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Hiebler family papers

Creation: 1911-1982 Creation: Majority of material found within 1927-1935
Accession: 2593


The Hiebler family papers include documents pertaining to four generations. The bulk of the collection consists of letters written by Alfred I. du Pont to his grandsons Bayard Hiebler and Benno Hiebler, dated 1927 to 1935.


  • Creation: 1911-1982
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1927-1935



0.41 Linear Foot

Historical Note

Madeleine du Pont (Bancroft) (Hiebler) Ruoff (1887-1965), was the eldest child of Alfred I. du Pont (1864-1935) and his first wife Bessie Gardner du Pont (1864-1907). She married Max Hiebler (1887-1957), her second husband, in Germany in 1913. The Hieblers had three sons: Bayard (1911-1945), Benno (1914-1980), and Alfred (1915-1991). The Hieblers divorced and Madeleine married Herman Ruoff in 1931. The family resided in Germany until August 1946.

During the years encompassed by the papers in the collection du Pont was a multimillionaire industrialist and was married to his third wife, Jessie Ball du Pont (1884-1970). The couple primarily resided at their estates “Epping Forest” near Jacksonville, Florida and “Nemours” near Wilmington, Delaware.

Scope and Content

The papers consist of letters written by Alfred I. du Pont to his grandsons, Bayard and Benno Hiebler, from 1927 until their grandfather’s death in 1935. Most of the letters were written to Benno and contain a wealth of information about du Pont’s interests. Du Pont vividly described his automobiles, yachting and boating, family news, his dogs, travel, and his estates. He gave advice about women and opinions on politics and world affairs. Letters written by Jessie Ball du Pont to Benno Hiebler and his family from 1951 through 1962 contain family news and acknowledgement of Christmas gifts.

Papers pertaining to the settlement of Alfred I. du Pont’s estate were collected by Madeleine Ruoff and include trust agreements and transcripts of du Pont’s will. The collection also includes a certified copy of Madeleines Ruoff’s birth certificate, A. I. du Pont and Bessie Gardner's marriage record certificate for Philadelphia's St. James Church register of marriages, and published materials pertaining to du Pont and Hiebler family history. Lastly, a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings from the 1920s and 1930s documents A. I. du Pont's life accomplishments, philanthropy, business and financial interests, and death.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Additional Description


Gift of Vera Hiebler, 2014.

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Hiebler family papers
Lynn Catanese
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Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA