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DuPont Company Textile Fabrics Department videotapes, photographs, slides and promotions

Accession 2011.320

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


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

Finding aid prepared by Laurie Rizzo, 2013

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, DuPont Company Textile Fabrics Department videotapes, photographs, slides and promotions (Accession 2011.320), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: DuPont Company Textile Fabrics Department videotapes, photographs, slides and promotions
Dates: 1918, 1936, 1946-1958, 1969, 1982-2001, 2004, undated, bulk 1982-1997
Accession Number: 2011.320
Creator: Dick, John A.
Extent: 5 linear feet (7 boxes, 2 folders)
Physical Description: 96 photographic prints: b&w; 8 x 10 in. 5 photographic prints: color; 8 x 10 in. 3 panaramas: b&w. 185 slides: 35 mm. 64 videocassettes (VHS). 33 viedocassettes (U-Matic). 37 promotional items.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: The Textile Fibers Department of the DuPont Company, established in 1936 as the Rayon Department, specialized in researching and developing synthetic fibers for fabrics such as Rayon, Nylon, Teflon, Corian, and Kevlar. This collection primarily contains video tapes (VHS and U-Matic). Most of the content on the VHS videotapes are different than that on the U-Matic videotapes, there are a few duplicate videos that are in both formats. The videotapes content are employee training videos related to management, customer service and safety, as well as, informational videos about product and services, company history and events. Additionally the collection contains photographs, slides, advertising and promotional materials.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

The Textile Fibers Department of the DuPont Company was established in 1936 (known then as the Rayon Department) which specialized in researching and developing synthetic fibers for fabrics such as Rayon, Nylon, Teflon, Corian, and Kevlar. The department was renamed in 1952 to reflect the wider range of fibers being produced and was renamed the Fibers Department in 1988.

During World War I, the DuPont Company constructed a dye works at Deepwater Point, New Jersey. The plant included two research facilities, the Jackson Laboratory and the Technical Laboratory. In 1945 the plant name was changed to the Chambers Works, in honor of Dr. Arthur D. Chambers, a Du Pont executive who promoted company involvement in the dye business. Chamber Works plant was one of two plants in New Jersey that were part of the Organic Chemicals Department devoted to the production of Dyestuffs, Neoprene, Ethyl Alcohol, Camphor and other Organic Chemicals for the rubber, petroleum, textile, paper, perfumery and other industries

DuPont's Chestnut Run Laboratories near Wilmington, Delaware began construction in 1952 and opened in 1954. The research complex includs many buildings such as the Textile Research Laboratory, the Polychemicals Sales Services Laboratory and the Organic Chemical Department. Research at these laboratories was mainly aimed at the development of better textile products from DuPont fibers or the extension of markets through the development of new end uses.

In September 1981 the oil and gas manufacturing company, Conoco Inc. became a subsidiary of the DuPont Company. Several years earlier, Conoco had produced a documentary film, “To Fly” directed by Jim Freeman and Greg MacGillivray in 1976 which was eventually released in 1981 presented by DuPont. The film documents the history of aviation. A second documentary by Freeman and MacGillivray was produced in 1983 by Conoco and presented by DuPont entitled “Flyers.” In 1999, DuPont sold off all of its shares of Conoco, which then merged with Phillips Petroleum Company.

Throughout the 1980s there were several fabrics were developed in DuPont's line of Performance Fabrics. Two of which were Coolmax(TM) and Thermax(TM). Coolmax is a moisture absorbing fabric intended to keep athletes dry and Thermax is a hollow filament polyester fabric for insulation in sportswear for cold weather sports intended to keep a layer of warmth while pushing perspiration to the upper layers of fabric. Another fabric, ThermaStat(TM), similar to Thermax was designed to be light, warm and breathable.

Beginning in the early 1980s, the DuPont company made a strategic effort to broaden marketing capabilities by making every employee a salesperson. There were ongoing orientation programs within the company which stressed the need for all employees no matter what their duties, to understand the marketing function and relate their efforts to satisfying the customer. Additionally, there were seminars for staff given by staff such as the Professional Excellence Community Seminars, which appear to have been monthly and the annual DuPont TechCon, which is a muti-day conference where scientists, technical developers and business development managers from Dupont network and share ideas.

In 1987 the DuPont Company celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the invention of Nylon and Teflon. The theme for the year was “Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future.” The company held several events to commemorate the anniversary.

