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William du Pont and William du Pont, Jr. photographic materials

Accession 2007.205

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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Descriptive Summary

Title: William du Pont and William du Pont, Jr. photographic materials
Dates: 1898-1962
Accession Number: 2007.205
Creator: du Pont, William, 1855-1928.; du Pont, William, 1896-1965
Extent: 6.5 linear feet and 2 oversize folders
Physical Description: 191 photographic prints : b&w : 8 x 10 in. and smaller. 1 photographic print : b&w : 8.5 x 12.5 in. on mat 10 x 14.5 in. 1 photographic print : b&w : 34.5 x 13.5 in. 1 panorama : b&w : 45.5 x 8 in. 93 negatives : glass. 66 negatives : film. 3 photomechanical prints (halftone) : b&w. 3 items (metal printing plates) : 9 x 6 in.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: Both William du Pont and his son William du Pont, Jr. were involved with the U.S.F. Powder Company (a.k.a. U.S. Flashless Powder Company). This collections consists of photographic material transferred from the William du Pont Papers, mostly relating to the U.S.F. Powder Company, together with the Ball Grain Explosives Company which was in a way U.S.F. Powder Company predecessor. It also includes William du Pont's family photographs and negatives.
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Historical Note

Both William du Pont and his son William du Pont, Jr. were involved with the U.S.F. Powder Company, materials of which are found in their papers. U.S.F. Powder Company (a.k.a. U.S. Flashless Powder Company) was incorporated by brothers Ernest du Pont (1880-1944) and Francis I. du Pont (1873-1942) in February 4, 1919 to develop and manufacture flashless powder for the U.S. Navy, under their patents. William du Pont became a stockholder of his cousins’ enterprise on February 12, 1919; William du Pont, Jr. joined in 1920. They both were on the Board of Directors: William du Pont until 1926 and William du Pont, Jr. from December 23, 1929 until dissolution of the company in May 1945.

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Separated Material

William du Pont and William du Pont, Jr. papers (Accession 2317), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. William du Pont papers, 1910s, 1920s, 1962
Scope and Content
Consists of photographic material transferred from the William du Pont Papers, mostly relating to the U.S.F. Powder Company, together with the Ball Grain Explosives Company which was in a way U.S.F. Powder Company predecessor. This series primarily contains glass plate negatives of experimental firings of flashless powder samples, accompanied by the explosion photographs. Several prints are included with negatives.
Also included are three oversize sheets with mounted photographs presenting comparisons of various test firings.
Some negatives are smashed and thrown away [envelopes marked as “empty”]; others are broken or cracked [marked “broken’]. Few negatives are film, not glass.
Arrangement
Negatives are organized by shot number within each type of the gun caliber.
A. Glass Negatives of Test Firings Photographs, 1918-1925
Box
1 3”/50. Shots: 7, 8(broken), 13-16, 19(broken), 27(broken), 28, 32(empty), 33, 37(empty), 38, 59(broken), 60, 61, 66, 67, 71(includes print), 72, 73(broken), 74-76, 86-89
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2 3”/50. Shots: 111, 112, 119, 123, 132, 370 (film negative and print), 375 (film negative)
2 5”/51. Shots: 168, 169, 183(broken), 186, 187(empty), 192(broken), 206- 208(all empty), 211(empty), 214(empty), 215(empty), 223, 226, 229, 233, 239-243
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3 5”/51. Shots: 245, 246, 251, 252, 265, 266(broken), 267(empty)
3 6 pounder. Shots: 21, 22, 24, 29, 49, 50, 58, 61(empty), 62, 72(broken), 73-75, 77(broken), 78, 92(broken), 97(empty), 222(film negative), 223(film negative)
3 Machine gun – service powder; Machine gun – U.S.F. powder; Crater of explosion at Granogue, Del., August 15, 1918 (includes print); Shot # 12. Service W-01055 (includes 3 prints); Shot # 13. N-N-25-75 (includes 3 prints)
B. Photographs, 1910s-1920s
Drawer
AA-10 Comparison of multiperforated grain and tubes; comparison of rear and front end ignition; comparison of service and U.S.F. Powder, and Service, undated; Seventeen 7.5 x 4.5 photo prints mounted on four sheets of soft cardboard
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A-63 Panoramic view of the Wilmington Horse Show, September 1914; 45.5 x 8
A-63 Percheron teams at horse show – an enlarged print of one of L. Staanger’s photographs from the “Montpelier – Horses” folder of the Family Photographs and Negatives part of the collection, circa 1910s-1920s, undated; 34.5 x 13.5
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8 Group pictures of the National Horse Show Association of America meetings at Biltmore Hotel, New York, 1917-1919; Three 19 x 12
8 Five men - most probably horse show judges and guests, one of whom may be William du Pont, late 1910s-1920s; 14 x 11
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4 Delaware Trust Building - Hercules Powder Company Reception Room, circa 1962 [transferred from the papers of Shapdale, Inc., present Delaware Trust Building addition of 1959-1962 – the so called Hercules Tower, and interior design of the Hercules Company reception room] ; Thirteen 10 x 8 prints
II. du Pont family
Scope and Content
Series II. is composed of William du Pont's family photographs and negatives. This series includes portraits of family members, views of Virginia family estate Montpelier, numerous professional shots from horse shows, and amateur shots made in England in the second half of 1890s.
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4 Portraits of Marion du Pont and William du Pont, Jr. – Proofs, 1898 [children of William du Pont and Annie Rogers du Pont – four year old Marion and two year old William, Jr. at the photographer’s studio (Mayall & Co., Ltd. of London)] ; Three 4.5 x 5 proof photographs
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7 Samuel du Pont (1710-1775), William du Pont (1855-1928), and Montpelier residence, undated; 3 metal printing plates
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4 Buildings, landscape, people, and animals presumably shot by William or Annie du Pont when they lived in Binfield Park, Bracknell, England, 1897-1900; fourteen 5 x 3.5 negatives
4 Views of buildings, landscapes and interiors, presumably of one of the mansions in England where William du Pont’s family lived; William du Pont and Annie Rogers du Pont; young child, between 1 and 2 years old, probably either Marion or William du Pont, 1892-1900; 4 folders Twenty-three 6.5 x 4.5 photographs and fifty-two negatives
Box
6 Montpelier, 1906-1909 [general views and details of a building, landscape (park), dogs, horses, and a girl with pony who is probably Marion du Pont at the age of 12-15]; 2 folders sixty four 6 x 3.5 negatives
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5 Montpelier, circa 1920s [mansion, garden, green house, Montpelier railway station and Montpelier Supply Co. buildings, farm workers, stock, and horse show scenes; two images by New York photographer L. Stanger]; 10 folders Forty nine 8 x 6 photo prints, forty four of which are mounted with covers; two 7 x 5 prints; one 5 x 3.5 photo; 2 postcards
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8 Montpelier mansion façade; aerial view of Montpelier estate; William du Pont, Jr. on horseback, with hunting dogs in front of the mansion; Nine oversize photographs
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6 Bryn Mawr, PA Horse Show, 1914 [horses – show champion “Twenty-four Karat” and “Marjory Moreland”, first saddle horse under 15.2 long tail; photographed by L. Stanger]; Two 8 x 6 photographs
6 Delaware State Fair Horse Show – Judging Percherons, 1922 [W. du Pont, Jr. as a judge, signed on the back of one of the prints]; Two 9.5 x 6.5 prints
6 Horse Show – Carriage Horses [carriage horses chapter of an unidentified horse show]; Two 10 x 8 prints
6 Willisden Fashion, after 1916 [a horse Willisden Fashion foaled in 1916, with pedigree on the back of the print]; One 6 x 5 photograph
6 Fryer Studio, Syracuse, NY, 1930s [six horse Percheron team, Percheron horses]; one 10 x 8 annotated print; four 3 x 5 annotated prints
6 Haas, New York, 1920s [carriage horses; horse clearing a hurdle; W. du Pont’s champion racing horse Chief Inspector]; Six 7 x 5 prints, one mounted with cover
6 Harris & Ewing, Washington, DC, 1920s [carriage horses; man and a woman on horsebacks]; Two 9.5 x 6.5 prints; one 6.5 x 4.5 print
6 Hildebrand Pictures, Inc., New York - horses, 1920s; Nine 7.5 x 5.5 prints
6 Carl Klein, New York - carriage horses, 1920s; three 10 x 8 proof prints
6 Krum [four 5 x 3.5 prints mounted in oval frame with cover of a horse, possibly Chief Inspector], 1920s
6 Royal Studio, Wilmington, Del. - Delaware State Fair Horse Show, 1920s; two 7 x 5 photographs
6 H.A. Strohmeyer, Jr., Newark, New Jersey - carriage horse and running horse, 1920s; seven 7 x 5 photographs
6 Winants Bros., Inc., Baltimore, Md. - horse, 1950s-1960s; one 10 x 8 print
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5 Ray Woolfe, Jr. - horsemen, 1964; one 12 x 8.5 mounted print
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6 Arthur Wright, [UNK], with horses, workers and horsemen at a horse show; William du Pont, Jr., 1920s; five 7 x 5 prints
6 Miscellaneous [horses, bull, tennis court], 1920s; sixteen 6.5 x 4.5, eight 5.5 x 3, four 4.5 x 3 photographs, not annotated
6 Carriage horses and Percherons from Montpelier farm at horse shows, 1920s; half-tone prints