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Ansco G. Bruinier, Jr. collection of DuPont photographs
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Ansco G. Bruinier, Jr. collection of DuPont photographs

Accession 2014.217

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Ansco G. Bruinier, Jr. collection of DuPont photographs (Accession 2014.217), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Ansco G. Bruinier, Jr. collection of DuPont photographs
Dates: 1919-1969
Accession Number: 2014.217
Creator: Bruinier, Ansco G., Jr., 1898-1993
Extent: 0.25 linear foot
Physical Description: 54 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 5 photographic prints : b&w ; 6 x 9.5 in. 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 5.5 x 7.5 in. 2 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 5 in. 7 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. or smaller. 1 viewbook. 2 newspaper clippings (copies). 1 item : letter. 1 item : memorandum. 1 certificate.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: Ansco G. Bruinier, Jr. (1898-1993) was an employee in the textiles department at the DuPont Company's Chambers Works plant in Deepwater, New Jersey. The Chamber Works was constructed during World War I and entered the market for dyes left vacant by Germany's absence. This small collection consists of photographs which document a selection of highlights of Bruinier's career working in the Jackson Laboratory. The photographs date from 1919 through 1969.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

Ansco G. Bruinier, Jr. (1898-1993) was an employee in the textiles department at the DuPont Company's Chambers Works plant in Deepwater, New Jersey.

The Chamber Works was constructed during World War I and entered the market for dyes left vacant by Germany's absence. This was the DuPont Company's first major venture into organic chemistry fields. The plant included Jackson Laboratory and the Technical Laboratory, two major research facilities. In 1945 the plant name was changed to the Chambers Works, in honor of Dr. Arthur D. Chambers, a DuPont executive who promoted company involvement in the dye business.

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Scope and Content

This small collection consists of photographs which document a selection of highlights of Bruinier's career working in the Jackson Laboratory. The photographs date from 1919 through 1969. Included are interior and exterior views of the Jackson Laboratory, many images show people working and a series of images depicting the dye process. There are several staff group portraits as well as personal snapshots of Bruinier with small groups of colleagues. There are also event photographs from the Board of directors safety awards ceremony from the 1950s and a certificate presented to Bruinier.

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Access Points

Dyes and dyeing--Textile fibers.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company.
Green, Margot
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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Box Folder
1 1 Board of directors safety award ceremonies, 1946, 1950, 1952, 1956; 21 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
Box Folder
1 2 Dye process [Includes: winding cotton skeins for dying; mounting dyed samples to be used in advertising literature; view of dry cans in operation; photometer for determining brights of scoured test piece; strip of fastness tests; ball mill for grinding pigments into paint; winding strips with samples of dyed cotton in varying strengths; and Laboratory Chattanooga Rawstock Machine.] ; 8 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. mounted on board.
Box Folder
1 3 Jackson Laboratory, exteriors and aerial, 1919, undated; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 6 x 9.5 in. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 5.5 x 7.5 in.
Box Folder
1 4 Jackson Laboratory, interiors, circa 1930s-1960s [Includes images of people working and the dye properties lab.] ; 14 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 4 photographic prints : b&w ; 6 x 9.5 in. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 5.5 x 7.5 in.
Box Folder
1 5 Order of the Spectrum certificate, 1963 February 26 [Awarded to Ansco G. Bruinier, Jr.] ; 1 item : certificate.
Box Folder
1 6 Personal snapshots, 1939, 1950s, 1969 [Includes Jenny Baldwin pushing an infant in a stroller, unidentified groups with Bruinier, a viewbook of Bamberg Cathedral, two newspaper clippings and a memorandum about a retirees Christmas party, and two photographs of a small group with Bruinier outside of the "The Modern World of Chemistry" exhibition at the 1939 New York World's Fair with accompanying letter from Bob Harper.] ; 2 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 5 in. 7 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. or smaller. 1 viewbook. 2 newspaper clippings (copies). 1 item : letter. 1 item : memorandum.
Box Folder
1 7 Staff group portraits, circa 1930s-1950s; 9 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.