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E. Paul du Pont collection of Hagley Yard and du Pont family photographs

1882-1906
 Collection
Identifier: 1975-250

Abstract

E. Paul du Pont (1887-1950) established Du Pont Motors, Inc., a manufacturing company of luxury automobiles, in 1919 in Wilmington, Delaware. He worked for a short time at the family business, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company which manufactured gunpowder. He was one of ten children of Francis Gurney du Pont (1850-1904) and Eliza Wigfa Simons du Pont (1849-1919). This small collection contains photographs of DuPont powder yards; family photographs; home exteriors; and postcard views of Longwood Gardens.

Dates

  • 1882-1906

Creator

Extent

0.25 Linear Foot

General Physcial Description

40 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller. 3 photographic prints : cyanotypes ; 4 x 5 in. 1 negative : glass, b&w ; 4 x 5 in. and 5 items (postcards) : color.

Biographical Note

E. Paul du Pont (1887-1950) established Du Pont Motors, Inc., a manufacturing company of luxury automobiles, in 1919 in Wilmington, Delaware. He was the son of Francis Gurney du Pont (1850-1904) and Eliza Wigfa Simons du Pont (1849-1919). He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1909 and worked for the family business, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company for a short period of time. E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont company. The company began with the production of gunpowder. E. Paul du Pont Then became chief engineer of Ball Grain Explosives Co. which manufactured fuses, before founding his automobile company.

Francis Gurney du Pont (1850-1904), son of Alexis Irénée du Pont (1816-1857) and Joanna Maria Smith du Pont (1815-1876) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1870. In 1871 he began his career with the DuPont Company as an operator of graining mills. In 1874 he became a junior partner of the firm and later served in the highly important capacity of general manager, and as vice president, until his retirement in 1902. In 1888 he supervised the building of the blasting powder mills at Mooar, Iowa. At Carney's Point, New Jersey, he superintended the plant which produced smokeless powder for the manufacture of smokeless shotgun powder (Patent No. 503, 583).

Francis Gurney du Pont and Eliza Wigfa Simons du Pont married in 1871. The couple had ten children. E. Paul du Pont was the second to youngest child.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of twenty-one photographs of the Hagley powder yards, fourteen of which are attributed to Pierre Gentieu (1842-1930), an artist, photographer, and an employee of the DuPont Company for thirty-four years.

There is also one photograph of smokeless powder manufacturing equipment at Carney's Point, New Jersey.

In addition, the collection contains seventeen photographs of various du Pont family members and houses, including E. Paul du Pont's brother Alexis Felix du Pont (1879-1948), their father and other sibilings, and the Jacob Broom House which was the residence of Francis G. du Pont, also known as the Hagley House.

Finally, there are five color postcards of Longwood Gardens and six photographs of an unidentified mining operation.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
E. Paul du Pont collection of Hagley Yard and du Pont family photographs
Status:
Online
Author:
Laurie Rizzo
Date:
2013
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400