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About this collection

This collection of interviews was created to investigate the history of the DuPont Company Powder Yard. The interviews were conducted by museum staff in two series, the first between 1954 and 1974 and the second between 1980 and 1984. The first series includes the last surviving generation of Hagley Yard powder mill workers and acquaintances of Louise du Pont Crowninshield, who was last owner of the Eleutherian Mills residence, and Luther D. Reed, the first general museum director. The second series consists primarily of descendents of the last generation of powder workers, who describe their lives in the Wilmington area before World War II.

 

The interviews are largely devoted to the nature of everyday life in Wilmington, Delaware. This includes work at DuPont, both on and off the Hagley Yard, and with other area employers; domestic and social life; and workers' communities surrounding the DuPont Company Powder Yard. Some interviewees discuss various members of the du Pont family and company management. Luther D. Reed gives his version of the events surrounding the formation of the Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation and the original construction of the Hagley Museum.

 

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