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Pamela C. and Lammot du Pont Copeland family photographs

Accession 1999.243

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library

PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Pamela C. and Lammot du Pont Copeland family photographs
Dates: 1810-1994
Accession Number: 1999.243
Creator: Copeland family
Extent: 563 photographic prints
Physical Description: [b&w ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller]; 3 photographic prints [b&w ; 11 x 14 in. or smaller]; 74 photographic prints [color; 8 x 10 in. or smaller]; 79 photographic prints [cartes de visite; 4 x 2.5 in.]; 42 photographic prints [cabinet photographs ; 6.5 x 4.25 in.]; 7 photographic prints [tintypes ; 3.5 x 2.5 in. or smaller]; 3 photographic prints [stereographs; 3.25 x 6.75 in.]; 1 photographic print [cyanotype; 1.5 x 2 in.]; 10 slides [35mm.]; 8 negatives [b& ; 3.5 x 5.5 in. or smaller]; 9 prints [engravings ; 27.5 x 19.5 cm.]; 3 prints [25.5 x 30.5 cm. or smaller]; 8 albums (1,397 photographic prints) [26.5 x 28.5 cm. or smaller]
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: The collection contains photographs of Pamela and Lammot du Pont Copeland and family members. Many of the pictures document the couple's various activities and philanthropic interests.

Biographical Note

Pamela Cunningham Copeland was born in Litchfield, Conn., on May 5, 1906, the daughter of Seymour and Stephanie Whitney Cunningham. She attended several boarding schools and graduated from the Knox School in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1924. After graduation, she studied voice in New York City and took lessons at the Julliard School. In January 1929, she went to Paris to study voice and while there met Lammot du Pont Copeland.

Lammot du Pont Copeland (1905-1983) was born in Christiana Hundred, Delaware, the only child of Charles and Louisa du Pont Copeland and a great-​great-​grandson of company founder E.I. du Pont. He graduated from Harvard in 1928 with a degree in chemistry and joined the DuPont Company at its Fairfield, Conn., plant in 1929.

The Copelands were married on February 1, 1930, and had three children: Lammot, Jr., Louisa d'Andelot Copeland, and Gerret van Sweringen Copeland. Lammot du Pont Copeland was transferred to the company's Wilmington headquarters in 1935, and the family settled on a 250-acre estate, Mount Cuba, which was completed in 1937.

Both Copelands were active in the land conservation movement, cultural institutions (including both the Hagley and Winterthur Museums), and local civic and philanthropic work. Mrs. Copeland in particular has received many awards in horticulture and been active in historic preservation, most notably in the National Society of Colonial Dames' restoration of Gunston Hall and as a member of committees overseeing the preservation of the White House and the increase of its collection of historic art and artifacts. Mrs. Copeland was the co-author of "The Five George Masons" and the author of a memoir, "Recollect​ions of Pamela Cunningham Copeland" describing her childhood in Litchfield. She died on January 25, 2001.


Scope and Content

The collection contains photographs of Pamela and Lammot du Pont Copeland and family members. Many of the pictures document the couple's various activities and philanthropic interests.

A large portion of the collection consists of portraits and other photographs of numerous family members, particularly the Cunninghams, Copelands, and du Ponts, spanning the early 1800s through the 1990s. Other families pictured in the collection include Chester, Coit, Knickerbacker, Lincoln, Orr, Shattuck, Sprague, Swearingen, Tribou, Walker, Wallace, and Whitney. In addition to the many portraits of people, there are photographs of family homes, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, gravestones, and trips. In particular, several albums and scrapbooks include photographs of the school and leisure activities of Pamela Copeland and her Cunningham siblings, as well as trips to Europe and Morocco. Photographs from a 1929 trip Charles and Louisa du Pont Copeland took to France show Bois-des-Fosses and Chateau d'Andelot, du Pont ancestral homes in France. There are also photographs of Litchfield, Connecticut, and a photograph of the Troy-Waterford Bridge in Connecticut, 1881, which had been owned by the Knickerbacker family.

The collection also contains some photographs related to Lammot du Pont Copeland's career with the DuPont Company, including an office bridal shower, various meetings, and an album documenting the company's 150th anniversary celebration in 1952. In addition, there are many photographs of activities related to various organizations that the Copelands were involved with, such as the Gunston Hall Board of Regents, the Delaware Safety Council, Harbill Associates, Tastevin Society, and the Walpole Society. There are also photographs related to the philanthropic interests of the Copelands, including the White House Preservation Fund, the Chesapeake Bay Center for Field Biology, and Historic Red Clay Valley. Many photographs show one or both of the Copelands accepting awards and honorary degrees. There are also autographed photographs of Pamela Copeland meeting President Carter in 1978 and President Reagan in 1983. Miscellaneous subjects in the collection include a visit with King Baudouin of the Belgians; the Mt. Cuba bridge being moved by helicopter in 1970; a cabinet that once belonged to Lavoisier; and photographs from the play "Beyond Recognition" by James du Pont.


Separated Material

Copeland Family Papers (Accession 2203), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Pamela C. Copeland
1 Pamela C. Copeland, 1906-1980
1 Pamela and Lammot Copeland, 1981-1982, undated
II. Lammot du Pont Copeland
1 Lammot du Pont Copeland - photographs and oil portrait, 1905-1977
1 Lammot du Pont Copeland - Album, 1905-1910
1 Awards - Lammot du Pont Copeland, 1958
1 Birthday - Lammot du Pont Copeland - photographs of murals used to decorate the tent for Mr. Copeland's 60th birthday, 1965
1 Homes - Mr. and Mrs. Copeland, 1929-1935
1 Office - Lammot du Pont Copeland, 1947, undated
III. Family Members
2 Chester Family, 1810, 1907; photographs and negative
2 Coit Family, 1895-1913
2 Charles Copeland II, circa 1864-1917; photographs and negatives
2 Charles Copeland II - Home, 1910, 1916, undated
2 Charles Copeland III, 1867-1940
2 Charles Copeland III - Harvard Room, circa 1889
2 Louisa du Pont Copeland, 1904-1922, undated
2 Sophia Copeland, 1860-1864, undated
2 Dorothy Coulter, undated
2 Cunningham Family, 1895-1928
2 Cunningham Family Album, 1907-1909
3 Cunningham Family Album, 1907-1913
3 Cunningham Family Album, 1916-1918
3 Cunningham Family Album, 1918-1927
3 Cunningham Family Album, 1927 [album from a trip to Morocco]
3 Cecil Cunningham, 1893-1956 [photographs of Mrs. Cunningham and of her son Alexis]
4 Jane Cunningham, 1914-1954 [photographs of Mrs. Cunningham and of her sons]
4 Jane C. Cunningham, 1850-1915 [Mrs. Cunningham and of her home] ; photographs and slides
4 John and Matilda Cunningham, 1918 [photograph of their tombstone]
4 Macklin Cunningham, 1894-1918
4 Seymour Cunningham, 1876-1939; photographs and slides
4 Seymour and Stephanie Cunningham - Anniversaries, 1932, 1942
4 Seymour and Stephanie Cunningham - Home, 1893-1994
4 Stephanie Whitney/Cunningham, 1892-1929; photographs and slides
4 William Orr Cunningham, 1856-1918 [photographs of Mr. Cunningham and of his tombstone]
4 du Pont Family, 1850, undated
4 Aileen M. du Pont, 1972
4 Pauline L. du Pont, circa 1915
4 Pierre S. du Pont II, 1954, undated
4 Stephen J. Field, 1864
4 Peter Haines, 1924 [photographs of his painted portrait]
5 Gen. Hezekiah Haynes, 1926 [photograph of a 1676 portrait]
5 Henderson-Cowan Families, undated
5 Andrew Jackson, 1889 [photograph of a portrait]
5 Knickerbacker Family, 1863-1918
5 Knickerbacker Family - Home, 1870, 1890
5 John Knickerbacker, 1805
5 John Knickerbacker II, 1850-1862
5 John Knickerbacker III, 1850
5 Lincoln Family, 1830-1873
5 Orr Family, 1866, undated
5 William Orr, 1871
5 Hepzibak Sampson, 1864
5 Shattuck Family, undated
5 Oakes A. Spalding, 1928
5 Sprague Family, 1957, undated [photographs of Gov. Sprague, another family member, and the family cemetery]
5 Swearingen Family, undated
5 Tribou Family, undated
5 Walker Family, 1886, undated
5 Walker Family - Homes, undated
5 Edward C. R. Walker, 1860-1897
5 Joseph T. Walker, undated
5 Samuel Walker, 1849, undated
5 Thomas Walker, undated
5 Wallace Family, undated
5 Whitney Family, undated
5 Charlotte A. Whitney, circa 1875
5 George E. Whitney, undated [photographs of Mr. Whitney and of his tombstone]
5 Mary L. Whitney, 1865-1985 [photographs of Mrs. Whitney and of her wedding portrait]
IV. DuPont Company
6 Bridal Shower, undated
6 Meetings, 1941-1957
6 150th Anniversary, 1952
6 150th Anniversary Album, 1952
V. Locations
6 Litchfield, Connecticut, 1932
6 Troy-Waterford Bridge, Connecticut, 1881
6 Chateau d'Andelot, France, 1929
6 Other Photographs, France, 1929
VI. Organizations
A. Pamela C. Copeland
6 Gunston Hall Board of Regents, 1958, 1980
B. Lammot du Pont Copeland
6 Delaware Safety Council
6 Harbill Associates, circa 1968 [photographs of one of their holdings]
6 Tastevin Society, 1954, undated
6 Walpole Society, 1979-1980
VII. Philanthropy
6 Pamela C. Copeland - Philanthropy - White House Preservation Fund, 1983
6 Pamela C. Copeland - Philanthropy - Chesapeake Bay Center for Field Biology, circa 1968 [photograph of a satellite view of their property]
6 Pamela C. Copeland - Philanthropy - Historic Red Clay Valley, 1967-1968, 1977 [photographs of scenery and of restorations in progress]
VIII. Recognition
A. Pamela C. Copeland
7 Hagley Honors, 1994
7 Honorary Degree - University of Delaware, 1988
7 Philanthropist of the Year Award, 1988
B. Lammot du Pont Copeland
7 Honorary Degrees - Lammot du Pont Copeland, 1961-1981 [photographs of Mr. Copeland receiving honorary degrees from the University of Delaware, the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and the Philadelphia New School of Music]
7 Legion d' Honneur, 1965
7 Netherlands Society of Philadelphia, 1968
7 Order of Officer of Leopold, 1960
IX. Miscellaneous
7 Decorative Arts, 1937, 1959 [photographs of a chair, and of a painting before and after restoration]
7 Visit - King Baudouin of the Belgians, 1959
7 Forbes Dinner, 1967
7 Mt. Cuba Bridge Being Moved, 1970
7 J.A. Lloyd Hyde, 1975, 1979, undated [photographs of Mr. Hyde and of a chandelier he obtained for the Copelands]
7 Pamela C. Copeland - Meeting Presidents, 1978, 1983 [photographs with Presidents Carter and Reagan]
7 Lavoisier artifact, 1982 [photograph of a cabinet which once belonged to Lavoisier]
7 Beyond Recognition, 1993 [photographs from this play by James du Pont]
7 DuPont Gun Powder Advertisement, undated; lithograph copy
7 Oskenontoh, undated [photograph of this Native American]