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William G. Ramsay photographs

Creation: 1891-1916
Accession: 1992-233


At the time of his death, William G. Ramsay (1866-1916) was chief engineer, a director and vice president of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. This is a small collection of mostly unidentified snapshots possibly taken in the Pacific Northwest showing boats and logging subjects.


  • Creation: 1891-1916



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Biographical Note

William Gouverneur Ramsay (1866-1916) trained as a civil engineer at the University of Virginia. In 1892, Ramsay joined the Chicago sales office of the Repauno Chemical Company and Eastern Dynamite Company and transferred later to the New York where he eventually headed the sales office until June 1898. He left to organize Company "A," 1st U.S. Volunteer Engineers in response to the Spanish-American War. He served in the war as captain of the company and was promoted to major. After his return from military service in 1899, Ramsay became president of the newly-established Great Northern Manufacturing and Supply Company in Terre Haute, Indiana. The company primarily sold powder it purchased from E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company and other powder manufacturers. When Great Northern went out of business in 1902, Ramsay joined the newly-formed engineering division of the Eastern Dynamite Company as chief engineer. When Eastern Dynamite assigned its assets to Du Pont in 1903, Ramsay became Du Pont's chief engineer and directed the construction of many of the largest explosives factories in the United States. Ramsay became a director and vice president of Du Pont Company in 1916 and retained his position as chief engineer until his death that year.

Scope and Content

This is a small collection of mostly unidentified snapshots possibly taken in the Pacific Northwest showing boats and logging subjects. There are twenty photographs of the Delaware National Guard from 1913 of which Ramsay was a member; a larger mounted photograph shows Ramsay with some other military men. Lastly, there is one small image of a shooting party that includes Alfred I. du Pont (1910).


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Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Related Material

William G. Ramsay photographs (Accession 1992.239), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Dept., Hagley Museum and Library.

William G. Ramsay biographical file (Accession 2049), Manuscripts and Archives Dept., Hagley Museum and Library.

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Additonal Extent Statement

1 photographic print : b&w ; 12 x 14 in. 23 photographic prints : b&w ; 3 x 5.5 in. 27 photographic prints : b&w ; 3.5 x 3.5 in. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 2.5 x 4 in. 27 negatives : b&w ; 3.5 x 3.5 in. 5 negatives : b&w ; 3.5 x 5.5 in.

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

William G. Ramsay photographs
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Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA