William Porter Allen papers1928-1930
William P. Allen (1881-1941) worked at the DuPont Company as vice president and director as well as general manager of the Cellulose Products and Paint, Lacquer & Chemicals Department. The papers document his work from 1928 to 1930, including meeting minutes, merger papers, and employee relations.
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William P. Allen (1881-1941) worked at the DuPont Company as vice president and director as well as general manager of the Cellulose Products and Paint, Lacquer & Chemicals Department.
Allen was born in Philadelphia on August 21, 1881. He attended Rutgers University, graduating with a B.S. degree in chemistry. His first job was with the New Jersey Agricultural Experimental Station. In 1906, he joined E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company as a research chemist, going to work at the company's Eastern Laboratory. Three years later he joined the High Explosives Operating Department, and in 1914 he became superintendent of the Hopewell, Virginia dynamite plant. When this war plant closed in 1918, Allen came to Wilmington as head of the Service Department. He was named to a number of positions in the 1920s including general manager of the Cellulose Products Department and Paint, Lacquer & Chemicals Department. In 1928, he was elected director and vice president, becoming a member of the Executive Commttee. In 1931, he left the DuPont Company to become president of the Childs restaurant chain. He died on May 17, 1941.
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The papers document William P. Allen's (1881-1941) work at the DuPont Company during the years he was vice president and director, as well as general manager of the Cellulose Products and Paint, Lacquer & Chemicals Department. The files include general manager's meeting minutes as well as merger papers which document the DuPont Company's acquisition of Krebs Pigment & Chemical Company and the Grasselli Chemical Company. There are also two files on employee relations which include documentation on pension, bonus, and welfare plans.
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