Edgar S. Woolard, Jr. was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1989 to 1996. Due to the economic recession of the early 1990s Woolard supervised a substantial downsizing of the company in an effort to cut costs and focus on the manufacturing of DuPont’s core products. The company also underwent a reorganization and an international expansion. When Woolard retired in 1996 DuPont’s stock value had increased by 160%.

DuPont formed a subsidiary for the Fibers Department called Invista in 2003 which was sold to Koch Industries in 2004. Products such as the Performance Fabrics developed by DuPont are now part of Invista.

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Scope and Content

The collection primarily consists of videotapes. The videotapes content are employee training videos related to management, professionalism, advancement, customer service and safety, as well as, informational videos about products, services and company history. Research and Development department videos focus on corporate strategy, professional contribution, cost effectiveness training, safety and waste management. There are recordings of various seminar and conference presentations from Professional Excellence Community Seminars, Technology Seminar, and TechCon, all of which are presented by DuPont employees to other DuPont employees. Several other events have been recorded such as the DuPont MLK Educational Convocation, a 1995 Internet Fair, the Fibers and Composites Development Centres open house and the launch of the DuPont intranet database of proprietary information, SCION. There are also videos which were played at special events such as the company’s Fiftieth Anniversary celebration.

Additionally, there are several VHS copies of the DuPont sponsored documentary films, “To Fly” and “Flyers.” There is also some footage of news segments about “To Fly” and an episode of the Today Show featuring “Flyers.”

There are group photographs of the Chamber Works Construction employees. For some years there are two different images for the same year featuring two different groups of employees, presumably from the two different laboratories at the Chamber Works site, the Jackson Laboratory and the Technical Laboratory, although the photographs are not labeled as such. The photographs include the names identifying the individuals in the photograph printed on the front of the photographs. Years with two group shots include 1948 and 1950 through 1957.

The photographs of the Chestnut Run Laboratories include primarily exterior shots of the research complex parking lots, construction and buildings, specifically the Textile Research Laboratory, the Polychemicals Sales Service Laboratory and the Organic Chemicals Department building. There are a few interior shots of one laboratory which is not identified and shows the same equipment from various points-of-view.

There are a few photographs of models for Nylon and Teflon fabric. Three photographs of one model and two of a different model in two different nylon dresses. There is also an image of an astronaut in a Teflon fabric coverall designed for the NASA Apollo 7 mission.

The three panoramic photographs include one print of the New Ponsol Color Building in 1936 and two reproductions of an unidentified plant taken by DuPont panoramic photographer John A. Dick in 1918. The two reproductions are of the same image, one copy is significantly larger and both are in sections.

There are three sets of slides used in presentations and one mixed set of slides. The largest presentation includes 119 slides on the history and products of the DuPont Company. The two shorter slide presentations focus on DuPont’s Patent Services; the Central Patents Index (CPI) and the Central Report Index (CRI). The set of “mixed slides” was labeled such by the unknown creator and contains images of employees working, the library and images of Repauno Works, Dupont’s dynamite production company.

Advertising and promotional materials include brochures, press kits, tearsheets and product information on DuPont’s Performance Fibers: Coolmax, Thermax and ThermaStat. There is one issue of the newsletter "On Centre: Textile Fibers/Petrochemicals Relocation Newsletter" and an information sheet about MicroSelect fabric. The 1996 calendar features images of textiles under the view of a scanning electron microscope and there is a car windshield shade which advertises the DuPont product “Corian.”

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged by format and divided into five series: Photographs, Slides, Adverstising and promotional materials, Videotapes (VHS) and Videotapes (U-Matic). Each series primary arrangement is alphabetical and secondary arrangment is chronological.

