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John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards photographs

Accession 1968.010

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


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

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

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Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards 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 photographs
Dates: 1889-1936
Accession Number: 1968.010
Creator: Macklem, J.W.
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Physical Description: 40 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller. 3 albumen silver prints ; 8 x 10 in. 1 print : b&w lithograph ; 7 x 8 in.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: John W. Macklem (1867-1948) began working for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as an errand boy at a young age and remained with the company his entire career. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont company. This collection comprises 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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Administrative Information


Existence and Location of Copies

This collection has been digitized and may be viewed in Hagley's Digital Archives.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

John W. Macklem (1867-1948) began working for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as an errand boy at a young age and remained with the company his entire career. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont company. The company was established in 1802 by Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) and his son Éleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834) the company began with the production of gunpowder.

Three of the photographs in this collection were taken by Pierre A. Gentieu (1842-1930), a long-term employee of the DuPont Company who took extensive photographs of the company's Brandywine Works at the turn of the twentieth century.

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Scope and Content

The photographs depict 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. The collection also includes views of private residences near the yards, workers housing, a press house being demolished, Breck's Mill, and Henry Clay Village. Three albumen photographs taken by Pierre Gentieu in 1889 depict the aftermath of an explosion.

Most of the photographs have extensive captions handwritten and signed by Macklem on reverse.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Box Folder
1 1 Upper Yard acid house
Box Folder
1 1 Upper Yard old coal house
Box Folder
1 1 Eleutherian Mills charcoal houses
Box Folder
1 1 First residence of E. I. du Pont de Nemours
Box Folder
1 1 First office (old stone office)
Box Folder
1 1 Nemours, residence of Alfred Victor du Pont
Box Folder
1 1 Summer house at Nemours
Box Folder
1 1 Garden scene at Nemours
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1 1 Soda House at Upper Yard
Box Folder
1 1 Specific Gravity House
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1 1 Superintendent's Yard House (Belin House)
Box Folder
1 1 Spring House (Alexis I. du Pont home; Belin House)
Box Folder
1 1 Gate No. 10 (Blacksmith Gate)
Box Folder
1 1 "Hagley" - home of Alexis I. du Pont
Box Folder
1 1 Hagley Yard near Blacksmith Gate
Box Folder
1 1 Rumford Dawes House
Box Folder
1 1 Brandywine Manufacturers Sunday School Building
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1 1 Lower Louviers - Brandywine Hundred side of Brandywine Creek
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1 1 Summer House - Lower Louviers
Box Folder
1 1 Duck Street (workers' housing) - near Lower Louviers
Box Folder
1 2 Press Room demolition
Box Folder
1 2 Press Room demolition
Box Folder
1 2 Eagle Dry House
Box Folder
1 2 Upper Corning Mill - Old Glazing Mill
Box Folder
1 2 Graining Mill (Corning Mill) - horizontal view
Box Folder
1 2 Graining Mill (Corning Mill) - vertical view
Box Folder
1 2 Eagle Packing House
Box Folder
1 2 Eagle Packing House
Box Folder
1 2 Upper Press House
Box Folder
1 2 Lady Wheel Mill
Box Folder
1 2 Lower Yard rolling mills
Box Folder
1 2 Birkenhead Wheel Mill
Box Folder
1 2 Breck's Mill (Hagley Hall)
Box Folder
1 2 Sam Frizzell's Store - EIDPDNCo. Supply Card
Box Folder
1 2 Saltpetre refinery
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1 2 Saltpetre refinery
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1 2 Saltpetre refinery
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1 2 Upper Yard with saltpetre refinery
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1 2 Lower Yard rolling mills after 1889 explosion, 1889 July 5 [photograph by Pierre A. Gentieu]
Box Folder
1 2 Lower Yard rolling mills after 1889 explosion, 1889 July 5 [photograph by Pierre A. Gentieu]
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1 2 Upright press - Brandywine Hundred side of Yard
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1 2 Upper Hagley Yard rolling mills
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1 2 Rising Sun Lane wooden covered bridge
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1 2 Looking downstream from Barley Mill Lane area, Walker's Banks (left), Breck's Mill (right)