Frank P. Gentieu papersCreation: 1944-1948
Francis “Frank” Pierre Gentieu (1876-1950) was a ballistic engineer at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont company. Gentieu worked at DuPont's Carney's Point Plant in New Jersey from 1901 to 1941. This small collection contains an account by Gentieu entitled "The First Fifty Years at Carney's Point" (1891-1941); correspondence with du Pont family members; a list of his father Pierre Gentieu's photographs of the DuPont Company and Brandywine area; and a recollection written by Samuel Brown of a conversation with Sophie M. du Pont (1810-1888) related to the Brandywine Manufacturers Sunday School.
- Creation: 1944-1948
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Francis “Frank” Pierre Gentieu (1876-1950) was a ballistic Engineer at the DuPont Company's Carney's Point Plant from 1901 to 1941. Gentieu worked at the plant with two of his brothers, Frederick Auguste Gentieu (1872-1951), who was plant manager, and Joseph Henri Gentieu (1885-1963), who was a foreman. Their father, Pierre A. Gentieu (1842-1930), was a photographer and a long-term employee of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont company. The DuPont Company purchased the land for a smokeless powder plant at Carney's Point, New Jersey (across the Delaware River from Wilmington, Delaware) in 1890. In 1892, it produced its first guncotton and first smokeless powder.
Scope and Contents
This small collection contains an account by Gentieu entitled "The First Fifty Years at Carney's Point" (1891-1941). The history was written as a series of articles from the Carney's Pointer newsletter covering the first fifty years of the plant's operations. Gentieu wrote the twenty-five chapters betwen 1951 and 1952.
There are two personal letters from Alexis Felix du Pont to Gentieu and a letter from William Winder Laird to Gentieu regarding a history Gentieu wrote about Mt. Salem Church in Wilmington, Delaware.
There is a list of Pierre Gentieu's photographic collection, which photographs make up the Pierre A. Gentieu Brandywine River Valley photographs (Accession 1970.001). The original glass negatives are the property of the Delaware Historical Society.
Also included is Samuel Brown's "Recollections of a Conversation I Had with the Late Mrs. Admiral du Pont about 1885 to '87," relating to the Brandywine Manufacturers Sunday School. Sophie M. Du Pont (1810-1888) and her sister Eleuthera du Pont Smith (1806-1876) were teachers at the school; their sister Victorine du Pont Bauduy (1792-1861) was superintendent. The Brandywine Manufacturers Sunday School was organized in 1817 as a non-sectarian school for the children of the local factory workers, with instruction in reading, writing, arithmetic, and religion. Éleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834), founder of the DuPont Company, was one of its chief subscribers; the school building was located on his property.
This collection is open for research.
Language of Materials
- E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Carney's Point Works (Organization)
- Brandywine Manufacturers Sunday School (Organization)
- Du Pont family (Family)
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