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Woodlawn Trustees, Incorporated photographs

Accession 2010.276

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


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

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Woodlawn Trustees, Incorporated photographs (Accession 2010.276), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Woodlawn Trustees, Incorporated photographs
Dates: 1910-1920, 1982-2002
Accession Number: 2010.276
Creator: Woodlawn Trustees, Incorporated
Extent: 15 linear feet
Physical Description: ca. 11,000 slides : color ; 35 mm.; 188 photographic prints : color ; 11 x 14 in. or smaller.; 93 photographic prints : b&w ; 16 x 20 in. or smaller.; 2 photographic prints : color, panoramic photographs ; 8 x 20 in.; ca. 150 negatives : color ; 35 mm.; ca. 20 negatives : color ; 120 mm.; 3 negatives : color ; 4 x 5 in.; 6 negatives : b&w ; 4 x 5 in.; 9 negatives : b&w, glass ; 5 x 7 in.; ca. 17 contact sheets : b&w and color.; 31 items (display boards) : 44 x 52 in. or smaller; 1 album (22 pages, unbound) : 26 x 42 in.; 1 postcard : panoramic photograph ; 4 x 35 in.; and 1 print : 11 x 14 in.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: The Woodlawn Trustees, Incorporated, is a non-profit real estate development firm incorporated in Delaware on December 12, 1918, by textile manufacturer William Poole Bancroft (1835-1928). Records consist primarily of 35mm slides, mostly dating from 1989 to 2002, documenting Woodlawn Trustees properties throughout Wilmington and Brandywine Hundred, including low-income city housing, preserved farmland, greenways along the Brandywine Creek, and commercial properties on Concord Pike and the Wilmington waterfront.
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Administrative Information


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Access Restrictions

Records less than 25 years old are sealed.

Use Restrictions

Extra oversize items stored off-site. Researchers wishing to use these materials must give 48 hours notice.

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Historical Note

The Woodlawn Trustees, Incorporated, is a non-profit real estate development firm incorporated in Delaware on December 12, 1918, by textile manufacturer William Poole Bancroft (1835-1928). It subsumed Bancroft's earlier, for-profit venture, The Woodlawn Company (1901-1926). The Trustees are responsible for maintaining affordable housing in the city of Wilmington and for the orderly development of large tracts of suburban land, mostly located in Brandywine Hundred between Concord Pike and the Brandywine Creek and running north from Rockland Road into Delaware County, Pa.

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Scope and Content

Records consist primarily of 35mm slides, mostly dating from 1989 to 2002, documenting Woodlawn Trustees properties throughout Wilmington and Brandywine Hundred, including low-income city housing, preserved farmland, greenways along the Brandywine Creek, and commercial properties on Concord Pike and the Wilmington waterfront. Some of these images also exist as color photographic prints, enlarged to 8x10 or 11x14. A number of oversize display boards show photo collages and artist's renderings of Woodlawn Trustees projects, including Delamore Place, the Bancroft Parkway greenway, the "Flats" neighborhood, and planned development on Concord Pike.

