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Brandywine scenes glass plate negatives

circa 1890-1900
 Collection
Identifier: 1977-446

Abstract

Henry Belin du Pont (1873-1902) was a descendant of Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) who founded the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company with his son Eleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834) in 1802. The E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont Company. The collection consists of views of and along the Brandywine Creek. These include the following du Pont family homes: Pelleport, Goodstay, Nemours, St. Amour, and Louviers. These photographs were possibly taken by Henry Belin du Pont (1873-1902).

Dates

  • circa 1890-1900

Creator

Extent

14 item(s)

General Physical Description

14 negatives : glass ; 6.5 x 8.5 in. or smaller. Several of the negatives are broken.

Historical Note

Henry Belin du Pont (1873-1902) was a descendant of Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) who founded the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company with his son Eleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834) in 1802. The E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont Company. Henry Belin du Pont was the son of Mary Belin (1839–1913) and Lammot du Pont (1831-1884). He spent his time after graduating from school on the banks of the Brandywine, and while there took some of the loveliest pictures that exist of the Brandywine valley in the nineteenth century. He lived in Louviers, across the creek from the powder yards, and often walked about them taking pictures, sometimes accompanied by his wife, Eleuthera Bradford du Pont (1873-1953). Usually the powder yards served as a background for a portrait of his wife or his friends, but the quality of the pictures and the care of their composition bespeaks more than a casual involvement in their taking. Henry developed tuberculosis at an early age, however, and had to leave Delaware for his health, dying in Arizona in 1902. Henry and Eleuthera had two sons: Henry Belin du Pont, Jr. (1898-1970) and Edward Bradford du Pont (1899-1900).

Scope and Content

The collection consists of views of and along the Brandywine Creek. These include the following du Pont family homes: Pelleport, Goodstay, Nemours, St. Amour, and Louviers. There are also views of a press house, the DuPont Company First Office, and the Eleutherian Mills residence when it functioned as a club house for company workers. One other view is of an 8" B.L. rifle at Springfield, Pennsylvania.

All the negatives have original identifications and some have specific dates. These photographs were possibly taken by Henry Belin du Pont (1873-1902).

Location

K2-1.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research. Glass plate negatives DO NOT CIRCULATE.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Brandywine scenes glass plate negatives
Status:
Online
Date:
2015
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:
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Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
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