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L.G. Jackson papers

1911-1953
 Collection
Accession: 1964

Abstract

Leroy Greenwood "L.G." Jackson (1889-1981) was a chemist for E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company between 1911 and 1954. Jackson's small set of papers are primarily from his work related to gunpowder. This collection would be of interest to those interested in powder production. There are also two items from Jackson's time in rayon research.

Dates

  • 1911-1953

Extent

0.33 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

Leroy Greenwood "L.G." Jackson (1889-1981) was a chemist for E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company between 1911 and 1954.

Jackson was born in Marlboro, Massachusetts. He graduated from Tufts College (now Tufts University) with a degree in chemistry. In 1911, he was hired at the DuPont Company Brandywine powder mills working as a chemist in the development and manufacture of gunpowder. After 1930, Jackson was involved with rayon research. Throughout his career, he held many research and supervisory positions in DuPont's Textile Fibers Department in Wilmington, Delaware; Buffalo, New York; and Richmond, Virginia. Jackson retired in 1954 after forty-two years with the DuPont Company.

Scope and Contents

Jackson's small set of papers are primarily from his work related to gunpowder. This collection would be of interest to those interested in powder production. There are notes related to the development and manufacture of smokeless cannon powder dating from 1915 to 1918. One larger notebook covers the work, particularly at Carney's Point, but also at Parlin and Haskell. A smaller notebook outlines Rumanian cannon powder, powder from wood pulp, and an experimental .22 caliber rifle powder. There is another small notebook that is devoted to the development of a new powder for the .30 caliber Springfield rifle. A report authored by Jackson examines the causes of the "Wringer Fires" at the Hopewell Plant in 1919.

There are two items from Jackson's time in rayon research. The first is a report written by Jackson about the causes of white streaks, prepared for the DuPont Rayon Company in 1930. The second are the "Semi-Works Operating Instructions" from the Rayon Research Division, written by Jackson in 1953.

Additionally, there is a series of biological notes from a course Jackson took while at Tufts College in 1911. The notes contain drawings, diagrams, and handwritten and typescript notes from laboratory work.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
L.G. Jackson papers
Status:
Author:
Laurie Sather
Date:
2021
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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