Saturday, June 11, 2011

New Digital Resource from Hagley: Industry along the Brandywine

The Hagley Museum and Library recently launched "Delaware’s Industrial Brandywine," an online project
produced by the library with support from the Delaware Industrial History Initiative, the Delaware Humanities Forum, and the National Endowment of the Humanities. The goal of the project is to fully document businesses that benefited from the unique geography of the Brandywine River along its eight-mile stretch in Delaware. Currently, the database holds over one hundred records of individual businesses that operated on the Brandywine from the seventeenth to the twentieth century.
The site can be searched or browsed by people, industry type, or date range. The majority of the sources for the project have also been digitized and can be accessed from the project site. There is also an interactive map that allows visitors to learn about industries in specific locations.
   The project is ongoing and additional information will be incorporated as it is uncovered. The Hagley curators welcome assistance from the public in adding data; comment sections are included throughout the pages.
    Another of the Hagley's digital projects is of related interest: see also "The Du Pont Company along the Brandywine."