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Eugene du Pont papers

Accession 1599

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared in 1978.

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Eugene du Pont papers (Accession 1599), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Eugene du Pont papers
Dates: 1835-1956
Accession Number: 1599
Creator: du Pont, Eugene, 1873-1954
Extent: 13 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: Consists of the personal papers of Eugene du Pont, Jr. and the records of Kinloch Gun Club, a private shooting club which he founded near Georgetown, South Carolina.
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Biographical Note

Eugene du Pont, Jr., was born on July 7, 1873, the second son of Eugene du Pont and Amelia Elizabeth du Pont. He attended St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. Subsequently he was an executive in E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, of which his father was president, and also vice president of the Standard Stoker Company, a manufacturer of automatic stokers for locomotives. He died on December 15, 1954.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains the personal papers of Eugene du Pont, Jr., and the records of the Kinloch Gun Club, a private shooting club which he founded. It also contains a separate collection of correspondence between Alfred I. du Pont, vice president and general manager of the DuPont Company, with his assistant Frank L. Connable, which is an important source for the history of the company in the early 1900s.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Alfred I. du Pont - Frank L. Connable correspondence, 1906-1909 (Box 1)
Scope and Content
The Alfred I. du Pont-Frank Connable letters were written when Alfred was in South Dakota, establishing residency so that he could file for divorce from his first wife, Bessie Gardner du Pont. The file is packed with practical instructions from Alfred for handling all aspects of the company's affairs. Much friendly humor is found throughout. The file is particularly strong on labor relations, and on the 1906 strike at the Brandywine Mills in particular. The correspondence also discusses strategies for corporate organization, expansion of production facilities, Anglo-German powder contributions, the bonus system, safety problems, and the work of the Eastern Laboratory and the Experimental Station.
Names of DuPont adminstrative personnel mentioned: Baldwin, Barksdale, Belin (Charles A., Lammot), Cazenove, Dashiell, du Pont (Francis, Irénée, Lammot, P.S., T.C., Victor), Ferriday, Hahn, Hardy, Haskell, Hutchins, Kendall, Kimball, Moxham (Egbert), Patterson, Pitman, Prickett, Scott, Simpson, Tallman, Walker and Wilson
Mills and plants mentioned: Anthracite Mills, Brandywine, Belleville, Carney's Point, Chattanooga, Colorado, Columbus, Connable Mills, Fairchance, Ferndale, Fontanet, Hazardville, Illinois (new), Indian Territory, Kellogg, Mooar, Nemours, P&K, Parlin, Patterson, Pleasant Prairie, Riker, Santa Cruz, Shenandoah, South McAlester, Springfield District, Tamaqua, Wap[wallopen]
Topics: Administration: appointments, lines of authority, communications, red tape; Agents (sales), in West Anglo-German [powder] combinations, negotiations with; Bonus Scheme; Carbonite; Competition: buying properties of (or near) competitors; purchasing holdings in competitors' companies for information; Competitive Bureau (division) of E.I. du Pont de Nemours; "Doctor (and the patient)" [advisory/investigative agency for labor problems?]; Eastern Laboratory; Equipment; Explosions (various E.I. du Pont de Nemours locations; other companies); Experimental Station; Government: injunctions by against DP for hazards and "common nuisance"; powder making by; tests; Gun cotton; Investment in relation to specific projects and earning (theory); Injuries: settlement; Labor (see also: strikes, wages); Leaks of executive information; Legislation; Litigation; Mills and plants; Nitrate: from Chile; Personnel relations; Plant sites (new western); Police protection; Powder: bad batches, black, cannon, deterioration of, Military, Ordnance, smokeless, stocking of; Powder mills; construction principles for safety; Power: sources; Production: goals, problems; Purchasing, and requisition methods within company; Raw materials: methods of obtaining; Real estate: disposing of; Safety; Salaries; Saloons; Smoke: "Parson's smoke consuming device"; Stock: speculation in (personal); E.I. du Pont de Nemours exchange of du Pont International Powder Co. shares for E.I. du Pont de Nemours Powder Co. shares; Strikes: at Anthracite and Brandywine mills; in other industries; involvement of "churches along the Brandywine" in [?]; Sulphur, on DuPont property in Texas; Tenants, on the Brandywine (evicted during strike); Unions; Wages (general comments on): common and skilled labor compared; variations by location; variations within E.I. du Pont de Nemours; in relation to morale and productivity; supply and demand in labor market; Water: quality, power, shortages
Arrangement
The approximate chronological order of the original file was maintained.
II. Personal, 1835-1956
Scope and Content
The personal papers are primarily concerned with family matters. There is a small body of papers relating to the Standard Stoker Company, and other small collections from Eugene's brother, Alexis I. du Pont, and Frank L. Connable. The series contains letters on the death of Eugene du Pont, Sr., and his estate papers.
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2 Letters to Eugene du Pont from family, 1895-1897
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2 Letter regarding death of his father, Eugene du Pont (1840-1902), 1902
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2 Cancelled checks from his father's estate, various account books, 1902-1903
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2 Cancelled checks from his father's estate, various account books, 1918-1919
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2 Brother Alexis I. du Pont's Rotary Club correspondence, 1916-1918
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2 Eugene du Pont receipts and trivia, 1931-1956
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2 Personal correspondence and miscellany of Frank L. Connable and family, 1918-1919
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2 Personal correspondence and miscellany of Frank L. Connable and family, 1934-1940
