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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
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Pamela C. and Lammot du Pont Copeland family photographs (Accession 1999.243), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 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.
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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.

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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.

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Separated Material

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

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

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