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Frank P. Gentieu papers

1944-1948
 Collection
Identifier: 0717

Abstract

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.

Dates

  • 1944-1948

Creator

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

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.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Related Materials

Pierre Gentieu family archives (Accession 2019-206), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Pierre A. Gentieu Brandywine River Valley photographs (Accession 1970.001), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Pierre and Frederic A. Gentieu photographs (Accession 1989.280), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Pierre Gentieu Hagley area photographs and DuPont Company ephemera (Accession 1995.261), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Pierre Gentieu papers (Accession 503), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Pierre Gentieu family material (Accession 1101), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Frank P. Gentieu papers
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