There is also one box of photograph and negatives showing Wilmington neighborhoods in the early twentieth-​century, circa 1910 to 1920. Areas pictured include Bancroft Parkway between Fifth and Seventh Streets, Rockford Tower, Rockford Mills, Alapocas and Wilmington Friends School.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. 35mm slides
Box Folder
1 1 Many unidentified slides, but the images include Friends School, Brandywine Falls, Stapler Park, the dedication of a plaque in Brandywine Creek State Park, and Ashland Nature Center, 1982-1987
Box Folder
1 2 Aerial slides of Concord Pike, Brandywine Creek, DELDOT on Route 202, and Woodlawn residential development, 1983-2000
Box Folder
1 3 Fire damage at 1004 Poplar Street, MBNA construction in Wilmington, renovation of a house on Kirkwood Street, Wilmington Alleyways, and other streets in the “Flats.”, 1989-1995
Box Folder
1 4 Interior renovation of the Ramsey House, and images of the Brubaker, Cleaver, and Derrickson Houses, with aerial slides of Concord Pike, 1989-1995
Box Folder
1 5 Slides of the Brandywine Hundred Houses, farms, David Ramsey House and barn construction, 1989-1996
Box Folder
1 6 Slides of the early City of Wilmington, City Streets, City Parks, City Events, 1989-1997
Box Folder
1 7 Slides of Diver Chevrolet under construction, Bancroft Parkway, Lore School, garages at Grant & Pyle Streets, 1989-1997
Box Folder
1 8 Ramsey Road and Ramsey Farm, and other Brandywine Hundred properties, 1989-2000
Box Folder
1 9 Slides of Delamore Place, Old Swedes Church area aerials, Beaver Valley Road, 1989-2001
Box Folder
1 10 The Village of Rocky Run, Cigna Building, Delaware Corporate Center, Sports Authority, Breger Development, 1989-1995
Box Folder
1 11 Slide presentations to the DE Agricultural Preservation Group and the Union Park Civic Association, undated
Box Folder
1 12 Slides of the Connector Road, Rockland Mills houses, Brandywine River, and Woodlawn’s Good Stewardship of Open Space Award, 1990-1995
Box Folder
1 13 Slides of the bridge at 9th Street and Bancroft Parkway, and the Ferris Street Shop, 1990-1995
Box Folder
1 14 Slides of Woodlawn’s Greenways, Alapocas, Sharpley, the Nature Center, and aerial photos of Brandywine Creek State Park, 1990-1997
Box Folder
1 15 Slides of trails along the Brandywine Creek, W. 11th Street & Kirkwood Park, the “Flats,” and Wilmington’s waterfront, 1990-1998
Box Folder
1 16 Slides of Diver Chevrolet, William Bancroft’s plan for development , Wilmington station of the Delaware Motor Vehicle inspection lanes, 1990-2000
Box Folder
1 17 Assorted negatives and contacts, Breger property, a plaque in the park, 1990s
Box Folder
1 18 Slides of the Breger site before construction, 1991
Box Folder
1 19 Slides of “Flats” houses on Ferris and North Union Streets, 1991-1996
Box Folder
1 20 Slides of Brandywine Hundred houses and farms, the William Young House, and 507 Black Gates Road, 1991-1996
Box Folder
1 21 Slides of Brandywine Hundred properties, and construction on Concord Pike (202), 1991-2000
Box Folder
1 22 Slides of Brandywine Commons, Restaurants on Concord Pike, Garden Valley Nurseries, and the Southwest corner of Concord Pike (202) and Naamans Road (91), 1991-2000
Box Folder
1 23 Slides of bike trails, greenways, Creek Road, east side of Wilmington, 1991-2000
Box Folder
2 1 Various unidentified slides, but a few labeled the Columbus Inn, Old Colbourn House, and Clover Department Store, 1992-1997
Box Folder
2 2 Aerial slides of Concord Pike, Thompson’s Bridge, Brandywine Creek, and Creek Road, 1993-2000
Box Folder
2 3 Slides of Circuit City store on Concord Pike, 1994 June 28-1994 October 3
Box Folder
2 4 Slides of the construction of the Clover Department Store on Concord Pike, 1994 June 28-1994 October 3
Box Folder
2 5 Slides of the construction of the Clover Department Store, 1994 November 20-1995 February 18
Box Folder
2 6 Slides of the construction of the Clover Department Store, 1995 February 18-1995 May 8
Box Folder
2 7 Slides of the construction of the Circuit City store on Concord Pike, 1994 September 8-1995 May 31
Box Folder
2 8 Slides of the St. Joe Paper Co. property in Rockland, 1994-1995
Box Folder
2 9 Slides of improvement to the “Flats” houses, the Clover Department Store, the Colbourn property, and the Connector Road, 1994-1996
Box Folder
2 10 Slides of the Ritter Block property, Revival Friendship property, the Park Theater, 301 North Union, and Catholic Charities in Wilmington, 1994-2000
Box Folder
2 11-12 Aerial slides of unidentified properties, 1995 May 1-1995 May 3
Box Folder
2 13 Slides showing 203-205 Delamore Place, the 900 block of East 7th Street, field and trails, and siding work on unidentified home, undated
Box Folder
2 14 Slides of Colonial Pipeline construction and Homewood Suites, 1995 December 6-1997 June 6
Box Folder
2 15 Slides of Diver/Lexus lot, North Bancroft Parkway, Pyle Street garages, additional aerial slides, 1995-1999
Box Folder
2 16 Slides of Forbes Field, Rockland Mills, Falls at Rockland, 1995-2000
Box Folder
2 17 Slide presentation on William Bancroft to the Council of Civic Organizations of Brandywine Hundred (CCOBH), 1996
Box Folder
2 18 Slides of the Breger Tract, Lynthwaite, Concord Pike, Woodlawn Trails, Agricultural Lands, 1996
Box Folder
2 19 Slides of the “Flats,” Kirkwood Park, Springer Street, Maps and Titles for slides, 1996-2001
Box Folder
3A 1 Slides showing the construction of the Marriott Courtyard and McIntosh Inn, Kohls Department Store, a retention pond in that shopping center, corn crops at Lynthwaite, 1997-1999
Box Folder
3A 2 Slides and topographical aerial sketches of Brandywine Creek up to Nemours for a slide presentation, 1998-2000
Box Folder
3A 3 Slides of Brandywine Hundred, the Colonial pipeline, Talley’s Barn, and the Village of Rocky Run, 1999
Box Folder
3A 4 Slides of Brandywine Hundred, the Colonial pipeline, Talley’s Barn, and the Village of Rocky Run, 1999
Box Folder
3A 5 Slides of 305 North Union Street, Ritter Block property, Park Theater, Delaware Motor Vehicle Inspection Lanes, 1999-2000
Box Folder
3A 6 Slides of #13 A-B Duplex, 203-205 Delamore construction site, 916-920 E. 7th Street, 1999-2000
II. Photographs and negatives
Box Folder
3B 1 Index for the 15 Folders of photos supplied to the Trustees, as well as photos of Springer Street between 6th and 7th Streets, circa 1910-1920
Box Folder
3B 2 Photos of Bayard Avenue from 5th to 7th Streets, circa 1910-1920
Box Folder
3B 3 Photos of the 500 block of Bancroft Parkway, looking south, circa 1910-1920
Box Folder
3B 4 Ends of row houses on 5th Street, circa 1910-1920
Box Folder
3B 5 Photos of Union Street between 6th and 7th Streets, circa 1910-1920
Box Folder
3B 6 Photos of Springer Street with its brick houses, paved streets, and foliage, circa 1910-1920
Box Folder
3B 7 Photos of the view from the “old folks home” of pumpkins, corn and fodder, circa 1910-1920
Box Folder
3B 8 Photos of the northwest corner of 6th and Springer Streets in full bloom, circa 1910-1920
Box Folder
3B 9 Photos of the back yards from the landing, circa 1910-1920
Box Folder
3B 10 Photos of the corner of Bancroft Parkway and 5th Street, undated
Box Folder
3B 11 Photos of 1117-1123 North Bancroft Parkway, undated
Box Folder
3B 12 Photos of Alapocas, Friends School, 2201 W. 11th Street—prints and negatives, undated
Box Folder
3B 13 Photos of Kentmere Parkway with Rockford Tower, undated
Box Folder
3B 14 Photos of Rockford Mills when in operation, undated
Box Folder
3B 15 Rockford Mills looking upstream, undated
Box Folder
3B 16 Glass negatives for Folders 1-9, circa 1910-1920
Box Folder
3B 17 Photographs of the remains of Bancroft Mills, the Bancroft Dam, and the Mills freight station, circa 1990-2000
III. Oversize
General note
Oversize Box # 2 material has been rehoused, and now resides in a standard size box.
Box Folder
OS-1 1 Reproduction of a pen & ink drawing of an owl hunting a mouse, by Margaretta Bredin-Brokaw, undated
Box Folder
OS-1 2-3 Eight copies of a photo of a painting of William P. Bancroft, by Percy Bigland, 1906
Box Folder
OS-1 4 Photo of a pen & ink drawing of the residence and paper mill of Francis Tempest in Birmingham Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, undated
Box Folder
OS-1 5 Photo collage of four drawings: residence and paper mill of Francis Tempest; Elam Hotel, Elam PA; residence of Thomas W. Johnson, Concord Township, PA: residence of Wesley Hance, Bethel Township, PA., undated
Box Folder
OS-1 6 Photo of Smiths Bridge over Brandywine Creek, New Castle County, DE., undated
Box Folder
OS-1 7 Photo of a color coded map of Woodlawn’s Master Plan for the development of the West side of Concord Pike between Woodlawn and Naamans Roads, 1989
