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E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Organic Chemicals Department, Dyestuffs Division manuals and notebooks

1924-1977
 Collection
Identifier: 2419

Abstract

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company was a chemical company and began a research program in dyes in 1916. By the late 1920s the DuPont Company was one of the four major U.S. dye producers and controlled twenty-five percent of the market. The records consist of notebooks and procedures on dyes, which describe the colors, uses, applications, tests, and fastness and dying properties for dyes manufactured by DuPont and its competitors.

Dates

  • 1924-1977

Creator

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet

Historical Note

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company was a chemical company and began a research program in dyes in 1916 to take advantage of the wartime disruption of German supplies of dyestuffs. The following year, the Jackson Laboratory was established at Deepwater, New Jersey as a major production facility for dyestuffs. The Dyestuffs Department was formally organized in 1921. By the late 1920s the DuPont Company was one of the four major U.S. dye producers and controlled twenty-five percent of the market.

In 1931, the department was absorbed into the Organic Chemicals Department. DuPont's dyestuffs research peaked in the 1950s, with Jackson Lababoratory chemists developing dyes for DuPont's Orlon and Dacron synthetic fibers, and then declined in the mid-1960s due to increased international competition. The DuPont Company restructured its Organic Chemicals Department in 1978 and it was absorbed into the Chemicals, Dyes, and Pigments Department. DuPont left the dye industry completely in 1980.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content

The Dyestuff Divisions records consist of notebooks and procedures on dyes. These describe the colors, uses, applications, tests, and fastness and dying properties for dyes manufactured by DuPont and its competitors.

Some of the notebooks include textile and paper samples showing dye results and there is one notebook from the Newport Chemical Works, a company which was purchased by the DuPont Company in 1931. These records provide technical information about DuPont's dye processes.

One notebook contains a trade listing of all American made dyes and pigments; government statistics on dyes imported into the United States in 1972; a listing of DuPont fibers technical bulletins for 1977; a trade summary of all synthetic fibers produced in the U.S. in 1974; guidelines on the use of DuPont dye trademarks; an information guide on color and its measurement. Another contains contains spectral curves and Klopman letters for DuPont dyes ranging from A (acetamine) to L (Latyl).

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on use.

Related Material

Pamphlets published by the DuPont Dyestuff Department are housed in Hagley's Published Collections Department.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Additional Description

Provenance

Gift of Harold P. Landerl, 2008.

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Organic Chemicals Department, Dyestuffs Division manuals and notebooks
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
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Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
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