Between 1802 and 1902, over two-thousand Irish emigrants moved to the United States to work in the E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company's black powder yards on the Brandywine River in northern Delaware. Margaret Mulrooney’s book Black Powder, White Lace: The du Pont Irish and Cultural Identity in Nineteenth-Century charts the origins of this community in Ireland, their migration and settlement along the Brandywine, and the world they created in their new home. This exhibit serves as a digital companion to the book and provides access to select original sources that inform each of Mulrooney’s chapters.
A digital exhibit on the life of Dr. Wesley Memeger Jr. a long-time DuPont chemist at the Pioneering Research Laboratory, who played a crucial role in streamlining the production of Kevlar.
From 1954 to 1990, Hagley Library staff and volunteers interviewed over 150 people who lived and worked in the Brandywine Valley in northern Delaware. The recorded interviews and transcripts capture in fine detail the lives of people in the Brandywine communities from the last half of the nineteenth century into the first half of the twentieth.
A digital exhibit on Z. Taylor Vinson’s work as a collector and the remarkable collection of transportation history he dedicated his life to building.
The Avon Digital History Archive provides a unique perspective on the history of the company, its sales representatives, employees, and consumers. The Avon Archive at the Hagley Library encompasses a range of materials such as advertisements, catalogs, representative's sales tools, and corporate documents.
An online exhibit featuring select aerial images from Hagley's Dallin Company Collection.