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Iron Hill Museum oral history recordings and transcripts

Repository: University of Delaware. Library. Special Collections

Collection Description (Extant): The Iron Hill Museum oral history recordings and transcriptions comprise stories from students of the Iron Hill School #112C, an African American school built near Newark, Delaware, in 1922.

The collection consists of 24 interviews (recorded on 44 audio-cassettes) documenting the history of the Iron Hill School #112C, one of the African American schools in Delaware built with funds provided by P. S. du Pont and the surrounding community. With interviews conducted between 2003 and 2008 by Roberta Perkins and Laura Lee, the interviewees include fifteen Iron Hill School alumni, two parents of alumni, one teacher (Townsend, Delaware), and three alumni of other du Pont schools in Hockessin and Milton. Also included is an interview with an alumnus of the white Pleasant Valley School, which was located less than a mile from Iron Hill, and a Conowingo, Maryland, alumna. The collection is supplemented by three interviews of long-time white residents of the Iron Hill area, one of whose father owned and operated Dayett Mill.

Access Copy Note: Clips of interviews and PDFs of transcripts are available on the website.

Date(s): 2003-2008

Digital Status: Partial

Existing IDs: MSS 587

Extent: 44 cassette tapes, transcripts

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Riva Brown, Elsie Earl Bullock, Hermine Cleaver, Herman Congo, Robert Congo, Jr., Charlotte Corday, Victor L. Doyle, Lena Satchell Todd Dyer, Alice Prestbury, Ronald Earl, Shirley Smith Earl, David J. Grinnage, Dorothy Earl Grinnage, Evelyn Earl Walley, Gail Grinnage, Robert Grinnage, Gloria Howard Hinson, Margaret D. Hoffman, Conrad E. Hoffman, Lois May Johnson, Sandra Lewis Johnson, Raynor Johnson, James Knott, James Lee, Donald W. Lewis, Edith Beatrice Miller Lewis, Richard Wayne Lewis, Sr., Elsie Mills, Noble W. Prettyman, Rev. Allen Oliver Smith, William Charles Smoot, Betty A. Webster, Margaret C. West, Nora May Thompson Williams

Rights (Extant): Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder.


African American clergy--Delaware
African American educators--Delaware
African Americans--Education--Delaware
Discrimination in education
Segregation in education--Delaware


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