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Francis Victor du Pont family papers

Accession 0351

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
research@hagley.org

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Francis Victor du Pont family papers (Accession 0351), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Francis Victor du Pont family papers
Dates: 1804-1961, bulk 1915-1960
Accession Number: 0351
Creator: du Pont, Francis Victor, 1894-1962
Extent: 5.6 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: Francis Victor du Pont (1894-1962) was a civil engineer and political figure in Delaware and Maryland. This collection combines papers and memorabilia of Francis Victor du Pont and those of his parents and ancestors.
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Administrative Information


Provenance

Deposit of Francis V. du Pont's son, E.I. du Pont, 1962.

Access Restrictions

Portions of the collection are subject to restrictions. Please contact the Manuscripts & Archives Department personnel.

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Biographical Note

Francis Victor du Pont (1894-1962), eldest son of T. Coleman du Pont and Alice du Pont, was a civil engineer and political figure in Delaware and Maryland.

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Scope and Content

This collection combines papers and memorabilia of Francis Victor du Pont and those of his parents and ancestors.

Francis Victor du Pont's own papers focus primarily on his role as an engineer promoting better highways, his roles in Delaware Republican Party affairs including his term as finance chairman. In the former category are papers relating to Coleman du Pont Road, Inc., which his father created to improve the present U.S. Route 13 as a gift to the state the State Highway department, the Bureau of Public Roads, the American Road Builders' Association, and two items on the building and dedication of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. The second are focused on the period 1949-60, particularly the first Eisenhower-Nixon presidential campaign, with items on the reactions to Nixon's famous "Checkers" speech. Personal papers contain information on personal investments, family relationships, diplomas, clippings and biographical notes.

Papers of T. Coleman du Pont deal primarily with two events, Coleman's sale of his DuPont Company stock to Pierre S. du Pont through the medium of the DuPont Securities Company and the extensive litigation brought by other family stockholders to block the sale and divide Coleman's interest proportionately, and his building of the Coleman du Pont Boulevard, later Coleman du Pont Highway. Among the latter is a large presentation book from the people of Delaware containing signatures and speeches commemorating the gift of the highway to the state in 1924.

Family miscellany consists of random pieces from other extended du Pont family members dating back to 1804, including letters of Nicholas Van Dyke, Samuel Francis du Pont, family reminiscences relating to Admiral and Mrs. Samuel Francis du Pont, Mary Van Dyke du Pont, and others, including a copy of the New York American of October 12, 1824 concerning the visit of Marquis de Lafayette to Victor du Pont.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

