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Jackson Laboratory Library collection

Creation: 1931-1997 Creation: bulk 1944-1963
Accession: 2678


A collection of bulletins and reports from the library of DuPont's Jackson Laboratory. Most were generated by the Organic Chemicals Department, which operated Jackson Laboratory, but others come from other DuPont Departments and their laboratories.


  • Creation: 1931-1997
  • Creation: bulk 1944-1963



2.5 Linear Feet

Historical Note

Jackson Laboratory was created in 1917 to serve the needs of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company in its move to enter the manufacture of dyes and related intermediates. It was located within the Dye Works at Deepwater Point, N.J., later renamed the Chambers Works after its first superintendent in 1945 It was originally a unit of he Miscellaneous Manufacturing Department (1917-1921), then the Dyestuffs Department (1921-1932) and then the Organic Chemicals Department (1932-1978). The laboratory's staff helped develop a number of the company's leading products, including Neoprene, Teflon, Nomex, Kevlar, Permasep and Stainmaster, and played an important role in the Manhattan Project. DuPont's only Nobel laureate, Dr. Charles Pedersen, worked at Jackson Laboratory for 35 years before being transferred to the Experimental Station near Wilmington.

Scope and Content

Organic Chemicals Department New Product Reports contain reports on the new products of other companies (1955-1992). Reports are arranged under the NPR number assigned to each company or division. There is an index to company names and numbers at the front of the series. Orchem's own New Product Bulletins (1944-1966) are confidential reports circulated to company personnel to alert them to the results of new experiments. The bulletins typically contain the chemical formula and often the molecular structure of newly-synthesized polymers, along with lists of their physicial properties and potential uses. There is also a large single volume of R&D reports relating to fluorine chemistry (1961-1963).

The Jackson Laboratory Library also collected similar bulletins and reports from the Fabrics & Finishes Department, the Explosives Department, the Electrochemicals Department, the Elastomer Chemicals Department, the Grasselli Chemicals Department, and scattered bulletins from the Experimental Station. There are also a file of Eastern Laboratory product formulae, a code of Beyer-Semesan disinfectant formulae, and a 50th anniversary booklet and membership directory (1997) of the DuPont Women's Service Club.

Access Restrictions

Du Pont "Veteranettes" directory is closed until 2072. All other records are open for research.

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Jackson Laboratory Library collection
Rainer Naus & Christopher T. Baer
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Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA