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John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards on the Brandywine Creek photographs
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John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards on the Brandywine Creek photographs

Accession 1968.010

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


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

Finding aid prepared by Mary M. Day, 1974. Encoded by Laurie Rizzo, 2013.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-06-25T14:00-0400

Finding aid prepared using best local practices and Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards on the Brandywine Creek photographs (Accession 1968.010), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards on the Brandywine Creek photographs
Dates: 1889-1936
Accession Number: 1968.010
Creator: Macklem, J.W.
Extent: 44 photographic prints
Physical Description: 8 x 10 in. or smaller
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: An album containing photographs of buildings and scenes in DuPont Company explosives manufacturing plants along the Brandywine Creek near Wilmington, Delaware, including the Eleutherian Mills (or Upper) yard, the Upper Hagley yard, and the Lower Hagley yard.
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Biographical Note

John W. Macklem compiled these photographs, two of which were taken by Pierre A. Gentieu (1842-1930), a long-term employee of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company.

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Scope and Content

Buildings and scenes in DuPont Company explosives manufacturing plants along the Brandywine Creek near Wilmington, Delaware, including the Eleutherian Mills (or Upper) yard, the Upper Hagley yard, and the Lower Hagley yard. Most pictures were taken after the yards ceased operation in 1921 and the buildings were abandoned. However, included are some photographs taken by Pierre Gentieu while the yards were in operation. Also includes views of private residences near the yards, workers housing, aftermath of an explosion, a press house being demolished, Breck's Mill, and Henry Clay Village.

Most pictures have extensive captions signed by Macklem on reverse.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Eleutherian Mills Powder Yard
Box
1 Acid House
1 Coal House
1 Charcoal House
1 First home, du Pont family
1 First office (old stone office)
1 "Neumours" - home of Alfred Victor du Pont
1 "Nemours" - summer house
1 "Nemours" - garden scene
1 Soda House
1 Specific Gravity House
1 Press Room
1 Press Room
1 Eagle Dry House
1 Eagle Packing House
1 Eagle Packing House
1 Saltpetre Refinery
1 Saltpetre Refinery
1 Saltpetre Refinery
1 Saltpetre Refinery
1 Upright press - Brandywine Hundred side of Yard
II. Upper Hagley Yard
Box
1 Superintendent's Yard House (Belin House)
1 Spring House (Alexis I. du Pont home; Belin House)
1 Gate No. 10 (Blacksmith Gate)
1 "Hagley" - home of Alexis I. du Pont
1 Scene near Blacksmith Gate
1 Rumford Dawes House
1 Brandywine Manufacturers Sunday School Building
1 Lower Louviers - Brandywine Hundred side of Brandywine Creek
1 Summer House - Lower Louviers
1 Duck Street (workers' housing) - near Lower Louviers
1 Upper Corning Mill - Old Glazing Mill
1 Graining Mill (Corning Mill) - horizontal view
1 Graining Mill (Corning Mill) - vertical view
1 Upper Press House
1 Lady Wheel Mill
1 Birkenhead Wheel Mill
1 Metal Keg Mill (later Hagley Museum)
1 Sam Frizzell's Store - EIDPDNCo. Supply Card
1 Rolling Mills
1 Rising Sun Lane Wooden Covered Bridge
1 Looking downstream from Barley Mill Lane area, Walker's Banks (left), Breck's Mill (right)
III. Lower Hagley Yard
Box
1 Rolling Mills
1 Rolling Mills, explosion, 1889 July 5 [photograph by Pierre A. Gentieu]
1 Rolling Mills, explosion, 1889 July 5 [photograph by Pierre A. Gentieu]