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Irene Carpenter Draper photographs

circa 1850-1950
 Collection
Identifier: 1992-208

Abstract

Irene (Renee) Carpenter (1911-1991) 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. She was the second child of R.R.M. Carpenter (1877-1949) and Margaretta Lammot du Pont (1884-1973) and a granddaughter of Lammot du Pont (1831-1884). The collection consists of photographs of Irene Carpenter Draper, as a child and as a young adult, and her extended family.

Dates

  • circa 1850-1950

Creator

Extent

3 Linear Feet

General Physical Description

151 photographic prints ; 12 x 10.5 in. or smaller.; 6 photographic prints : cartes de visite ; 4 x 2.5 in.; 15 photographic prints: cabinet photographs ; 6.5 x 4.25 in.; 2 photographic prints : tintypes ; 3.5 x 2.5 or smaller; 1 print : engraving ; 25 x 20 cm.; 1 album (202 photographic prints) ; 19 x 26 cm.; 1 album (102 photographic prints) ; 14.5 x 23.5 cm.; 1 album (125 photographic prints) ; 25 x 34 cm.; 1 album (59 photographic prints) ; 29 x 22.5 cm. and 2 items.

Biographical Note

Irene (Renee) Carpenter (1911-1991) 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. She was the second child of R.R.M. Carpenter (1877-1949) and Margaretta Lammot du Pont (1884-1973) and a granddaughter of Lammot du Pont (1831-1884). She was married three times, first (1930) to William Jefferson Kitchell (1907-?) by whom she had five children, second (1949) to Richard D. Morgan (1905-1973), and third (1955) to James Avery Draper III (1909-?).

Scope and Content

The collection consists of photographs of Irene Carpenter Draper, as a child and as a young adult, and her extended family. A large number of the photographs are of Margaretta du Pont and her siblings, the children of Mary Belin and Lammot du Pont. These include snapshots of them as children at their home on Powelton Avenue in Philadelphia, as young adults in various places, such as at St. Amour in Wilmington, Delaware, and as married adults with children. One of the albums in the collection belonged to Margaretta du Pont, circa 1903, and contains photographs of a trip to the beach; a trip to San Antonio, Mexico, and other places; and other recreational and leisure activities such as horseback riding, golfing, tennis, and picnicking. In addition to the snapshots, there are numerous portraits of them and their children at various ages, particularly the children of Margaretta du Pont Carpenter, Mary du Pont Laird and Isabella du Pont Sharp. There are also a few group portraits of Lammot du Pont, Irénée du Pont, and P.S. du Pont standing under a portrait of their father, Lammot du Pont, at the DuPont Company offices. In this same group of photos is a portrait of them with Crawford Greenewalt and Walter S. Carpenter Jr.

There are also a large number of photographs, predominantly portraits, of R.R.M. Carpenter and his family. Three albums in the collection contain cabinet photographs, cartes de visite photographs, and other portraits of the Carpenter, du Pont and related families. The collection also contains miscellaneous scenic views of rivers, waterfalls, and bridges; a group portrait of the World War I Executive Committee of the DuPont Company; a visiting card for "Mr. & Mrs. R.R. Morgan"; and a fan decorated with cyanotype photographs of Margaretta du Pont and her siblings and friends on one side, and cut-out scraps on the other side.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Related Names

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Irene Carpenter Draper photographs
Status:
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