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Victorine du Pont Bauduy autograph album

1821-1844
 Collection
Identifier: 0532

Abstract

Victorine du Pont (1792-1861), the eldest child of Eleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834), founder of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, and Sophie Dalmas du Pont (1775-1828). The album contains poetry and verses written by Victorine and her friends and family, sketches, and watercolors.

Dates

  • 1821-1844

Creator

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

Victorine du Pont, the eldest child of Eleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834) and Sophie Dalmas du Pont (1775-1828), was born in Paris and came to the United States in 1800. He father was the founder of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. She was educated at a school for French-speaking children in New York and, after the family moved to Delaware, at a Wilmington boarding school and Mrs. Rivardi's Academy for Young Ladies in Philadelphia. As the eldest child and with an ailing mother, she was responsible for overseeing her younger siblings.

She married Ferdinand Bauduy (1791-1814) in 1813, but he died six weeks later, and she never remarried. After a period of grieving, she became involved in the Brandywine Manufacturers' Sunday School, sponsored by her father to teach workers' children, and was a teacher and superintendent until her death. Victorine also taught her siblings, nieces and nephews at home.

Scope and Contents

The album contains poetry and verses written by Victorine du Pont Bauduy (1792-1861) and her friends and family. Many of the writings refer to children, death, the seasons, and friendship. The volume also contains some sketches and watercolors of flowers and bird in both black and white and color. It has a mottled cover and red leather spine.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Victorine du Pont Bauduy autograph album
Status:
Author:
John Beverly Riggs
Date:
1970
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400