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Charles Brelsford McCoy papers

1967-1974
 Collection
Accession: 1815

Abstract

Charles Brelsford McCoy (1909-1995) served as the president of the DuPont Company from 1967 to 1973 and as chairman of its board of directors from 1971 to 1973. The collection documents McCoy's tenure in these positions, and they reflect the public role that McCoy played while chief executive officer at DuPont. The files document his involvement in the Business Roundtable, interchanges between DuPont and the federal government, and the role that the DuPont Company played in easing tensions and facilitating the integration of Wilmington, Delaware, in the aftermath of the 1968 riots.

Dates

  • 1967-1974

Creator

Extent

47 Linear Feet

Biographical Note

Charles Brelsford McCoy (1909-1995) served as the president of the DuPont Company from 1967 to 1973 and as chairman of its board of directors from 1971 to 1973. He received an M.S. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1932. Charles McCoy's father, John W. McCoy (1882-1961), had been head of the DuPont Company's Explosives Department during the 1930s and 1940s and served on the company's executive committee.

McCoy followed in his father's footsteps. After graduation he went to work for the DuPont Company. During the 1930s he held a number of jobs including a four-year stint in the Foreign Relations Department's London office. In 1940, he joined the Explosives Department and became director of sales three years later. McCoy served as assistant general manager of the Electrochemical​s Department from 1950 to 1958 and general manager of the Elastomer Chemicals and Explosives Department before being elected to the Executive Committee in 1961. In 1967, McCoy was named company president and in 1971 chairman of the board of directors. He held these positions until he retired in 1973.

The McCoy years at DuPont were characterized by cautious stewardship. He allowed existing ventures to go forward, but carefully scrutinized all new ones. After leaving DuPont, Charles McCoy became president and then vice president of the Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Contents

The Charles B. McCoy papers document McCoy's tenure as president (1967-1973) and chairman of the board (1971-1974) of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. The papers reflect the public role that McCoy played when he was chief executive officer at DuPont. During these years, he was active within the Business Roundtable, and the collection includes policy committee minutes, as well as correspondence. Of particular interest are records of the Labor Law Study Committee. There is also substantial correspondence reflecting McCoy's involvement with the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, the Conference Board, and the Manufacturing Chemists' Association.

Community affairs files describe the role that the DuPont Company played in easing tensions and facilitating the integration of Wilmington, Delaware, in the aftermath of the 1968 riots. The collection contains McCoy's correspondence with the Urban League, which documents the efforts that the DuPont Company made during the late 1960s and early 1970s to integrate its workforce and upgrade the positions of minority workers.

McCoy's role as a public spokesman for DuPont involved him in many of the larger public issues of the Richard Nixon (1913-1994) presidential years. The files document interchanges between DuPont and the federal government, particularly the Commerce Department and the White House, and with or about various public interest groups. Topics covered include the growing problem of inflation, wage and price controls, détente with the Soviet Union, rising Japanese competition and Far Eastern trade, increasing opposition to the Vietnam War, the emerging environmental movement, and the Ralph Nader (1934-) study of DuPont's role in the State of Delaware.

Access Restrictions

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

Use restrictions

Literary rights retained by heirs of donor.

Related Materials

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company records (Accession 0500, Series II), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Charles Brelsford McCoy papers
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2022: Encoded by Angela Schad

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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