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1 Ancestry chart of Alice du Pont (Mrs. T. Coleman du Pont)
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1 "Armes de la famille de Felleport," ; 2 pages
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1 Marriage certificate of T. Coleman du Pont and Alice du Pont, 17 January 1889
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1 Copy of New York American, with references to LaFayette and Victor du Pont, 13 October 1824
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1 Program of the dedication ceremonies of Delaware Memorial Bridge, August 15, 1931
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1 "The Delaware Memorial Bridge, A Construction View," 15 August 1931
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1 [Nicholas] Van Dyket to Philadelphia merchants [John] Reed and [Standish] Forde, N. Castle, 11 February 1804 [relative to settlement of Reed & Forde's claim against P. Jaquette[?] and Lucas Stidham] ; 3 pages
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1 [Nicholas] Van Dyket to Philadelphia merchants [John] Reed and [Standish] Forde, N. Castle, 24 February 1804
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1 Photograph by Harris & Ewing, Washington, of T. Coleman du Pont with inscriptions signed by Coleman du Pont (July 3, 1919) and John Wesley Hill
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2 List of correspondence of P.S. du Pont, T. Coleman du Pont, and Alfred I. du Pont, 4 January 1915-3 March 1915
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to P. S. du Pont, Rochester, Minnesota, 15 January 1915 [Defendant's Exhibit No. 8, 10 July 1916. PJinted in Record to Final Hearing, Philip F. du Pont et al. vs. Pierre S. du Pont, et.al. (4 vols.), II, 637-638, with deletion of brief portion of a sentence about Coleman du Pont's physical condition, which is near the end of the letter.] ; 3 pages
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2 P.S. du Pont to T. Coleman du Pont, Longwood, 8 March 1915 [This letter does not appear to have been submitted in evidence at the trial. It discusses certain details and aspects of the sale of Coleman du Pont's stock in the DuPont Company.] ; 6 pages
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to P. S. du Pont, Pasadena, California, 17 March 1915; 4 pages
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2 [T. Coleman du Pont], draft of letter or memorandum referring to events prior to his departure for Mayo Clinic at Rochester, Minnesota, undated
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Lewis L. Dunham (per EG), 15 January 1915
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Lewis L. Dunham, 24 January 1915
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Lewis L. Dunham, 23 January 1915
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Lewis L. Dunham, 1915
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2 Lewis L. Dunham to T. Coleman du Pont, 28 January 1915
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Lewis L. Dunham, 29 January 1915
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Lewis L. Dunham, 31 January 1915
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2 Lewis L. Dunham to T. Coleman du Pont, 5 February 1915; 2 pages
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Lewis L. Dunham, 13 February 1915; 2 pages
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2 Lewis L. Dunham to T. Coleman du Pont, 2 March 1915; 4 pages
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Lewis L. Dunham, 10 March 1915; 4 pages
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2 Lewis L. Dunham to T. Coleman du Pont, 15 March 1915
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2 Lewis L. Dunham to T. Coleman du Pont, 17 March 1915
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Lewis L. Dunham, 22 March 1915
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Paul E. Wilson, 22 March 1915
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Lewis L. Dunham, 14 December 1914
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to P.S. du Pont, 7 December 1914; 14 December 1914
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to R. H. Dunham, 7 December 1914
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to W. J. Webster, 14 December 1914
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2 P. S. du Pont to T. Coleman du Pont, 20 February 1915 [Printed in Record to Final Hearing, II, 664-666; Defendants' Exhibit, No. 19, 10 July 1916.] ; 2 pages
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2 Telegrams between T. Coleman du Pont and P.S. du Pont, 1915 February 20-22 [printed in Record, II, 662, 663, 666-667]
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2 Lewis L. Dunham to T. Coleman du Pont, 17 February 1915; telegram
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Lewis L. Dunham, 19 January 1915
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Lewis L. Dunham
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2 P.S. du Pont to T. Coleman du Pont, 28 January 1915; 3 pages
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2 P.S. du Pont to T. Coleman du Pont, 4 January 1915; 2 pages
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2 Coleman du Pont's[?] handwritten notes, undated
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2 P. S. du Pont's handwritten notes regarding distribution of stock to members of Executive Committee, and to particular employees, undated
