Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs1921-1931
Pierre S. du Pont incorporated the Delaware School Auxiliary Association in 1919 to finance the construction of new school buildings throughout Delaware. Between 1918 and 1940 he donated $5,000,000 to build some 120 schools. This collection contains photographs, almost all exterior, of 114 public elementary and secondary schools in Delaware.
0.5 Linear Feet
General Physical Description
436 photographic prints : silver gelatin 8 x 10 in. or smaller.
Pierre S. du Pont incorporated the Delaware School Auxiliary Association in 1919 to finance the construction of new school buildings throughout Delaware. Between 1918 and 1940 he donated $5,000,000 to build some 120 schools. Much of this money was targeted for the black school system, which was characterized by one room frame school houses containing at least six grades. In total, du Pont financed the rebuilding of 87 black schools.
Scope and Content
Photographs, almost all exterior, of 114 public elementary and secondary schools in Delaware. These include old school buildings and the new ones that replaced them in the building program instituted by Pierre S. du Pont in the nineteen twenties. Fifty-nine of the buildings are identified as "colored" schools. There are also miscellaneous views of buildings at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE and Delaware State College, Dover, DE from the same period.
Photographers identified include Gerald Montaigne, no location; The Royal Studio, Wilmington, DE; the Sanborn Studio, Wilmington, DE; and Leonard Schwarz, Dover, DE.
Existence and Location of Copies
View the collection online at Hagley Digital Archives
This collection is open for research.
Language of Materials
Delaware School Auxiliary Association and School Foundation records (Accession 1123), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library
Finding Aid & Administrative Information
- Delaware School Auxiliary Association photographs
- Laurie Rizzo
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