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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.
Pierre A. Gentieu (1842-1930) was a long-time employee of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Gentieu was born in France in 1842. He emigrated to the United States around 1859. He began working for DuPont in 1877. This collection is comprised of images taken by DuPont Company employee Pierre Gentieu from approximately 1880 to 1920. Gentieu's images document the DuPont Company Powder Yards along the banks of the Brandywine River in Wilmington Delaware. The collection documents the surrounding community along the Brandywine including worker's families, du Pont family homes, churches in the area, DuPont Company exposition displays, and other facets of social and work life in the area.
- Brandywine Creek (Pa. and Del.) 1
- Brandywine Creek Valley (Pa. and Del.) 1
- Company towns 1
- Du Pont family -- Homes and haunts 1
- Explosives industry 1
- Brandywine Manufacturers Sunday School 1
- Du Pont, Pierre S. (Pierre Samuel), 1870-1954 1
- E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company 1
- E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Brandywine Works 1
- E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Experimental Station 1