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2 Unidentified and miscellaneous items, 1902-1950
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3 Eugene du Pont personal correspondence, 1934-1936
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4 Eugene du Pont personal correspondence, 1937
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5 Eugene du Pont personal correspondence, 1938
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6 Eugene du Pont personal correspondence, 1939
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7 Eugene du Pont personal correspondence, 1940
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8 Eugene du Pont personal correspondence, 1941
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9 Eugene du Pont personal correspondence, 1942-45
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10 Eugene du Pont household bills, 1914
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11 Eugene du Pont check stub books, 1916-1922
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12 Target-shooting score books, 1923-1952; 4 books
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13 Standard Stokes Co., Inc. correspondence, 1916-1924
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14 Genealogical notes - Moore, Ridgely, Wemyss, undated
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OS 14A Alexis I. du Pont (1816-1857) baccalaureate from the University of Pennsylvania, 1835
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OS 14A Eugene du Pont (1840-1902) baccalaureate from the University of Pennsylvania, 1861
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OS 14A Eugene du Pont, Jr. (1873-1954), St. Paul's School (Concord, NH), 1889
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OS 14A Alexis I. du Pont (1869-1920), Harvard baccalaureate, 1892
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OS 14A Eugene du Pont (1840-1902), certificate of discharge, Delaware Volunteers, 1864
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OS 14A Mrs. Amy E. du Pont (1842-1917), Daughters of the American Revolution membership, 1901
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OS 14A National Society of Daughters of 1812 Constitution, 1898
III. Kinloch Club records, 1906-1935
Scope and Content
The records of the Kinloch Gun Club near Georgetown, S.C., of which Eugene du Pont, Jr., was founder and president, include organization papers, account, reports, plans of the club house, records of kills, employment files, and notes on federal legislation on migratory birds.
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15 Real estate, taxes, assessment, corporate reports, insurance, 1912-1931
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16 Membership correspondence files, 1912-1931
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17 Reports by president and treasurer, annual meetings, 1912-1931 [incomplete]
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17 Papers and correspondence concerning organization, 1912
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17 Maintenance Records, 1912-1934
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17 Federal legislation regarding migratory birds, 1912-1913
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17 House committee, 1913, 1918
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17 Allotment of small tracts for members' bungalows, 1914
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17 Ford automobile, 1918
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17 Hog raising, 1919-1921
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17 Launches, ponds, ditching, river banks, blinds, 1915-1921
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17 Shooting records (game killed), 1929-1934
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18 President's files, Eugene du Pont, 1912
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19 President's files, Eugene du Pont, 1913
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20 President's files, Eugene du Pont, 1914
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21 President's files, Eugene du Pont, 1915-1918
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22 General correspondence files, 1912-1920
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23 Superintendent's files, 1916-1928
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24 RRM Carpenter's official files, 1921-1935
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25 RRM Carpenter's official files, 1930-1935
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26 Property and buildings: maps, drawings, blueprints, contract and correspondence regarding clubhouse, 1906-1923, undated
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27 Kinloch Club accounting records: stock transfer, 1912-circa 1920
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28 Kinloch Club accounting records: general ledger, March 1912-March 1914
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29 Kinloch Club accounting records: day book, April 1912-March 1914
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30 Kinloch Club accounting records: accounting miscellany, 1912-1917
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31 Kinloch Club accounting records: journal entry vouchers, 1914-1922
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32 Kinloch Club accounting records: payroll sheets, 1913-1915, undated [incomplete runs]
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32 Kinloch Club accounting records: payroll sheets, 1918-1921 [incomplete runs]
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32 Kinloch Club accounting records: payroll sheets, 1930-1934 [incomplete runs]
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33 Kinloch Club accounting records: reciepts, 1920-1921
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33 Kinloch Club accounting records: reciepts, 1933-1934
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34 Kinloch Club accounting records: member's accounts, 1930-1935
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35 Kinloch Club accounting records: miscellany, 1912-1920
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36 Kinloch Club accounting records: miscellany, 1915-1921
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37 Kinloch Club accounting records: miscellany, 1918-1921
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38 Kinloch Club accounting records: treasurer's miscellany, 1912-1915