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2 John J. Raskob to T. Coleman du Pont, on dissolution of International Smokeless Powder and Chemical Company, 1 February 1915; 3 pages
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2 John J. Raskob to T. Coleman du Pont, 26 January 1915; 6 pages
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to P.S. du Pont, 19 February 1915; telegram
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2 [T. Coleman du Pont] to P.S. du Pont, undated; telegram
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2 T. Coleman du Pont[?] to [UNK], undated; telegram
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to P.S. du Pont, 22 February 1915 [printed in Record, II, 667] ; telegram
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Lewis L. Dunham, 17 February 1915.; telegram
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2 Copy of promissory note of DuPont Securities Company to Bankers Trust Co., for $8,500,000, at 6% with card of H.F. Wilson, Jr. (on which is a note to Lewis L. Dunham), 2 March 1915
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2 "Confidential" - T. Coleman du Pont to [Lewis L. Dunham], 3 February 1915 [concerns the sale of DuPont stock] ; 4 pages
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2 [T. Coleman du Pont] to Lewis L. Dunham from Rochester, Minnesota, undated; telegram
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2 P. S. du Pont to T. Coleman du Pont, 8 February 1915
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2 P. S. du Pont to T. Coleman du Pont, 5 February 1915; 2 pages
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2 P. S. du Pont to T. Coleman du Pont, 5 February 1915; 3 pages
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Lewis L. Dunham with enclosed letter to P.S. du Pont, 13 February 1915
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to P. S. du Pont, 13 February 1915; 2 pages
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to P. S. du Pont, 31 January 1915
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to P. S. du Pont, 31 January 1915; 3 pages
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to P. S. du Pont, 31 January 1915; 5 pages
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2 Lewis L. Dunham to T. Coleman du Pont, 5 February 1915; 2 pages
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2 P. S. du Pont to T. Coleman du Pont, 28 January 1915; 3 pages
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2 [T. Coleman du Pont] to Directors of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., 11 May 1917; 3 pages
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2 Wm. S. Hilles to T. Coleman du Pont, 23 July 1917
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2 Wm. S. Hilles to T. Coleman du Pont, 20 July 1917
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2 Wm. S. Hilles to T. Coleman du Pont, 4 June 1917
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2 [T. Coleman du Pont] to Wm. S. Hilles, 19 July 1917
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Wm. S. Hilles, 1 June 1917
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2 Wm. S. Hilles to T. Coleman du Pont, 26 May 1917
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2 [T. Coleman du Pont] to Wm. S. Hilles, 25 May 1917
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2 Wm. S. Hilles to T. Coleman du Pont, 30 April 1917
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Wm. S. Hilles, 28 April 1917
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Miss Bonham (Secretary), 27 April 1917
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2 Wm. S. Hilles to T. Coleman du Pont, 9 January 1917
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Wm. S. Hilles, 8 January 1917
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Miss Bonham, 11 October 1916
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Wm. S. Hilles, 11 October 1916
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2 Wm. S. Hilles to T. Coleman du Pont, 6 October 1916
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2 Reba J. Biermener (Secretary to Wm. S. Hilles) to T. Coleman du Pont, 26 September 1916
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Wm. S. Hilles, 25 September 1916
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2 Memo note concerning letters of January 9, 25, 28 (unsigned)
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2 Wm. G. Mahaffy (Clerk of the U. S. District Court, District of Delaware) to T. Coleman du Pont, 18 September 1916 [lists the original seven items from Coleman du Pont, admitted as evidence in suit of Du Pont et al. vs. Du Pont et al., No. 340 in Equity] ; 2 pages
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2 [T. Coleman du Pont] to Wm. G. Mahaffy, 14 September 1916
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Miss Bonham, 26 August 1916
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2 T. Coleman du Pont to Wm. G. Mahaffy, 13 July 1916
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2 [P.S. du Pont] to T. Coleman du Pont, with affidavit of Wm. G. Mahaffy, 4 January 1915 [Defendants' Exhibit No. 4-1/2 in case of du Pont et al. vs. du Pont et al., No. 340 in Equity. Printed in Record, II, 623-624.] ; 2 pages
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2 [P.S. du Pont] to T. Coleman du Pont, with affidavit of Mahaffy, 9 January 1915 [Defendants' Exhibit No. 6. Printed in Record, II, 628-632.] ; 5 pages
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2 [P.S. du Pont] to T. Coleman du Pont, with affidavit of Mahaffy, 14 January 1915 [Defendants' Exhibit No. 9. Printed in Record, II, 639-642.] ; 4 pages
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2 P.S. du Pont to T. Coleman du Pont, with affidavit of Mahaffy, 18 January 1915 [Defendants' Exhibit No. 11. Printed in Record, II, 643.]
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2 P.S. du Pont to T. Coleman du Pont, with affidavit of Mahaffy, 25 January 1915 [Defendants' Exhibit No. 14. Printed in Record, II, 647-651.] ; 5 pages
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2 P.S. du Pont to T. Coleman du Pont, with affidavit of Mahaffy, 20 February 1915 [Defendants' Exhibit No. 16. Printed in Record, II, 662] ; 1 p. telegram
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2 P.S. du Pont to T. Coleman du Pont, with affidavit of Mahaffy, 20 February 1915 [Defendants' Exhibit No. 18. Printed in Record, II, 663.] ; telegram
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2 P.S. du Pont to T. Coleman du Pont, with affidavit of Mahaffy, 20 February 1915 [Defendants' Exhibit No. 19. Printed in Record, II, 664-666] ; 2 pages
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2 P.S. du Pont to T. Coleman du Pont, with affidavit of Mahaffy, 22 February 1915 [Defendants' Exhibit No. 20] ; telegram
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2 Alfred I. du Pont to T. Coleman du Pont with affidavit of Mahaffy, 16 February 1915 [Complaintant's Exhibit No. 14. Printed in Record, I, 186-188] ; 2 pages
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2 Reminiscences collected by Sophie du Pont Ford from Mary Van Dyke du Pont, 1929 [relative to Du Pont de Nemours and Van Dyke family histories] ; 46 pages black binder
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3 Francis Victor du Pont - Diploma from Hill School, June 10, 1913
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3 Francis Victor du Pont - Bachelor of Science diploma from MIT, June 12, 1917
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3 Letter to Francis V. du Pont from Irene du Pont about forming a syndicate to purchase DuPont stock from Alfred I. du Pont, January 13, 1922; 2 pages
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3 Biographical Notes on Francis V. du Pont, 1959, 1961; 2 pages
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3 Survivors, 20 May 1962 [attached is a copy of No. 15]
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3 Newspaper clippings relating to Francis V. du Pont as Delaware "Engineer of the Year", from Wilmington Morning News and Cambridge (Md.) Banner, February 1959; 2
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3 Letters of congratulation to Francis V. du Pont as "Engineer of the Year" from Harold C. Whiteside, Gerrish Gassaway and W. A. McWilliams, February 1959
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3 Correspondence relating to National Engineers Week, February 1959
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20a-b Scrapbooks, 1925-1961 [Certificates of membership, programs, news clippings, photographs, and letters from Samuel Francis du Pont and Charles I. du Pont, including: Charles I. du Pont to F. G. Smith, Louviers, July 10, 1849; S.F. du Pont to Theodore Sedgwick, Esq., November 10, 1856, Louviers; "Else" du Pont to "Soph and R du Pont", January 21, 1889 [incorrectly dated 1888, but postmarked 1889] from Luray, W. Va. [Probably written during wedding trip, since she was married to T. Coleman du Pont on January 17, 1889]; T. Coleman du Pont to Hon. John G. Townsend, July 15, 1927, re F. V. du Pont's candidacy for the Senate and other suggestions of successors to Coleman du Pont; Print of Camp du Pont, 1824] ; 2 volumes
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3 "Gi" - Correspondence of Lammot du Pont [politics, Waldorf Astoria Hotel bands, yachting], family members, and others, 1920-1952 [Includes: Patent of James Q. du Pont of Johnstown, Pa., for "Fluid Flow Controlling Mechanism", 1933; correspondence with James Q. du Pont relating to National Radiator Corp. at Johnstown, Niagara Blower Co and air conditioning equipment, 1933; Family matters - books bought from Mrs. E. M. du Pont ("Aunt Mab") in Johnstown, Pa., 1935; Correspondence with Lt. Col. Joe N. Dalton, Major George A. Hadd and others at Governor's Island, New York, relative to Annunziata copy of F. V. du Pont's portrait (oil) of Samuel Francis du Pont for Fort du Pont, 1939-1940; correspondence with Miss Sadie du Pont (Aunt Sadie), Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1938; correspondence with Mrs. A. Felix du Pont, regarding developing inlet and adjacent lands at Rehoboth, Delaware, 1940; letter from Marquis James to F. V. du Pont relative to writing a biography on Alfred I. du Pont, i.e. permission to quote from two letters of Coleman du Pont to Alfred I. du Pont, 1940; correspondence with A. Felix du Pont relative to Coleman du Pont's hotel investments for Alvin F. Harlow's article for the D.A.B., 1941; letter from Pierre S. du Pont relative to collection of Manigault letters, 1946; letter from Pierre S. du Pont relative to becoming a member of the Committee of Americans, 1949; 1948 correspondence with Irene du Pont relative to underwriting the du Pont family Sesquicentennial on January 1, 1950; letter from Charles S. Horine of the Sherwin-Williams Co., Silver Spring, Md., relative to diary of Mrs. Gabriel Manigault, started in 1789, which was bought by T. Coleman du Pont's secretary, 23 December 1949; copy of letter from [Francis V. du Pont] to Irene du Pont, January 3, 1950, mentioning the diary was quite possibly destroyed while going through his father's papers.]
