Historical miscellany from the DuPont BuildingCreation: 1921-1980
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont Company. The DuPont Building occupied an entire block bound by 10th, 11th, Orange and Market Streets and was one of the first high-rises in Wilmington, Delaware. Until early 2015 the building housed DuPont's headquarters. This small collection of files on DuPont Company history and biographies were removed from the company's downtown headquarters building prior to its move to the suburbs.
- Creation: 1921-1980
- E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (Organization)
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General Physical Description
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont Company. The company was established in 1802 by Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) and his son Éleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834); the company began with the production of gunpowder. The du Pont’s purchased a mill site on the banks of the Brandywine River just North of Wilmington, Delaware. Throughout the 1900s and 1910s, the company shifted its focus away from gunpowder production and towards chemistry innovations.
The DuPont Building occupied an entire block bound by 10th, 11th, Orange and Market Streets and was one of the first high-rises in Wilmington, Delaware. The building was built in phases, with the original building constructed in 1908 fronting Rodney Square with the final addition being completed in 1923. In the windows of the DuPont Building the DuPont Company created displays highlighting their products and chemistry research and contributions.
Until early 2015 the building housed DuPont's headquarters.
Scope and Content
Reports cover such subjects as chemical processes, the DuPont Company's role in World War I, postwar British reports on the non-ferrous metals industry in Germany during World War II and seized German patents, and the testimony of Crawford H. Greenewalt before the House Special Subcommittee on Monopoly Power in 1949.
There are biographical data files on DuPont CEO's from the mid-twentieth century, high-ranking members of the du Pont family, and research chemist Wallace H. Carothers.
Historical files cover a synopsis of plants and products,the Chambers Works, Dye Works, the Electrochemicals Department, the Roessler & Hasslacher Chemical Company, and Freon refrigerant.
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Language of Materials
Formally published items have been transferred to Hagley's Published Collections Department and may be retrieved using the online public catalog.
- Du Pont family (Family)
Finding Aid & Administrative Information
- Historical miscellany from the DuPont Building
- Christopher T. Baer and Rainer Naus
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