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Hagley Museum staff conducted a series oral history interviews between 1954 and 1990, speaking primarily with individuals who had worked at the DuPont Company powder yards on Brandywine Creek during the yards’ final decades of operation or who had lived near the yards as spouses or children of DuPont Co. workers. Some of the individuals who were interviewed donated, lent for copying, or provided information on the photographs in this collection. The images primarily depict the worker communities which surrounded the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company powder yards on Brandywine Creek or the powder yards themselves.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company was established in 1802 by Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) and his son Éleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834). This collection of more than 1250 discrete photographs depicts the landscape and buildings at or near the company's explosives manufacturing plants along Brandywine Creek near Wilmington, Delaware. Approximately 900 images depict powder yard sites, including the DuPont Experimental Station, either during the mills' final decades of operation or prior to, during, and after excavation and restoration work on the site in the 1950s and 1960s. Most of the remaining images depict the worker communities which surrounded the powder yards.
In 1902, DuPont took control of Laflin & Rand, including the Haskell Works. Infallible and Ballistite powders were manufactured there. The works played an important role in smokeless powder production during World War I. The panoramic photographs depict views of the Du Pont Company's smokeless powder works in Haskell, New Jersey and the workers village nearby.
The War Department of the United States Government contracted with the DuPont Company to build and run a smokeless powder plant called the Old Hickory plant on the Cumberland River near Nashville, Tennessee during World War I. These panoramic photographs show overall views of DuPont Company's Old Hickory smokeless powder plant, also views of exterior and interior details.
- Explosives industry 2
- Gunpowder, Smokeless 2
- Henry Clay (Del. : Village) 2
- Industrial housing 2
- Panoramic photographs 2
- Powder mills 2
- Brandywine Creek (Pa. and Del.) 1
- Brandywine Creek Valley (Pa. and Del.) 1
- Community life 1
- Factories 1
- Haskell (N.J.) 1
- Jacksonville (Tenn.) 1
- Narrow gauge railroads 1
- Railroads -- Rolling stock 1
- Rolling-mills 1
- Social history 1
- Weapons industry -- Employees 1
- Working class -- Dwellings 1
- World War, 1914-1918 1 ∧ less
- E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company 3
- Dick, John A., 1879-1972 2
- E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Brandywine Works 2
- E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Experimental Station 2
- Hagley Museum and Library 2