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Maurice du Pont Lee photographs

Creation: circa 1895-1970
 Collection
Accession: 1975-271

Abstract

Maurice du Pont Lee (1885-1974) was the General Advisor to the Chief Engineer of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. The collection includes photographs of Maurice du Pont Lee's family members. The collection also includes a group of public relations photographs of Maurice du Pont Lee, dating from 1950 to 1969.

Dates

  • Creation: circa 1895-1970

Extent

98 item(s)

General Physical Description

91 photographic prints ; 9.5 x 12.5 in. or smaller. 1 photographic print : cabinet card ; 6.5 x 4.25 in. 1 negative : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. 5 items.

Biographical Note

Maurice du Pont Lee (1885-1974) was the General Advisor to the Chief Engineer of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. He was born on January 10, 1885, the son of Cazenove Gardner Lee (1850-1912) and Marguerite Lammot du Pont (1866-1936), a great-granddaughter of E. I. du Pont (1771-1834), the founder of the DuPont Company. After retiring in 1950 as General Advisor, Lee took an active interest in Wilmington civic affairs, especially in the Board of Park Commissioners, of which he was president from 1950 to 1965. He was active in other charitable and civic affairs, on matters as varied as alcoholism, anti-communism, crime reduction and prison reform, help for people with disabilities, foreign mission, hospitals and nursing homes, and slum clearance. Lee was particularly interested in mobilizing the talent of retirees in community service. This activity, coordinated by the organization of Consulting and Advisory Services, which he created in Wilmington, drew national attention after the publication of two articles defining his views, both later condensed for the Reader's Digest. Lee died in Wilmington on January 2, 1974.

Scope and Content

The collection includes photographs of Maurice du Pont Lee's family members, including his mother, Marguerite du Pont Lee, and his brother, Cazenove Gardner Lee, as well as Mrs. Maurice du Pont, Mrs. Alfred I. du Pont and other unidentified family members. In addition, there are several items relating to the Lee family, including a broadside advertising "Britain's Lee family," views of Cobbs Hall Burying Ground in Virginia, and of Coton Hall, near Shrewsbury, England, the ancestral home of the Lee family. There are also a number of photographs concerning Cornell College, circa 1907, including group shots of Sigma Phi fraternity; numerous views of the fraternity house (both exteriors and interiors); an unidentified building on fire; a group portrait of the tennis team; and miscellaneous snapshots.

The collection also includes a group of public relations photographs of Maurice du Pont Lee, dating from 1950 to 1969, including views related to the following institutions or activities: Alcoholics Anonymous; Project "Hope"; Board of Park Commissioners; American Association of Retired Persons; Wilmington Country Club; Mancus Foundation; Anti-Communist Education Project; Mayor's Advisory Committee, Wilmington, Delaware; the opening of Exeter Hall; and the Wilmington Morning News Tennis Tournament, 1956.

There is also a group of miscellaneous photographs, including a group portrait of a DuPont Company Dyestuffs mission to England from 1916 to 1917; an aerial view of the Bellwood plant, Old Hickory Chemical Company, 1948; an artist's conception of Hagley Museum building, 1954; views of the model and artist's conceptions of the Armstrong seadrome, 1928; views of the Paracutin volcano, Mexico, 1943; and views of miscellaneous buildings in Bayonne, New Jersey.

Location

GL Box 2.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English

Additional Description

Separated Materials

Maurice du Pont Lee papers (Accession 1452), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Related Names

Subject

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Maurice du Pont Lee photographs
Date:
2014
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