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Hagley Yard buildings, DuPont Company offices and laboratory, and powder labels

circa 1890-1928
 Collection
Accession: 1969-011

Abstract

This small collection of John W. Macklem (1867-1948) contains photographs of structures in the Hagley Yards after they closed in 1921, DuPont Company office staff in Equitable Building, Wilmington, Delaware, and gunpowder labels for A.F. & Co. FF gunpowder and DuPont superfine HFg gun powder.

Dates

  • circa 1890-1928

Creator

Extent

32 item(s)

General Physical Description

16 photographic prints: b&w; 8 x 10 in. or smaller 15 paper labels: color; 4.25 x 10 in. or smaller

Biographical Note

John W. Macklem (1867-1948) was a collector of E.I. du Pont de Nemours photographs. He authored one book, Sixty years of DuPont Lodge, No. 29, ancient free and accepted Masons, 1876-1936 (Wilmington, Delaware; The Lodge (?): 1939)

Pierre A. Gentieu (1842-1930) was 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. Gentieu was born in France in 1842. He emigrated to the United States around 1859. As a member of the local militia in New Orleans, Gentieu refused to swear allegiance to the Confederacy and was shipped north at the beginning of the Civil War. He later enlisted in the 13th Connecticut Volunteers. He began working for DuPont in 1877 and remained a loyal employee until his retirement.

Scope and Content

This collection contains fifteen photographs of structures in the Hagley Yards after they closed in 1921. Exterior and interior views include Birkenhead mill, upper corning mill water wheel arrangement, wheel mills with rolling wheels, trestle, and old stone wheel. Photographs annotated by Macklem strongly resemble the photography oeuvre of Pierre A. Gentieu. Photographs also include DuPont Company office staff in Equitable Building, Wilmington, Delaware, 1904, and unidentified office with male and female clerks, probably circa 1890. This collection also contains sixteen gunpowder labels: one for A.F. & Co. FF gunpowder with image of leaping stag, and label for DuPont superfine HFg gun powder with no illustration.

Location

GL Box 1

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Related Material

John W. Macklem collection of DuPont Company powder yards on the Brandywine Creek photographs (Accession 1968.010), Pictorial Collections Department, Hagley Museum and Library

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Additional Description

General note

Some photographs have extensive captions signed by Macklem on reverse.

1969.11.15-16 are later accessions to the collection.

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Hagley Yard buildings, DuPont Company offices and laboratory, and powder labels
Status:
Author:
Chase Markee
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