Lammot du Pont Copeland papersCreation: 1962-1971
Lammot du Pont Copeland (1905-1983) held various roles at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, culminating in his tenure as the company's president from 1961 to 1971 and chairman of the board from 1967 to 1971. The collection documents Copeland's years as President and Chairman of the Board. There is also limited material from his earlier roles as Secretary and Vice President. The papers reflect the company's strategy of international expansion during the 1960s, apparent in Copeland's voluminous correspondence with the International Department.
- Creation: 1962-1971
- Copeland, Lammot du Pont, 1905-1983 (Person)
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Lammot du Pont Copeland (1905-1983) held a variety of roles at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, culminating in his tenure as the company's president from 1962 to 1967 and chairman of the board from 1967 to 1971. During his tenure, Copeland continued the dual strategy set forth by his predecessor Crawford Greenewalt (1902-1993, president 1948-1962) of international expansion and investment in research and development of new products.
Copeland was born in Christiana Hundred, Delaware, the only child of Charles Copeland (1867-1944) and Louisa d'Andelot du Pont Copeland (1868-1926). His great-great-grandfather E.I. du Pont (1771-1834) founded the DuPont Company. His mother was the sister of Pierre S. (1870-1954), Irénée (1876-1963), and Lammot du Pont (1880-1952), who were presidents of the DuPont Company from 1919 to 1940. His father was assistant treasurer of the DuPont Company from 1903 to 1921 and secretary from 1921 to 1935.
Lammot du Pont Copeland graduated from Harvard University in 1928 with a degree in industrial chemistry and joined the DuPont Company as a chemist at its Fairfield, Connecticut, plant in 1929. He served in plant management, general sales, market analysis, development, and other areas before becoming secretary in 1947, vice president and chairman of the finance committee in 1954, president from 1962 to 1967, and chairman of the board from 1967 to 1971. He was a director of the General Motors Corporation from 1944 through 1959.
Each series is arranged alphabetically by subject.
Scope and Contents
The collection documents Copeland's years as President (1962-1967) and DuPont's Chairman of the Board (1967-1971). There is also limited material from his earlier roles as Secretary and Vice President. The papers reflect the company's strategy of international expansion during the 1960s, apparent in Copeland's voluminous correspondence with the International Department. The papers also demonstrate concern for disappointing corporate earnings during the 1960s as the company struggled with a more competitive marketplace and ballooning research costs. There are also letters sent to Copeland's office from individual employees and customers, as well as the replies sent by Copeland or other company representatives. Such letters often contain sentiments of appreciation, complaints about faulty products, or unsolicited ideas for new products.
The papers are split into the following four series: Chairman of the Board correspondence, Presidential correspondence, personal company files, and Secretary and Vice Presidential correspondence and speeches.
The Chairman of the Board correspondence series includes congratulatory messages for Copeland becoming chairman and other routine correspondence. The folder of U.S. Government correspondence includes letters from President Richard Nixon (1913-1994), among other items from government officials. Also included are materials from the 1971 Annual Stockholders' Meeting.
The series of Presidential correspondence makes up the bulk of the collection. There is much correspondence concerning the company's various departments, including from individual employees and customers, as well as the replies sent by Copeland or other company representatives. International expansion is a common theme within the series, particularly in the correspondence with the International Department and corporate planning materials. Copeland corresponded with a number of government members, including Senator Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) and Vice President Humbert Humphrey (1911-1978).
The small series of personal company files includes analyses of how DuPont stockholders retained or sold bonus stocks, correspondence concerning Copeland's bonuses as a DuPont executive, and salary studies of clerical and production personnel.
The series of Secretary and Vice Presidential correspondence and speeches primarily includes materials on the civil antitrust proceedings of United States of America vs. DuPont, General Motors, et al. The series also includes the text of several speeches made by Copeland.
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