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Stephanie Kwolek photographs and videotapes

Accession 2014.248

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


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

Finding aid prepared by Laurie Rizzo, 2014.,

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Stephanie Kwolek photographs and videotapes (Accession 2014.248), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Stephanie Kwolek photographs and videotapes
Dates: circa 1920, 1948-2010; bulk 1970-1997
Accession Number: 2014.248
Creator: Kwolek, Stephanie, 1923-2014
Extent: 3.25 linear feet
Physical Description: 39 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 22 photographic prints : b&w ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller. 9 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. 208 photographic prints : color ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller. 2 negatives : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. 15 photographic reproductions on office paper : b&w and color ; 4 x 6 in. 655 slides : b&w and color ; 35mm. 1 contact sheet. 3 photograph albums. 1 photographic print : color ; 5 x 7 in. mounted on wood. 3 oversize photographs. 29 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. 1 sound cassette : analog. 1 CD containing digital images. 12 items. 3.25 GB.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: Stephanie Louise Kwolek (1923-2014) was an American chemist known for inventing Kevlar. She worked for the DuPont Company for forty years. Kwolek's main area of research was polymers, including high-performance fibers. This collection contains photographs, albums, slides and videotapes related to Kwolek's career and achievements, including her work on Kevlar.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Stephanie Louise Kwolek (1923-2014) was an American chemist known for inventing Kevlar. In 1946, after graduating from what is now Carnegie-Mellon University with a B.S. in Chemistry, Kwolek began her career as a research chemist at DuPont's textile fabrics laboratory in Buffalo, New York. She transferred to Wilmington, Delaware six years later when the Pioneering Research Laboratory opened. During her forty years at DuPont, Kwolek's main area of research was polymers, including high-performance fibers like Kevlar, for which she was awarded the patent in 1974.

Kwolek retired from DuPont in 1986 and worked as a consultant in addition to serving on the National Research Council and National Academy of Sciences. Kwolek was awarded a total of twenty-eight patents and won a number of awards for her work, including the National Medal of Technology and Perkin Medal. Kwolek was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1995 and the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2003.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains photographs, albums, slides and videotapes related to Kwolek's career and achievements, including her work on Kevlar.

The Personal photographs and snapshots series includes portraits of Kwolek at various times throughout her career, primarily in the 1970s, a few from the 1980s and 1990s. There are two portraits of her mother, Nellie, as a young woman. Her brother Stanley appears in several snapshots at various events with Kwolek and other family members. There are several photographs of Kwolek with colleagues Paul Morgan and Herbert Blades and a few group portraits with DuPont staff members. There are slides from a trip to Japan in 1983, where she attended a seminar on polymer liquids. There are also snapshots from Kwolek's retirement party.

The Awards and honors photographs series contains both formal portraits as well as informal snapshots of Kwolek at several award presentation events such as the Kilby Award, Lavoisier Medal for Technical Achievement, the Perkin Medal, the Plastics Hall of Fame, and a photograph of Kwolek shaking hands with President Bill Clinton.

The Presentation slides series consists of three sets of slide presentations on Kevlar and polymers and one set of slides and some photographic prints of figures used for a publication.

The Videotapes series is comprised of award ceremonies, documentary specials containing interviews or appearances of Kwolek, and DuPont Public Relations video related to the invention of Kevlar.

The Audio series contains one audio cassette tape of the "DuPont Kentucky Derby."

