E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. International Department recordsCreation: 1958-1975
The Foreign Relations Department of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company was first organized on August 1, 1930, for the purpose of improving the exchange of scientific and technical information with DuPont's British counterpart, Imperial Chemical Industries, Ltd. These materials consist of records of the International Finance Division within DuPont International, and more particularly the Division's Vital Records Program and Nylon de Mexico reorganization.
- Creation: 1958-1975
- E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (Organization)
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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’s 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 their product towards sportsmen and hunters. Throughout the 1900s and 1910s, the company shifted its focus away from gunpowder production and towards chemistry innovations. By 1926 the company officially dissolved the powder production unit, although it had already been inactive for many years.
The Foreign Relations Department of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company was first organized on August 1, 1930, for the purpose of improving the exchange of scientific and technical information with DuPont's British counterpart, Imperial Chemical Industries, Ltd. Under the terms of an agreement, DuPont researchers became able to exchange information with their counterparts at ICI that had previously been regarded as strictly confidential and proprietary in nature. On January 8, 1958, the department was reorganized as the International Dept. in order to take advantage of new opportunities to export technology afforded by the creation of the European Common Market and the lowering of trade barriers.
In 1974, Du Pont acquired a 40% interest in Nylon de Mexico, S.A. (Nylmex) following a merger with Policron de Mexico, S.A., in which Du Pont had held a 49% interest. This merger marked a major commitment on the part of Du Pont to increase its participation in the Mexican textile market.
The International Dept. was abolished effective January 1, 1991.
Scope and Content
These materials are the records of the International Finance Division within DuPont International. The collection has been arranged into two series: Vital Records Program and Nylon de Mexico reorganization.
The Vital Records Program series contains records from the Vital Documents Program, which was established during the Cold War to provide a secure location for the storage of corporate documents necessary to reconstruct a company's claims and liabilities or to establish the existence of a given subsidiary in the case of a catastrophic event. These files are organized by geographic location.
The Nylon de Mexico reorganization records series documents negotiations to restore Nylmex's financial position after inaccurate financial projections and a sharp economic downturn caused the company to default on loan agreements with several major banks.
This collection is open for research.
Literary rights retained by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company.
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- E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. International Department records
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