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Edward M. Harrington collection of Aetna Powder Company and DuPont Company material

circa 1889-1920
 Collection
Identifier: 1968-007

Abstract

Edward M. Harrington (1866-1933) was a chemist and expert on blasting cap design. He held several positions at the Aetna Powder Company, eventually becoming superintendent of the dynamite works at Aetna, Indiana. Harrington then went on to work for the DuPont Company at various plants in the Operating Department until his retirement in 1921. Images in this collection are of dynamite and other explosive plants, including Aetna Powder Company plants in Newport, Rhode Island (electric blasting caps) and Aetna, Indiana, and DuPont Company plants in Repauno, New Jersey; Hopwell, Virginia, and many other locations. Photographs show buildings, office and plant interiors, many with workers, employee groups, housing, and recreation.

Dates

  • circa 1889-1920

Creator

Extent

1 Linear Foot

General Physical Description note

5 albums (388 photographic prints, 4 x 5 in. or smaller).; 56 negatives : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.; 2 negatives : film : 4 x 5 in.; and 203 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller.

Biographical Note

Edward M. Harrington (1866-1933) was a chemist and expert on blasting cap design. A graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he began working for the Aetna Powder Company in 1888, first in their electric blasting cap plant in Newport, Rhode Island, and then as superintendent of the dynamite works at Aetna, Indiana. Harrington invented the Aetna paper cartridge making machine. From 1904 to the end of 1920 he worked for the DuPont Company at various plants, including Repauno, New Jersey, and Hopewell, Virigina.

Scope and Content

This small collection consists of images of dynamite and other explosive plants, including Aetna Powder Company plants in Newport, Rhode Island (electric blasting caps) and Aetna, Indiana, and DuPont Company plants in Repauno, New Jersey; Hopewell, Virginia, and many other locations. Photographs show buildings, office and plant interiors, many with workers, employee groups, housing, and recreation. Many of these pictures were probably taken by Edward M. Harrington and relate to his career. Some family pictures and a few views of Boston, Mexico, and Europe. Included is one of the albums from the 1903 photographic survey of DuPont Company properties. There is one portrait of Edward M. Harrington dating around 1920.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Related Material

Album 2 is similar to an album (item 68.1.G54.1.424) in the DuPont Museum collection (Accession 1968.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Additional Description

Separated Material

Edward M. Harrington material (Accession 1078), Manuscript and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library

Publications received as part of the same accession were transferred to Hagley's Published Collections Department.

Processing Note

The collection title was changed from "Harrington-Schiff collection of Aetna Powder Company and DuPont Company material" to "Edward M. Harrington collection of Aetna Powder Company and DuPont Company material."

The current title "Edward M. Harrington collection of Aetna Powder Company and DuPont Company material" is more accurate and meets the professional archival description standards for collection titles outlined in "Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)."

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Edward M. Harrington collection of Aetna Powder Company and DuPont Company material
Status:
Online
Author:
Laura Bees
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