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E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Inc., Carney's Point Works and workers housing panoramic photographs

1915-1918
 Collection
Identifier: 1969-138

Abstract

The DuPont Company purchased the land for a smokeless powder plant at Carney's Point, New Jersey (across the Delaware River from Wilmington, Delaware) in 1890. In 1892 it produced its first guncotton, and then the first smokeless powder. This collection consists of twenty panoramic photographs of Carney's Point smokeless powder plant, including exteriors of various buildings and groups of workers.

Dates

  • 1915-1918

Creator

Extent

20 item(s)

General Physical Description

20 photographic prints : panoramic photographs ; 10 x 106 in. or smaller.

Historical Note

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company was established in 1802 by Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) and his son Eleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834). The du Pont’s purchased a mill site on the banks of the Brandywine River just North of Wilmington, Delaware. During wartime the company was a major supplier for the United States government. During peacetime, the company marketed their product towards sportsmen and hunters.

The DuPont Company purchased the land for a smokeless powder plant at Carney's Point, New Jersey (across the Delaware River from Wilmington, Delaware) in 1890. In 1892 it produced its first guncotton, and in 1892 the first smokeless powder. The plant grew in response to demand from the Spanish-American War, but really boomed during World War I. The thousands of workers then employed were provided with company housing in a workers village. The plant continued production into the early 1970s, when it was abandoned and dismantled. John A. Dick (1879-1972), the first full-time photographer hired by the DuPont Company, documented the growth of the plant during WWI in these photographs.

Scope and Content

Panoramic views of the Carney's Point, New Jersey smokeless powder plant of E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. Views include workers' village, "girls dormitory," supervisors' housing, sections of the plant, a group portrait of woman workers in overalls, woman workers picnicking at a bathing beach, and the staff of the 1915 construction camp commissary (including many African American workers).

Location

OO1-1; DF Box 1001.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Inc., Carney's Point Works and workers housing panoramic photographs
Status:
Date:
2014
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