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Bill Mackey papers

1922-1989
 Collection
Identifier: 2295

Abstract

Bill Mackey (1906-1996) was a chemical engineer and the plant manager of the Technical Division of the Explosives Department of the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. His papers consist of a mix of personal and DuPont Company materials documenting his career as an explosives expert.

Dates

  • 1922-1989

Creator

Extent

4.3 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

Bill Mackey (1906-1996) was a chemical engineer and the plant manager of the Technical Division of the Explosives Department of the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (DuPont Company).

Bill Harry Mackey was born on May 8, 1906, in Denver, Colorado, and received his Ph.D. in industrial chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1929. He joined the DuPont Company as a chemical engineer at the Belle, West Virginia, plant in 1930, and from 1932 to 1941, he worked as a research chemist at the Explosives Department's Burnside Laboratory in Carney's Point, New Jersey.

During World War II, Mackey worked at three defense plants that the DuPont Company built and operated for the government. He was assistant technical superintendent of the Indiana Ordnance Works from 1941 to 1942, then technical superintendent and eventually assistant plant manager of the Alabama Ordnance Works from 1942 to 1943, and plant manager of the Chickasaw Ordnance Works from 1943 to 1944. In 1944, Mackey was transferred to the Hanford Engineer Works in Richland, Washington, as a technical specialist and was later promoted to plant manager.

Mackey moved to Wilmington, Delaware as manager of the Technical Division of the Explosives Department in 1946. He became manager of the Atomic Energy Division upon its organization in 1950 and was promoted to assistant general manager of the Explosives Department in 1958 and general manager in 1961. Mackey retired on December 31, 1969, and died on March 15, 1996.

Scope and Contents

The Bill Mackey (1906-1996) papers consist of a mix of personal and DuPont Company materials documenting his career as an explosives expert. The collection is arranged into four series: Lab notes, Reports and plant data, Personal documents, and Miscellany.

Series I, Lab notes consists of notes of both company and personal projects that Mackey worked on between 1930 and 1975.

Series II, Reports and plant data, consists primarily of technical reports from the Burnside Laboratory, technical publications, and operating reports of the three ordnance works. Most of the reports deal with nitrocellulose chemistry, smokeless powder, ordnance, and ballistics. There are also newsletters from the ordnance works and some documentation from Mackey's work at Hanford and in the Atomic Energy Division.

Series III, consists of personal documents from 1926 to 1970, including material on business travel, bonuses, and letters of congratulation on promotions and retirement.

Series IV, consists of oversize items, including a map of the Richland area by Clyde Bergdahl (1946), a photograph of an "E" award ceremony in 1944, and a plaque given to Mackey upon his retirement.

Access Restrictions

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

Language of Materials

English


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Bill Mackey papers
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