Building an Oral History of DuPont’s Textile Fibers Department
Joe Plasky is a retired engineer from DuPont’s Textile Fibers Department and he has been collecting oral histories from former DuPont Textile Fibers employees for well over a decade. Every year, sometimes multiple times per year, Mr. Plasky deposits a batch of these oral histories with Hagley. Currently, the collection has approximately 260 interviews and counting. In this interview, Plasky talks about what inspired him to undertake a project of this size and how he feels the development of different kinds of polyesters, including Dacron and other fibers used for their elasticity in shapewear is an under-researched topic. He also shares some of the most interesting stories he’s heard while working on this project and shares what he hopes future researchers will be able to learn by utilizing these interviews.
The entirety of the Oral History Interviews with Former Employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department collection is available here: https://digital.hagley.org/textile_fibers_interviews
The audio only version of this program is available on our podcast.