunday School Lesson Notebook, 1854 March - 1854 August
Box Folder
5 1 Eleuthera du Pont notebooks: handwritten notes on extracts from the Bible, 1831 January 20
5 2 Eleuthera du Pont Notebooks: No. 2 - Second Class B.M. Sunday school Eleuthera Du Pont, 1831 July 10
5 3 Eleuthera du Pont Notebooks: No. 4 - B.M. Sunday School Second Class Eleuthera Du Pont
5 4 Eleuthera du Pont Notebooks: B.M. Sunday School Second Class - Eleuthera Du Pont No. 5
5 5 Sophie M. du Pont Notebook: notes on the pupils of the B.M.S.S., 1828
5 6 Sophie M. du Pont notebooks, 1831, 1832, undated
5 7 Sophie M. du Pont notebooks: volumes 2 and 3 of “Scripture Lessons on The Life of Our Saviour”
Box Folder
6 1 Sophie M. du Pont notebooks: Bible lessons (in the hand of Sophie du Pont) except for three small attendance - mark books (members of the du Pont family), 1828-1829, 1851, 1855
6 2 Sophie M. du Pont notebooks: Prayers, 1828, 1850, 1851, 1855
6 3 Sophie M. du Pont notebook: Sermons, 1846 December 13, 1853 February 16
6 4 Sophie M. du Pont notebooks: Copy of letter from Alfred Lee to “My dear young friend", 1851 May 5
6 5 Sophie M. du Pont notebooks: Booklets: “Lessons on the Catechism”, 1851-1853
6 6 Sophie M. du Pont notebooks: booklet on Bible class lessons, 1855
6 7 Sophie M. du Pont notebooks: Miscellaneous notes of S.M. du Pont relative to Bible lessons
6 8 Sophie M. du Pont notebooks: two copies of the poem: “The Carrier Dove”
6 9 Sophie M. du Pont notebook, Copies of 2 articles from L'Espérançe entitled: “The novel in Protestant nations” and “Two letters of an African Chief", 1856 February 22
6 10 Sophie M. du Pont notebook, Sermon commencing: “We celebrate today the 5th anniversary of our missionary society”, 1869 July 11
VI. Correspondence
Box Folder
6 11 Letter from Joshua V. Gibbons to V.E. Bauduy, Brownsville, Fayette Co. Pa., referring to the death of E.I. du Pont, 1835 June 20
6 12 Three poems of Bell Foster of Trenton, N.J., a pupil of Eleuthera du Pont Smith, 1861
6 13 Letter to Eleuthera du Pont Smith from former pupil of the B.M.S.S., James Perry, near St. Louis, Mo., referring to the death of V.E. Bauduy, war in the “west,” and S.F. Du Pont's victory at Beaufort, 1861 November 20
6 14 Letter to Eleuthera du Pont Smith from former pupil of the B.M.S.S., Mary E. Jones, Davenport, Iowa, and newsclipping on death of Lt. James Perry, 1863 November, [1863-4?] January 22
6 15 Letter to Eleuthera du Pont Smith from former pupil of the B.M.S.S., A.(&?) E. Baxter, Nashville, Tenn., referring to the Civil War and blockade of Nashville, 1863 November 3
6 16 Letter to Eleuthera du Pont Smith from former pupil of the B.M.S.S., Cathrine Davison, Seymour, Indiana, 1864 July 22, 1872 April 15, 1872 August 7, 1873 January 30
6 17 Letter to Eleuthera du Pont Smith from former pupil of the B.M.S.S., Mary Wilkinson, Phila., (referring to deaths of S.F. du Pont and J.A. Bidermann) and Washington, D.C., Phila., referring to death of M.W.'s father, 1865 October 5, 1871 March 16, 1868 September 28
6 18 Letter to Eleuthera du Pont Smith from former pupil of the B.M.S.S., Willie Cavcender, North East, Cecil County, Md., 1871 November 8
6 19 Letter to Eleuthera du Pont Smith from former pupil of the B.M.S.S., S.B. Brown (Hood, Bonbright & Co.), Philadelphia, 1872 March 26
6 20 Extract from letter from Mary M. Stephans [?] to John Peoples, lists of subscribers to the B.M.S.S., 1831, 1835, 1836
6 21 Bound notebook containing copies of letters from former B.M.S.S. pupils most of them to E.D. Smith. Also “Copy of Notes found amongst Mrs. V.E. Bauduy's papers dated August 15th, 1850.” Includes: Letter from V.E. Bauduy to Liba Ferris, re N.Y. newspaper article relative to B.M.S.S (which joined American Sunday School Union in 1823), 30 Dec. 1830; Letter from Margaretta Boyd to V.E. Bauduy; Letter of V.E. Bauduy relative to “tract on baptism”; “General Observation” on B.M.S.S. signed by V.E. Bauduy; Two lectures addressed to “My dear children," 26 July 1829; Two reports of B.M.S.S. to the American Sunday School Union for 1829 and 1835; Note of V.E. Bauduy's relative to meeting with a former pupil, dated 15 Aug. 1850; “Extract from Mrs. Collins letter March 1861”, 1859-1865
6 22 “Roll Book of Christ Church Sunday School from Dec. 2d 1888”, 1891
6 23 Two news clippings in cover labeled: “Crisis in the English Church”. One from the New York Daily Tribune, These are enclosed in a folder with 4 lines of notes in the hand of Sophie M. du Pont entitled “Notes from Letters”, relative to “little etruscan vases...Frank & I chose in N. York in Sept. 1842”. Both newsclippings refer to the English Church crisis, 1899 March 20
6 24 MSS prayers, sermons, hymns, rules (“For the behaviour of little boys and girls”), Bible texts, notes on class behaviour, one sermon headed “Ecclesiastes” printed clipping entitled “Getting Verses by Heart” by Dr. Jas. W. Alexander, 1827 February 4
VIII. Ledgers
Box Folder
53 5 Finances
53 6 Letters