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E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Secretary's Department records

1904-1974
 Collection
Accession: 1460

Abstract

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont Company, established in 1802. The Secretary’s Offices was raised to departmental rank on June 1, 1947. The Secretary’s Department was merged into the Legal Department on January 1, 1974. The records of the Secretary's Department are arranged in six series: Transcripts of annual stockholders’ meetings; Leases and agreements; Files on deceased board members; Records division; Stock records; Special committee on 150th anniversary.

Dates

  • 1904-1974

Creator

Extent

8 Linear Feet

Historical Note

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont Company. The company was established in 1802 by Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) and his son Éleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834). The company began with the production of gunpowder. The du Pont family purchased a mill site on the banks of the Brandywine River just north of Wilmington, Delaware. During wartime, the company was a major supplier for the United States government. During peacetime, the company marketed its products toward sportsmen and hunters. Throughout the 1900s and 1910s, the company shifted its focus away from gunpowder production and toward chemistry innovations.

The Secretary’s Office of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company was raised to departmental rank on June 1, 1947. The Secretary’s Department was later merged into the Legal Department on January 1, 1974.

Scope and Contents

The records of the Secretary's Department are a group of fragments arranged in six series.

The first series consists of stenographic transcripts of the annual stockholder's meetings (1948-1967). Copes for years preceding 1948 may be found in the records of the Legal Department (Accession 1729).

The second series consists of a small lot of leases and agreements, mostly with railroads governing shipments and sidings to DuPont plants and for the lease of tank cars for transporting chemicals.

The third series consists of a partial file on deceased board members. Each file contains a draft or final copy of the memorial adopted by the board of directors and usually a biographical sketch.

The fourth series is a set of files from the Records Division covering the construction, expansion, and operation of the Hall of Records from 1913 to 1953, including some information on the development of records retention schedules.

The fifth series consists of stock transfer books of the E.I. du Pont de Nemours Powder Company, showing the numbers of shares held by stockholders and the dates of purchase and sale.

The sixth series consists of microfilm of eight of thirteen files of the Special Committee on the company's 150th anniversary. The files are primarily concerned with the arrangements and logistics of the celebration, which included the erection of a monument and the burial of a time capsule on the site of the original Eleutherian Mills of 1802. There are lists of all DuPont plants and offices with the names of the nearest newspaper and television stations for the purposes of coordinating publicity, invitations, guest lists, site maps, a short chronology, and other historical notes.

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:
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Secretary's Department records
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2022: Peyton Cleary

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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