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E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company web archives

2011-2020
 Collection
Accession: WA-2014-005

Abstract

In the twenty-first century, the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, better known as the DuPont Company focused on science with a diverse set of interests and products. It operates in more than ninty countries with corporate headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, and employs more than 60,000 people worldwide, including 10,000 scientists and engineers. This is a collection of websites owned by or affiliated with the DuPont Company, between 2011 and present. Complete web archive is available at https://archive-it.org/collections/2606.

Dates

  • 2011-2020

Creator

Extent

26 website(s)

Historical Note

In the twenty-first century, the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, better known as the DuPont Company focused on science with a diverse set of interests and products. It operates in more than ninty countries with corporate headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, and employs more than 60,000 people worldwide, including 10,000 scientists and engineers. In 2012, it was the world’s third largest chemical company based on market capitalization. The company typically introduces more than 2000 products and patent applications each year, and lists its involvement in fifteen main industries. These include agriculture, automotive, building and construction, chemicals, electronics, energy, food and beverage, government and public sector, health care and medical, marine, mining, packaging and printing, plastics, rail, and safety and protection.

Over the past decade, DuPont has acquired several new commercial interests while divesting itself of others. Among the most significant of these transactions included the 2004 sale of INVISTA, formerly DuPont Textiles & Interiors, to subsidiaries of Koch Industries, Inc. for $4.4 billion. At the time of its sale, INVISTA was the largest integrated fiber and intermediates business in the world and included well-known brands and trademarks such as Lycra, Stainmaster, Antron nylon, and Thermolite. In other deals, DuPont bought Danish biotechnology company, Danisco, in 2011, and in 2012 the company acquired full ownership of soy-based ingredients company, Solae LLC, from Bunge Limited. In 2013, the Carlyle Group bought DuPont Performance Coatings and rebranded it as Axalta Coating Systems.

The company has recently been focusing some of its efforts on sustainable energy and chemicals produced from renewable resources. In 2003, DuPont partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop a “bio-refinery” which uses corn and other renewable resources to produce fuels and chemicals. As a result of these efforts, in 2007 the company opened a $100M facility in Loudon, Tennessee which produces 1,3-propanediol (Bio-PDO) from corn sugar. The biodegradable chemical is used in cosmetics, liquid detergents, and is utilized in the production of specialty polymers such as DuPont Sorona and DuPont Cerenol. The Sorona polymer was a major development focus for the company in the early 2000s, and it is currently marketed as a renewably-sourced and stain-resistant fiber used in carpets, apparel, and automotive mats and carpets.

Other company foci include global food security and the production of protection and safety equipment. The industrial biosciences divisions focus on research and development in enzyme technology, materials science, and bioprocessing. The building and construction divisions produce well-known brands such as Tyvek, SentryGlas, and KEVLAR for residential and commercial job sites. The company is also the world’s largest producer of the white pigment, titanium dioxide.

DuPont Pioneer, the company’s agricultural interest, is the largest U.S. producer of hybrid seeds for agriculture and is a major producer of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Among the genes engineered into seeds are those which resist particular herbicides and various insects. Another significant product from DuPont Pioneer is the Plenish soybean, which has been engineered to contain the highest oleic acid content of any commercial soybean product by blocking the formation of enzymes which would typically result in the transformation of oleic acid into saturated fats.

Scope and Content

This collection was created in 2011 in an attempt to document and provide researchers with a representative snapshot of Internet materials created by DuPont Company and affiliated groups. The websites crawled are not an exhaustive list of web resources available at the time of collection but rather a curated sample, representing different facets of the corporation. Sites will continue to be added to the collection in the future.

The complete web archive is available at https://archive-it.org/collections/2606.

This collection consists of archived websites created by the DuPont Company and several of its divisions, wholly owned subsidiaries, and partners. The primary DuPont Company pages consist of general corporate information and detailed product information, including case studies, product guides, test method reports, materials safety data sheets, application information, and promotional materials. The pages further comprise company fact sheets, annual reports, sustainability and outreach reports, and promotional videos in multiple languages. There is also a new release archive of national and international company news. The Investor Center portion of the company website includes quarterly and annual reports, stock data, earnings releases, webcast presentations for investors, investor news, reconciliations, and other publications.

In addition to the main company pages, the collection contains various DuPont division websites, including those for Industrial Biotechnology, DuPont Danisco, Biofuel Solutions, and DuPont Refinish. These sites provide addition detail into division operations, research, and products not necessarily found on the main corporate website. The pages consist of press releases, event postings, news archives, presentations, publications, product guides, service information, and technical reports.

The websites not generated directly by the DuPont Company are largely from regional and international hybrid seed companies, which include AgVenture, Hoegemeyer Hybrids, NuTech, Pioneer, and Pannar Performance Tested Seed. The products featured include corn, soybeans, alfalfa, maize, wheat, sorghum and other seed products. In addition to general company information, the websites for these companies contain product guides, promotional materials, new articles, blogs, customer testimonials, events calendars, agronomic reports, and production guides. Another subsidiary featured in the collection is MECS Global, a company specializing in the design of sulfuric acid plants and related products, and its site contains general corporate information, news releases, and technical briefs.

The collection also includes websites related to DuPont that were not generated directly by the company or one of its subsidiaries. One website is that of the Global Food Security Index, a project created by The Economist Intelligence Unit of The Economist Group and sponsored by DuPont. The website contains annual findings and methodology reports. Another website features an article written by DuPont CEO, Ellen Kullman, for the Harvard Business Review. Finally, the DuPont Old Hickory Community pages include articles and images concerning the history of the company’s plant in Old Hickory, Tennessee.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Use Restrictions

Hagley Library does not possess copyright to the collection. The user assumes responsibility for obtaining permission from the copyright holder to publish or distribute.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Additional Description

Provenance

The websites were selected by the Hagley Library's Audiovisual and Digital Initiatives Department and crawled between 2011 and present using the Archive-It tool, a subscription-based service of the Internet Archive.

Processing Note

The collection title was changed from "Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation collection of DuPont Company websites" to "E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company web archives."

The current title "E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company web archives" is more accurate and meets the professional archival description standards for collection titles outlined in "Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)."

Former Accession number was: EMHF.2014.005

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company web archives
Status:
Author:
Abby Adams and Angela Schad
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

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