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into five series: Personal photographs and snapshots; Awards and honors photographs; Presentation slides; Videotapes and Audio. The first three series are arranged chronologically. The Videotapes series is arranged alphabetically. There is only one audio cassette tape.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Personal photographs and snapshots
Box Folder
1 1 Nellie Kwolek portraits, circa 1920; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 8 x 10 in. (Removed from frames).
Box Folder
1 2 Polymer Group portraits, DuPont Laboratory, Buffalo, New York, 1948; 4 photographic prints : b&w ; 7 x 11 in. Individuals identified.
Box Folder
1 3 Stephanie Kwolek, her mother Nellie and other family members, 1950, undated; 2 photographic reproductions : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 2.5 x 4.5.
Box Folder
1 4 Kwolek snapshots, circa 1928, 1946, 1960, 1980, 1982, 1984 [Includes Kwolek and Paul Morgan doing the "Nylon rope trick demonstration"; Kwolek in her laboratory; Kwolek at her desk; Kwolek with Paul Morgan and Herbert Blades; Kwolek with DuPont Lab "singles"; Professor Padahiro Asada's visit to Experimental Station; Kwolek being filmed for an interview; and Kwolek as a child on a pony.] ; 1 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 5 x 7 in. 9 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in. or smaller. 3 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 6 in. or smaller.
Box Folder
1 5 Kwolek group and individual portraits, circa 1970s, 1985 [Includes Kwolek with Paul Morgan; Kwolek receiving Society of Plastic Engineers Award; Kwolek with microscope portrait; Pioneering Research exhibit board; unidentified man portrait; Kwolek and Paul Morgan picture and article about "Fiber B".] ; 3 photographic prints : color ; 5 x 7 in. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 3.5 x 3.5 in. 1 magazine photograph clip with photocopy reproduction of accompanying letter (original in M&A). 1 magazine photograph and article clipping mounted on board : color ; 6 x 8 in. (Removed from frames).
Box Folder
1 6 Spruance Research Lab personnel, 1974, 1977 [Includes Kwolek, Paul Morgan, and Herbert Blades, among others.] ; 3 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. (Removed from frames).
Box Folder
1 7 Kwolek portraits, 1976-1980, 1988; 16 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 8 x 10 in. 11 photographic prints : b&w ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller. 1 photographic print : color ; 1.75 x 1.75 in. 2 negatives : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. 15 photographic reproductions on office paper : b&w and color ; 4 x 6 in. 1 contact sheet. 4 items : magazine articles. 1 item : photocopy of newspaper clipping. 2 slides : b&w ; 35mm.
Drawer
L-40 Kwolek portrait, circa 1990 [Artist: Macht.] ; 1 photographic print of a drawing : color ; 11 x 14 in. matted. (Removed from frame).
Box Folder
1 8 Paul Morgan, Herbert Blades and Stephanie Kwolek group portrait, 1977 January [Used in Dupont News.] ; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
Box Folder
1 9 Fashion advertisement for bulletproof clothing, 1981 September 13 [Baltimore Sun.] ; 1 item.
Box Folder
1 10 Pioneering Research Laboratory staff group portraits, 1981, 1983, 1984 [The 1984 portrait framed with Paul Morgan's award from the American Chemical Society. Both were removed from frame for conservation purposes.] ; 3 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in.
Box Folder
1 11 Japan trip, 1983 June; 73 slides : color ; 35mm. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 4.5 x 6.5 in.
Box Folder
1 12 Gordon Research Conference Polymer Liquid Crystals group portraits, 1984-1986 [Individuals identified.] ; 4 photographic prints : b&w; 8 x 10 in.
Box
3 U.S.-Japan Seminar on Polymer Liquid Crystals group portrait, 1983 June 17 [Kyoto University.] ; 1 photographic print : color ; 5 x 7 in. mounted on wood plaque.
Box Folder
1 13 Family Christmas snapshots, circa 1988 [Unidentified individuals.] ; 8 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in.
Box Folder
1 14 Retirement party snapshots, 1986 October; 95 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in.
Box
3 Retirement gift, Pioneering Research Division photograph album, 1950, 1966, 1981, 1983, 1986 [Includes Pioneering Research Division yearbook pages; Pioneering Research Laboratory group portraits; Pioneering Research Division "55" and "30" Anniversaries party snapshots.] ; 3 loose photographic prints : color ; 4 x 5 in. or smaller. 1 album containing 16 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 2 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in. 46 photographic prints : color ; 3.5 x 5 in.
Box Folder
1 15 Kwolek portrait, 1997; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. and 5 x 7 in. (duplicates).
Box Folder
1 16 Kwolek and(brother) Stanley Kwolek snapshots, circa 2002 [Residential interiors and exteriors.] ; 28 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in.
Box Folder
1 17 Kwolek and unidentified man portrait, 2010 June 17; 1 photographic print : color ; 8 x 10 in.
Box
4 Kwolek pictures, 2002 [2014.202, Stephanie Kwolek photographs contain thirteen of the same images.] ; 20 TIFF files. 25 JPEG files. [DA_2014_248_002].
Drawer
L-40 An Unflushed Stream Turbine System, undated; 3 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 5 in. mounted together.
Drawer
L-40 DuPont Company Experimental Station aerial, undated; 1 photographic print : color ; 11 x 14 in. matted. (Removed from frame).
Box Folder
1 18 Optical properties of PPD-T - H2 SO4, undated; 1 photographic print : color ; 8 x 10 in. matted.
II. Awards and honors photographs
Box Folder
1 19 American Chemical Society award to Paul Morgan, 1976; 1 item : award. (Removed from frame).
Box Folder
1 20 Kwolek receiving honors, 1976, 1978, 1980; 3 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 3.5 x 5 in.
Box Folder
1 21 ACS Creative Invention Award, 1980; 3 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 7.5 x 7.5 in.1 item : letter.
Box Folder
1 22 Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Association Merit Award, 1983; 1 photographic print : color ; 8.5 x 11 in. (2 copies).
Box Folder
1 23 ASTM award presentation, 1989; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 5 x 7 in. 1 item : letter.
Box Folder
1 24 Kilby award presentation, 1994 July 29 [Individuals identified.] ; 5 photographic prints : color ; 5 x 7 in.
Box Folder
1 25 Lavoisier Medal for Technical Achievement award presentation, 1995; 4 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in.
Box
3 Lavoisier Medal for Technical Achievement album, 1995; 1 album containing 12 photographic prints : color ; 3.5 x 4.5 in.
Drawer