Box Folder
OS-1 8 Color photo of the Steep Slope Natural Area, the stewardship for which was the subject of an award to Woodlawn from the Delaware Nature Society, 1989
Box Folder
OS-1 9 Black and white photo of the Talley farm in Brandywine Hundred, DE., 1989
Box Folder
OS-1 10 Photo collage of House No. 13, remodeled, 1937
Box Folder
OS-1 11 Photo collage with transparency: Delaware Corporate Center, Cigna Company, Leech farm house, 1990s
Box Folder
OS-1 12 Photo of an intersection, presumably Beaver Valley Road and Concord Pike, no buildings, undated
Box Folder
OS-1 13 Aerial photos of Concord Pike near Talleyville, undated
Box Folder
OS-1 14 Color photos of Granogue in the distance, undated
Box Folder
OS-1 15 Unidentified farm, undated
Box Folder
OS-1 16 Aerial photos of City of Wilmington, undated
Box Folder
OS-1 17 Photos of the Delaware Corporate Center, ground breaking, finished product, and Advanta, undated
Box Folder
OS-1 18 Photo of a color rendering of the restaurants on the west side of Concord Pike near Rocky Run, including the Red Lobster, the Olive Garden and others, undated
Box Folder
OS-2 1 Wallet size photos of Woodlawn employees: John Stocking, Newlin Wood, Theodore Beck, Harry Gutherie, Ed Gutherie, Art Kreider, Paul Rambo, Bill Page, 1968
Box Folder
OS-2 2 Photo of refuse in back yard of a house in the “Flats”, 1977
Box Folder
OS-2 3 Aerial drawing of Nemours and vicinity, 1917
Box Folder
OS-2 4 Ten color photos of Newlin Wood and Elke McGinley at a City Council meeting receiving an award for Woodlawn, undated
Box Folder
OS-2 5 Color photo of Newlin Wood and Elke McGinley at entrance of Woodlawn Office Building at 11th Street and Bancroft Parkway, 2000
Box Folder
OS-2 6 Five photos of Brandywine Greenways & Brandywine Creek, 2001
Box Folder
OS-2 7 Photo of officers and staff of Woodlawn celebrating 101 years in business, 2001 June 14
Box Folder
OS-2 8 Aerial photos of 900 block of East 7th Street, 2002 April
Box Folder
OS-2 9 Four photos: 521 Bancroft Parkway (3) and Ferris Street (new steps), 2002 April 16
Box Folder
OS-2 10 Photo of Woodlawn’s Annual Meeting buffet, 2002 June 3
Box Folder
OS-2 11 Photos of the renovation site at 4th and Union Streets, Wilmington, 2002 September 6
Box Folder
OS-2 12 Photo of Stephen Clark, 2002 August 2
Box Folder
OS-2 13 Ramsey farm, 2009
Box Folder
OS-2 14 Ramsey farm, undated
Box Folder
OS-2 15 Aerial photos of Wilmington’s east side, undated
Box Folder
OS-2 16 Photos of MBNA construction, east of Market Street, Wilmington, undated
Box Folder
OS-2 17 Photos of King Street and Market Street, downtown Wilmington, north to south, undated
Box Folder
OS-2 18 Various photos : winter scenes (2) trees planted at Breger Tract (3) trails and open space (14) Creek Road (4) Homewood Suites on Concord Pike(2) Kirsten, Star of the Week (1) and a panorama of Hochgrat (Alpen), undated
Box Folder
OS-2 19 Four photos of an unidentified renovation project, 1995 September
Box Folder
OS-2 20 Photos of an unidentified farm with a green barn, undated
Box Folder
OS-2 21 Various Woodlawn properties: 1110 and 1020 Bancroft Parkway, 916 East 7th Street, E.Y. Talley's barn, barn and fields, Concord Pike (Rout 202) and Naamans Road, Village of Rocky Run and Jewish Community Center, Kraft Farm conservation strips, Malin Farm, new trees area on Beaver Valley Road, Rocky Run developed area, duplex on Watkins, "The Flats," 203 to 205 Delamore Place, undated
Box
OS-3 Color rendering of the center garden of the park in front of the Woodlawn Library at 8th Street and Bancroft Parkway, 2005; .23 5/8 “ x 23 5/8”. 3 copies.
Box
OS-4 Color rendering of the footbridge crossing the railroad tracks at 8th and Bancroft which links Bancroft Parkway in front of the Library, 2005; .23 5/8 “ x 25 5/8”. 3 copies.
Box
OS-5 "Moor Claimed" engraving by Norma Gloria Morgan, 1953
Box
OS-5 Two panoramic photos: a meadow near Rocky Run and the back yards of the 900 block of East 7th Street, 2003 June
Box
OS-5 Photo collage of properties labeled “Exchange Possibilities” including 618 East 11th Street, and a vacant lot at the intersection of Kirkwood and East 11th Street, 2011 November
Box
OS-5 Photo collage of “Exchange Possibilities” including a vacant lot at the rear of the 900 block of East 7th Street next to Old Swedes Church Yard, 2011 November
