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Emile F. du Pont papers

Accession: 2252


Emile F. du Pont (1898-1974) was director of the Employee Relations Department for DuPont Company beginning in 1945. His papers largely consist of speeches he gave, most of which were given to DuPont employees, on the history of the company. There are also files related to his role in the National Safety Council and production of "The Du Pont Story" film.


  • 1946-1974


1.75 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

Emile Francis du Pont (1898-1974) was director of the Employee Relations Department for DuPont Company beginning in 1945 and great-great-grandson of E.I. du Pont (1771-1834), the company's founder. He was born on May 20, 1898, and was educated at the United States Naval Academy and Yale University. In 1923, he joined the operating department of the DuPont Rayon Company (Buffalo, New York). Two years later, he became assistant plant manager of the Cellophane Division (Richmond, Virginia). From 1934 to 1941, du Pont was director of production for the Nylon Division, including being the first manager of the company's initial nylon plant in Seaford, Delaware. In 1945, he became director of the Employee Relations Department. Emile du Pont also served on the Du Pont Company's Executive and Finance Committees from 1944 until his death on December 5, 1974.

Scope and Contents

Emile F. du Pont's (1898-1974) papers reflect his position as DuPont's Director of Employee Relations. The bulk of the files deal with du Pont's official speeches, most of which were given to managers and employees of the many DuPont plants and to local trade and civic groups. The files contain drafts of the speeches themselves, correspondence regarding the arrangments, and copies of programs and other brochures. The talks deal with the history of the DuPont Company, its current activities and performance, and particularly with industrial relations and safety issues.

Smaller files document du Pont's role in the National Safety Council and as a stockholder and director of the DuPont Company. The latter file includes a copy of Judge Metzman's 1967 decision in the suit brought by a group of General Motors stockholders against General Motors and the Du Pont Company. There is also considerable information on the preparation of "The Du Pont Story," a feature film released in 1951, including a draft of the screenplay.

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  • 2021: Ashley Williams

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