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E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Real Estate Division files

1953-1958
 Collection
Identifier: 2542

Abstract

The E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company commonly known as the DuPont Company. It was established in 1802 and began by manufacturing gunpowder; later it produced chemical compounds. The Real Estate Division was responsible for investigating locations and the acquisition of major facilities throughout the United States. Henry H. Gunther (1919-1960), was a real estate specialist with the DuPont Company. This small collection consists of Gunther's files on acquiring plant sites.

Dates

  • 1953-1958

Creator

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet

Historical Note

The E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company commonly known as the DuPont Company. It was established in 1802 and began by manufacturing gunpowder; later it produced chemical compounds. The Service Department included the Technical Library; the Salvage and Reclamation Division; Printing Division; the Hall of Records; Studio Section; Mail, Telephone, and Telegraph Division; and the Real Estate Division.

The Real Estate Division was responsible for investigating locations and the acquisition of major facilities throughout the United States. The division managed office and warehouse space, arranged housing for employees, and managed rental property. The division was also in charge of rennovations for residential and commercial buildings and the sale of property.

Biographical Note

Henry H. Gunther (1919-1960), was a real estate specialist with the DuPont Company. Gunther was a native Delawarean. He attended Beacom College and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1937, he began working at the DuPont Company as a messanger in the telegraph office until he was transferred to the Real Estate Division in 1940. After a series of promotions, he became a realtor and was responsible for acquiring plant sites and properties for the company.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a selection of files belonging to Henry H. Gunther, who was responsible for scouting sites for DuPont Company plants and office buildings. The files include photographs, renderings, maps, newspaper clippings, letters, and publications from realtors, railroads, and local development associations interested in making a sale. Some of the projects were not executed.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Real Estate Division files
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2020: Laurie Sather

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400