Box
OS-5 Photo collage of the Vinton property at Rockland, including Brandywine Creek at Rockland; a view from the Old Canoe Club across Brandywine Creek toward Jessup and Moore Tract; gatekeepers house; dam; mill race; and meadows at Jessup and Moore Tract. Reverse side is a drawing of the lands across from the entrance to Concord Mall owned by Woodlawn, undated
Box
OS-5 Photo collage of the Rockland Mills property, including the North property line adjacent to the St. Joe property; Rockland Dam; Mill Race; caretakers residence; restored mill building; view of the dam and mill race from the bridge; the interior of the warehouse building; and the remains of the warehouse building, undated
Box
OS-6 Color rendering of a ranch house in Rocky Run Village (two pieces), undated
Box
OS-6 Color rendering of a house in Hershey Run, undated
Box
OS-6 Color rendering of Stolz Management Area in Bala Cynwyd, PA., undated
Box
OS-6 Unidentified color drawing of an intersection, presumably in Wilmington, undated
Box
OS-6 Aerial photo of the original “Flats” looking from the East up 4th Street in Wilmington (2 pieces), undated
Drawer
A27 Twenty-two page binder of photographs of aerial renderings of lands west of Concord Pike from the Wilmington City Line north beyond Route 1 in Pennsylvania. First page is an index of the photos following, undated; this item disbound in October 2011; covers discarded and pages placed in flat file
Drawer
A29 Photo collage of portions of Delamore Place: 200 Block on the east side of Delamore, and 200 block west side; 300 block of east side of Delamore, 300 block west side, 1998; display board
Drawer
A30 Photo collage of portions of Delamore Place comparing the 200 block of the west side in 1998 with post-renovations of the same houses in 2001; display board
Drawer
A29 Photo collage of houses on East 11th Street: ##720-738, 700-718; 618-632, 1998; display board
Drawer
A29 Collage and sketches “Bancroft Parkway-the First Greenway” (copy 1) Includes a drawing of the Flats neighborhood with Bancroft Parkway highlighted, a brief history of Bancroft Parkway, a drawing of the greenways and parks between the Delaware River and Bancroft Parkway from east to west; and parks between Canby Park and Brandywine Creek State Park from south to north. Photos of the remnants of abutments for a stone bridge that was planned to span the B&O Railroad tracks are also included; display board
Drawer
A27, A30 Photo collage of portions of Bancroft Parkway (4), Wawaset Park, Green Hill Avenue, Adams Street (2); display board
Drawer
A29 Photo collage of activities in Wilmington 2001-2002, including ptojects in the Flats/Woodlawn Park, HillTop-Delamore Place, Christina Gateway. Three photos for each area; display board
Drawer
A27 Photo collage of the proposed acquisition of 1020 North Bancroft Parkway (The Parkway Building). The collage also includes photos of 1110 North Bancroft Parkway Office Building which was acquired in 2000, across the street from 1020 NBP; display board
Drawer
A30 Photo collage of “Country Views 2001-2002, including the Delaware Corporate Center on Concord Pike; new trees on Beaver Valley Road, PA; open fields between Rocky Run Village and the Jewish Community Center; new trees behind the Homewood Suites; a refurbished duplex on Watkins Avenue, PA; the southwest corner of Naamans Road and Concord Pike; the Kraft farm conservation strips; and E.Y. Talley’s rebuilt barn on Concord Pike near the PA line; display board
Oversize
FF-1 Photo collage of Wesleyan Church at Bancroft Parkway and 8th Street (6); display board
Oversize
FF-1 Photos of a plan and a rendering of McCaulley Court, a City sponsored project; display board
Oversize
FF-1 Photos of ## 1101-1109 Pine Street, directly across from McCaulley Court; display board
Oversize
FF-1 Collage and sketches “Bancroft Parkway-the First Greenway” (copy 2) Includes a drawing of the Flats neighborhood with Bancroft Parkway highlighted, a brief history of Bancroft Parkway, a drawing of the greenways and parks between the Delaware River and Bancroft Parkway from east to west; and parks between Canby Park and Brandywine Creek State Park from south to north. Photos of the remnants of abutments for a stone bridge that was planned to span the B&O Railroad tracks are also included.; display board