L-40 Lavoisier Medal for Technical Achievement group portrait, 1995; 1 photographic print : color ; 8 x 10 in. matted, (removed from frame).
Box
5 Industrial Research Institute Achievement Award presentation album, 1996 October 22; 1 album containing 19 photographic prints : color ; 5 x 7 in. 1 item: award program.
Box
3 The 104th Commencement Clarkson University Class of 1997 album, 1997 May 18; 1 album containing 16 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in. mounted on black paper.
Box Folder
1 26 Perkin Medal award presentation, 1997; 3 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in.
Box Folder
1 27 Plastics Hall of Fame exhibit and award presentation, 1997; 18 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 8 x 10 in. 1 item : letter.
Box Folder
1 28 Kwolek shaking hands with President Bill Clinton, circa 2000; 2 photographic prints : color ; 8 x 10 in.
Box Folder
1 29 Award ceremonies group snapshots, 2001, undated [Kwolek in attendance, not a recipient.] ; 4 photographic prints : color ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.
Box Folder
1 30 Carnegie Mellon University honorary doctorate, 2001; 23 photographic prints : color ; 4 x 6 in. 3 photographic prints : color ; 3.5 x 5 in.
Box Folder
1 31 National Academy of Engineering award presentation, 2001; 4 photographic prints : color ; 5 x 7 in.
Box Folder
1 32 Lemelson-MIT Awards program, 2004 April; 1 item : program
Box Folder
1 33 PNC Bank Delaware group portrait and article, circa 2004 [Commonwealth Award for Distinguished Service.] ; 1 item : color ; 8 x 10 in.
Box Folder
1 34 Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Kwolek receiving Honorary Doctorate, undated; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
III. Presentation slides
Box Folder
1 35 Kevlar presentation, 1976, 1996; 149 slides : b&w and color ; 35mm. 1 item, PowerPoint slides printed on office paper : b&w ; (27 pages).
Box Folder
2 1 "Technical Aspects and End-Use Applications of Kevlar," Lehigh presentation, 1986; 185 slides : b&w and color ; 35mm. 2 items : letter and handwritten list of slides.
Box Folder
2 2 Images and figures used in publication, 1987; 53 slides : b&w and color ; 35mm.
Box Folder
2 3 Images and figures used in publication, 1987; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 8 x 10 in.
Box Folder
2 4 Kevlar and related applications, 1992, 1996, 2000; 195 slides : b&w and color ; 35mm. 1 handwritten list of slides.
IV. Videotapes
Box
4 The 1996 Medals of Technology, 1996 June 10 [Press Briefing at Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, California. With Commerce Secretary Michael Kantor.] ; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. TRT 31:00
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4 ACS Meeting, Creative Invention Awards, 1995 August; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Box
4 AFRTS, Stephanie Kwolek, 1997 March 19; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
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4 American Innovator Awards Dinner, 1995 October 26 [U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.] ; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
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4 Body Armor program, 2007; 5 VOB files. [Access MP4 files are available for researchers, DA_2014_248_003].
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4 DuPont, "Kevlar," 1984; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. TRT 08:20.
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4 DuPont, "The Miracles of Science," 2002 January 9 [200th Anniversary Kickoff Meeting.] ; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. TRT 19:00
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4 DuPont, "Shaping the Future," undated; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. TRT 19:30.
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4 Invention, Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar Fiber , 1990 November 27 [The Discovery Channel.] ; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
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4 Inventors of the World, Thomas Edison, 1999 [Issembert Productions, Inc. Washington, D.C.] ; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. TRT 08:20.
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4 Inventure Place, "Induction Ceremonies," 1995-2001 [National Inventors Hall of Fame. Akron, Ohio.] ; 7 videocassettes (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Box
4 It Didn't Just Happen, undated [Produced by The Plastics Academy for the National Plastics Center and Museum, Leominster, Massachusetts.] ; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. TRT 05:35.
Box
4 Kwolek and Kevlar, 2007 [St. Agnes Academy student group project, documentary film created as a tribute to Stephanie Kwolek. Created by: Sophia Liaw, Stephanie Pons, Alexandra Rose, and Jaclyn Rex.] ; 1 WMV file. [An access copy MP4 file is available to researchers, DA_2014_248_001].
Box
4 Lavoiser Awards Opening, 1996; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. TRT 05:35.
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4 Lemelson-MIT Award, 1999; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
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4 NBC TV News & DuPont Avtek 400, Aileron Video Magazine, Bowman press conference, undated; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. TRT 32:00.
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4 National Science & Technology Medals Foundation, Awards Ceremony White House, 1996 July 26; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
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4 National Science & Technology Medals Foundation, 2000 December; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. (2 copies).
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4 The Originators - Better Things for Living, 1994 ; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. TRT 07:30. (4 copies).
Box
4 PNC Profiles, Ruth Patrick, 2005 [With letter requesting interview with Kwolek.] ; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Box
4 She's Got It! Women Inventors and Their Inspirations, 2000 November 14 [The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Smithsonian National Museum of American History.] ; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. TRT 28:30.
Box
4 Stephanie Kwolek commercial outtakes, 1994 March [Rymrill Hoyt Television.] ; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Box
4 Winding Your Way Through DNA: Stories from the Scientists, undated [Pyramid Film & Video, Santa Monica, California.] ; 1 videocassette (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in. TRT 19:00
V. Audio
Box
4 DuPont Kentucky Derby, undated; 1 sound cassette : analog. TRT 00:60.