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Bessie G. du Pont's "Notes for History" (photocopies and microfilm)

1808-1917
 Collection
Accession: 0772

Abstract

Bessie Gardner du Pont (1864-1949) wrote several publications on the du Pont family and E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co's history. This collection contains photocopies and microfilm of "Notes for History," notes she compiled for her study E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., a history, 1802-1902 (Boston, 1920).

Dates

  • 1808-1917

Extent

1 Linear Foot

Biographical Note

Bessie Gardner du Pont (1864-1949) wrote several publications on the du Pont family and E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co's history. She was the daughter of Dorsey Gardner (1842-1894), a scholarly editor, author, and etymologist, and Margaretta Potts Gardner. She spent most of her youth in New Haven, Connecticut, where her father was a Yale faculty member. In 1887, she married her cousin, Alfred Irenee du Pont (1864-1935), and they had four children. The couple divorced in 1906.

Du Pont became interested in the du Pont family history and by 1900 was copying and translating early family and company documents. At the suggestion of her cousin-by-marriage, Pierre S. du Pont (1870-1954), she wrote a history of the company, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, a history, 1802-1902, published in 1920. Her second publication, National Education in the United States of America (1923), is a translation of the 1812 edition of Pierre S. du Pont de Nemours's writing. Her major publication, Life of Eleuthere Irene du Pont from Contemporary Correspondence (1923-1927, eleven volumes and index), is a collection of selected letters and papers. Her other publications are Lives of Victor and Josephine du Pont (1923) and Du Pont de Nemours, 1789-1817 (1933, two volumes).

Scope and Contents

Photocopies and microfilm of "Notes for History" by Bessie G. du Pont (1864-1949), notes she compiled for her study E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., a history, 1802-1902 (Boston, 1920). Originals found in LMSS Group 7.

The materials are either copies made by her from various company records or transcribed from interviews with company officials. Her notebooks contain much on the construction of company buildings, charges for raw materials, powder, freight, activities, and information concerning agents, effects of explosions, expansion of the company, patents and powder formulae, and reminiscences by officials on various aspects of company history, policy, and administration.

Location of Originals

Originals found in Bessie Gardner du Pont collections (LMSS: 7), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Access Restrictions

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

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Bessie G. du Pont's "Notes for History" (photocopies and microfilm)
Status:
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