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Access Points

Advertising.
Delaware--Textile factories.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. Chestnut Run.
Employees--Training of.
Keane, Dushanka
Patents.
Textile factories--Delaware.
Textile fibers, Synthetic.
Textile workers.
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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Photographs, 1918, 1936, 1944-1946, 1948, 1950-1958, bulk 1950-1958
107 photographic prints
Box Folder
1 1 Chambers Works Construction group photographs, 1944-1946, 1948, 1950-1958; 24 photographic prints 8 x 10 b&w
1 2 Chestnut Run Laboratories, exterior, circa 1950s; 47 photographic prints 8 x 10 b&w
1 3 Chestnut Run Laboratories, interior, circa 1950s; 16 photographic prints 8 x 10 b&w
1 4 Chestnut Run Laboratories, Textile Research Laboratory, exterior front views, circa 1950s; 8 photographic prints 8 x 10 b&w
1 5 Nylon dress models, circa 1950s; 5 photographic prints 8 x 10 color
Panorama (photograph), New Ponsol Color Building, Project 155736, Dye Works Construction, 1936 March 31; 1 photographic prints
Panorama (print), unidentified plant, by John A. Dick, 1918; 2 photographic prints
Box Folder
1 6 Teflon fabric flight coveralls for NASA Apollo 7, "astronaunt" posing in mock-up capsule, 1969 February 27; 1 photographic prints 8 x 10 b&w
II. Slides, undated
185 slides
Box Folder
1 7 Presentation on Central Patents Index, patent services, undated; 18 slides
1 8 Presentation on Central Report Index, patents services, undated; 16 slides
1 9 Presentation on DuPont Company history and products, undated; 119 slides
1 10 Presentation, mixed slides, undated; 32 slides
III. Advertising and promotional materials, 1987, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2004, undated
37 items
Drawer Folder
A-75 1 Calendar, "Textiles view with scanning electron microscope", 1996; 1 item 14.25 x 17.75
A-75 2 Car windshield shade advertisement for Corian, circa 1994; 1 item
Box Folder
2 1 "On Centre: Textile Fibers/Petrochemicals Relocation Newsletter" and MicroSelect fabric information sheet, 1987 April/May, undated; 3 items
2 2 Performance Fabrics, Coolmax brochures, press kits, tearsheets and product information, circa 2004, undated; 12 items
2 3 Performance Fabrics, Coolmax and Thermastat marketing program information sheets and bumperstickers, 1997; 9 items
2 4 Performance Fabrics, Thermax Fabric tearsheets and information guide, undated; 7 items
2 5 Perfromance Fabrics, Thermax Fabric tearsheet (two page spread), undated; 4 items
IV. Videotapes (VHS), 1976, 1983, 1986-1997, 2000, 2004, undated
64 videocassette
Box
3 Aviation, "Flyers" a documentary film by Conoco Inc., 1983; 1 videocassette
3 Aviation, "To Fly" a documentary film by Conoco Inc., 1976; 4 videocassette 4 copies
3 Aviation, "To Fly" segments, Channel 12 WHYY, "20th Year of I-MAX Film" and Channel 3 KYW/CBS, CBS This Morning, 1996 June 25, 1996 July 1; 2 videocassette 2 copies; Run time: 8:15
3 Aviation, Today Show, featuring "Flyers", 1983 January 19; 1 videocassette
3 Employee training, (DRL) "Career Systems: Accomplishment Awards and Special Compensation" presented by Bob Melega, 1991; 1 videocassette Run time: 31:00
3 Employee training, (DRL) "Position Evaluation System", 1991; 1 videocassette Run time: 27:00
3 Employee training, (DRL) "Professional Progression", 1991; 1 videocassette Run time: 25:00
3 Employee training, "Innovation: Ideas to Market", undated; 1 videocassette
3 Employee training, "Pat Schroeder Presentation to DuPont Employees, The DuPont Playhouse", 1989 December; 1 videocassette Run time: 1:03:00
3 Employee training, "Super Support Professionals", 1988 September 30; 1 videocassette Run time: 9:24
3 Employee training, "Using Knowledge Management to Create and Effective Organization", undated; 1 videocassette Run time: 2:00:00
3 Events, "DuPont Audit Meeting", 1986 February 21; 1 videocassette
3 Events, "DuPont MLK Educational Convocation", 2004 January 18; 1 videocassette Run time: 1:44:27
3 Events, "Fibers and Composites Development Centres open house" video by Leo Hamilton, 1988 October 29; 1 videocassette
3 Events, "Internet Fair, tape 1, introduction; remarks; collabroative tools from internet; education by internet; serving multimedia tech. info via the World Wide Web", 1995; 1 videocassette Run time: 1:30:10
3 Events, "Internet Fair, tape 2, all's fair in modeling and simulation; surf's up at goverment labs; internet use in life sciences; treasures found on the internet; netsmarts: secure use of the internet; use of client software over phonelines", 1995; 1 videocassette Run time: 1:57:40
3 Events, "Internet Fair, tape 3, internet 101", 1995; 1 videocassette Run time: 1:51:10
3 Events, "SCION launch", 1991 June 19; 3 videocassette one master and two copies
3 Events, "Scientific Information Global Network (SIGN) Knowledge Exploration" with P. Isselmann, S. D'Amico and T. Haun, 2000 December 4; 1 videocassette tape 1 of 2 only, run time: 49:00
3 Informational, "DuPont Partnership for Carpet Reclamation", 1992 October; 1 videocassette
3 Informational, "Historical Footage, Kevlar/Nylon/Lucite", undated; 1 videocassette
3 Informational, "A New World Through Chemistry", 1995; 1 videocassette Run time: 20:00
3 Informational, "The Wonderful World of Nylon", 1988; 1 videocassette Run time: 12:36
3 "Invention" Discovery Channel program with Stephanie Kwolek on Kevlar fiber, 1990 November 17; 1 videocassette No sound after first ten minutes
3 "Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth with Bill Moyers," PBS program 1: "The Hero's Adventure", 1988; 1 videocassette Run time: 59:00
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4 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Biotechnology: a Broad Overview" with Dr. Elmer L. Gaden, 1987 November 19; 1 videocassette
4 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Strategic Directions/Imaging" with Dr. Bruce Ferguson, 1989 April 10; 1 videocassette Run time: 57:46
4 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Scientific Issues for the Year 2000" with Dr. R. Quisenberry, 1989 May 8; 1 videocassette
4 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Road Show Introduction", 1989 May 17; 1 videocassette
4 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "The Professional Excellence Community", 1989 May ; 3 videocassette 3 copies, run time: 18:35
4 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Fashion 1990" by Iris Lebron and Rose Forde, 1989 October 9; 1 videocassette Run time: 1:04:00
4 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "The Ozone Issue" with Dwight Bedsole, Kinston Plant, 1989 October 30; 1 videocassette Run time: 59:33
4 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Venture into Composites" with Joseph Lees, Kinston Plant, 1989 ; 1 videocassette Run time: 59:45
4 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Trends/Megatrends" with T.P. Doherty, Fibers Department/Tech Plans, 1990 February; 1 videocassette
4 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Aids" with Dr. Dean Winslow, DuPont/MERCK, 1993 January; 2 videocassette 2 copies, run time: 1:00:00
4 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Continuous Tape", undated; 1 videocassette
4 Research and development, "The Contribution of the Professional" with Dr. Alexander Maclachlan, 1987 April 22; 1 videocassette
4 Research and development, "Science and Corporate Strategy" with David A. Hounshell, Carnegie Mellon University, undated; 1 videocassette Run time: 1:22:00
4 TC Squared Today, "Advanced Technology in the Garment Industry" with Frank Hughes, Circa 1989; 1 videocassette Run time: 17:45
4 TechCon, Technical Conference: Graciela Blanchet, George Kodakian, George Goldman and Hyun Shin, 1994 May 5; 1 videocassette Run time: 2:00:00
4 TechCon, Technical Conference: Chester Miller, Tom Hager, Chi-Kai Shih and Terry Allen, 1994 May 5; 1 videocassette Run time: 1:40:10
4 TechCon, Technical Conference: Geo. Vassillatos, R. Barton, B. Hsiao, A. Kennedy, R. Leach, R. Ross, H. Zachman, Charlie Stewart, Cas Anaolick, and Albert Tam, 1994 May 5; 1 videocassette Run time: 1:50:49
4 TechCon, Technical Conference: Gary Lavin, 1994 May 5; 1 videocassette Run time: 22:20
4 TechCon, Technical Conference: Mark Wetzel, John Lathrop, Chi-Kai Shih, EXES Team and Edward Fahy, 1994 May 6; 1 videocassette Run time: 51:22
4 Technology Seminar, "Trends in U.S. Fiber Technology", 1996 November 19; 1 videocassette Run time: 51:21
4 Technology Seminar, "Corporate Process Development Group" with Pamela Brown, 1996 December 17; 2 videocassette 2 copies, run time: 33:14:00
4 Technology Seminar, "DuPont Central Research" with Dr. Clarence Law, 1997 January; 2 videocassette 2 copies, run time: 1:01:32
4 Woolard, Ed; "Dialogue with Ed Woolard," 7 modules, 1991 January ; 1 videocassette Run time: 49:31
4 Woolard, Ed; "Forum VI" with Kearns, Cardinal, Carson, Saegebarth and Smoots, undated; 1 videocassette
4 Woolard, Ed: "Video Conference" part 1, 1992 February 5; 2 videocassette 2 copies; run time: 2:00:00
4 Woolard, Ed: "Video Conference" part 2, 1992 February 5; 2 videocassette 2 copies; run time: 10:00
V. Videotapes (U-Matic), 1982, 1983, 1986-1991, undated
33 videocassette
Box
5 Employee training, "Innovation: Agent of Change", undated; 1 videocassette Run time: 21:30
5 Employee training, "Innovation: Ideas to Market", undated; 1 videocassette
5 Informational, "DuPont Shaping the Future", undated; 1 videocassette Run time: 19:30
5 Informational, "We are the Future" ("the Rabbit Skit" on propanediol), 1991 January 23; 1 videocassette Run time: 8:00
5 Events, "DuPont Shaping the Future," DuPont 50th Anniversary A/V Presentation", 1988 April 25; 1 videocassette Run time: 10:32
5 Events, "Celebrate," video slideshow of DuPont employees, undated; 1 videocassette Run time: 17:00
5 Events, "DuPont Audit Meeting," tape 1, 1986 February 21; 2 videocassette 2 copies
5 Events, "DuPont Audit Meeting," tape 2, 1986 February 21; 2 videocassette 2 copies
5 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Biotechnology: a Broad Overview" with Dr. Elmer L. Gaden, tape 2, 1987 November 19; 1 videocassette
5 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "DuPont Apparel Marketing" with Rose Anne Forde and Iris Lebron, tape 2, 1988 March 14; 1 videocassette Run time: 13:51
5 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "High Performance Carbon, Ceramic Fibers, Fiber Composites" with Professor A. S. Abhiraman, Georgia Tech, tape 1, 1988 May; 1 videocassette Run time: 52:05
5 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "High Performance Carbon, Ceramic Fibers, Fiber Composites" with Professor A. S. Abhiraman, Georgia Tech, tape 2, 1988 May; 1 videocassette Run time: 31:55
5 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Career Development for the Technical Professional" with Dr. Roger A. Gregg, tape 1, 1988 August; 1 videocassette Run time: 55:23
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6 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Career Development for the Technical Professional" with Dr. Roger A. Gregg, tape 2, 1988 August; 1 videocassette Run time: 18:34
6 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Strategic Directions for DuPont's Electronic Imaging" with Dr. Bruce Ferguson, 1989 April 10; 1 videocassette Run time: 57:46
6 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Venture into Composites" with Joseph Lees, Kingston Plant, 1989 August 22; 1 videocassette Run time: 59:45
6 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Fashion /Fabric" with Iris Lebron and Rose Forde, tape 1, 1989 October 9; 1 videocassette Run time: 1:00:00
6 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Fashion /Fabric" with Iris Lebron and Rose Forde, tape 2, 1989 October 9; 1 videocassette Run time: 4:00
6 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "The Ozone Issue" with Dwight Bedsole, Kinston Plant, 1989 October 30; 1 videocassette Run time: 59:33
6 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Trends/Megatrends" with T.P. Doherty, Fibers Department/Tech Plans, 1990 February; 1 videocassette
6 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Economic Prospects of 1991" with Richard Stuckey, Chief Economist at DuPont, tape 1, 1990 December 3; 1 videocassette Run time: 1:00:00
6 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "Economic Prospects of 1991" with Richard Stuckey, Chief Economist at DuPont, tape 2, 1990 December 3; 1 videocassette Run time: 20:00
6 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "New Global Agenda" with Professor James Harf, part 1, 1991 September 9; 1 videocassette Run time: 1:00:00
6 Professional Excellence Community Seminars, "New Global Agenda" with Professor James Harf, part 2, 1991 September 9; 1 videocassette Run time: 20:00
6 Research and development, "Cost Effectiveness," ENCF training, basic financial definitions, terminology, overview and philosophy, part 1, 1982; 1 videocassette Run time: 50:00
6 Research and development, "Cost Effectiveness," ENCF training, basic financial definitions, terminology, overview and philosophy, part 2, 1983 February 2; 1 videocassette Run time 55:00
6 Research and development, "Cost Effectiveness," ENCF training, basic financial definitions, terminology, overview and philosophy, part 3, 1983 February 2; 1 videocassette Run time 15:00
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7 Research and development, "The Contribution of the Professional" with Dr. Alexander Maclachlan, 1987 April 22; 1 videocassette
7 Research and development, "The DuPont Commitment: The Story of Health and Safety at DuPont", undated; 1 videocassette Run time: 15:00
7 Research and development, "Eye on DuPont: Hazardous Waste", undated; 1 videocassette
7 Research and development, press release, undated; 1 videocassette Run time: 60:00