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Hagley area and Charles Copeland estate photographs

1895-1944
 Collection
Identifier: 1987-243

Abstract

Charles Copeland (1867-1944) was Secretary of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company from 1921 to 1935. He also served on the Board of Directors from 1921 to 1942. This small collection primarily consists of scenic views of the Hagley property. The collection has been organized into three series: Brandywine and Hagley areas of Copeland estate; Rolling wheels, and Pierre Gentieu prints.

Dates

  • 1895-1944

Creator

Extent

0.5 Linear Foot

General Physical Description

62 gelatin silver prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 6 photographic prints : b&w ; 6 x 8 in. 3 items : typescript letters. 23 photographic prints : b&w ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller. 2 albumen silver prints : b&w ; 4.25 x 7.75 in. mounted on board. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8.5 x 10.5 in.

Biographical Note

Charles Copeland (1867-1944) was Secretary of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company from 1921 to 1935. He also served on the Board of Directors from 1921 to 1942. He was closely associated with the Historical Society of Delaware and the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts (now the Delaware Art Museum.) He was the founder of the DuPont Museum, which eventually formed the core of the present Hagley Museum and Library. He also served as Treasurer of the Society of Colonial Wars from 1925 to 1942.

Copeland was born to Charles Frerick (1835-1918) and Sophie Ellen Walker Copeland (1839-????) in Englewood, New Jersey. He attended Roxbury Latin School and Harvard College. Copeland married Louisa d'Andelot du Pont (1868-1926) in 1904. She was the daughter of Lammot du Pont (1831-1884) and Mary Belin du Pont (1839-1913). The Copeland's moved into the estate adjoining the du Pont family company's Hagley Mills property shortly after being married. The couple had one son, Lammot du Pont Copeland (1905-1983).

Lammot du Pont Copeland graduated from Harvard University in 1928 with a degree in industrial chemistry and joined the DuPont Company as a chemist at its Fairfield, Connecticut plant in 1929. He served in plant management, general sales, market analysis, development and other areas before becoming secretary in 1947, vice president and chairman of the finance committee in 1954, and president from 1961-1971. He was a director of the General Motors Corporation from 1944 through 1959.

Scope and Content

This small collection primarily consists of scenic views of the Hagley property. The collection has been organized into three series: Brandywine and Hagley areas of Copeland estate; Rolling wheels, and Pierre Gentieu prints. The Brandywine and Hagley areas of Copeland estate series contains mainly landscape images of the property, though there are a few views that includes structures such as the mills, and a few that show the Copeland house and garden. The Rolling wheels series shows images of rolling wheels in the mills and their removed from the mills. The metal of the rolling wheels was used as scraps for the war effort during World War II. The Pierre Gentieu prints are photographs taken by Pierre A. Gentieu (1842-1930), a long-term employee of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company who created an invaluable photographic record of the company's Brandywine Mills at the turn of the century. These images include various Hagley property views that show the dam, mills, residential homes, shops, workers and wagons.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Hagley area and Charles Copeland estate photographs
Status:
Online
Author:
Laurie Rizzo
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:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400