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4 General Correspondence, November 5, 1935-May 16, 1944
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4 Correspondence P.S. du Pont, Lammot du Pont, Rogers C. Dunn, Irene du Pont, June 26, 1950-October 12, 1951
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4 General Correspondence, May 12, 1950-Dec 22, 1952
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4 Political. No. 4 - Francis V . du Pont's appointment as State Financial Chairman and campaign strategy, October 12, 1949-November 15, 1951
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4 Political No. 5 - Francis V. du Pont's activity as Republican State Finance Chairman for Delaware., September 10, 1951-Mar. 12, 1953
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4 Campaign donations, June 13, 1950-February 9, 1953
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5 Active Young Republicans, April 3, 1950-June 7, 1951
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5 Eisenhower - Nixon Fund, September-November 1952
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5 National Professional Committee for Eisenhower and Nixon - fund raising, October-November 1952
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5 Stuart R. Douglas, May 16, 1951-March 2, 1953
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5 Republican National Committee, July 14, 1952-October 14, 1952
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5 Matthews, Orus J.
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5 Officers and Committee- Republican State Finance Committee, January 10-September 1952
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5 Dwight D. Eisenhower- Eisenhower's secretary, January 1951 and DDE October 1952
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5 Senator Richard Nixon - Nixon TV campaign fund speech, September 23, 1952
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5 P.W. Reeves, July 23, 1952-November 25, 1952
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5 Federal Appointments, circa 1952
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5 Radio speech, 1952
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5 Republican State Committee, December 11, 1950-August 26, 1952
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5 Political - Statistics, 1948, 1949, 1952
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5 Registration Figures, 1950
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5 Politics, June 28, 1956-October 10, 1961
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5 Dick Nixon Club, March 25-May 19, 1960
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6 Delaware River Cross No. 5, May 12, 1948-January 19, 1953
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6 Dept. of Commerce, March-April 1953
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6 Bureau of Public Roads, September 24, 1956-February 26, 1962
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6 Public Service Committee chronology, July 9, 1957-July 14, 1961
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6 Highway Research Board, February 24, 1958-May 11, 1962
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7 American Road Building Association Executive Committee Eng. Division, March 17, 1959-March 14, 1962
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7 American Road Building Association Public Affairs Committee, March 16, 1959-November 9, 1961
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7 American Road Building Association Group Insurance Program, October 23, 1958
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7 Coleman du Pont Road, Inc. - articles of association, June 23, 1911
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7 Senate Bill No. 353; 2 copies
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7 In the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware, circa 1950
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7 Coleman du Pont Road, Inc. - Corres, Lasher, Layton, November 24, 1948-March 1953; March 11, 1956; January 19, 1960
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8 Coleman du Pont Road, Inc. - sample lease forms
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8 Transfer of Coleman du Pont Road, Inc. stock to State of Delaware, November 13, 1959-March 3, 1961
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8 Recognition by State of Delaware (Mr. du Pont's gift of land), February 9, 1960-April 26, 1960
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8 Coleman du Pont Road, Inc. - receipts and disbursements, January 31, 1951-January 31, 1959
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8 Coleman du Pont Road, Inc. - income tax returns, 1955-1959
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8 Coleman du Pont Road, Inc. annual reports, 1957-1959
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8 Coleman du Pont Road, Inc. correspondence, May-June 1961
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8 Coleman du Pont Road, Inc. tax reports, 1941-1955, 1958, 1959
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8 Accordian check files, 1949-1959; 3 items
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8 "Francis du Pont," March 7-31, 1931; black Morocco bound volume
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9 Presentation Book - "To Francis Victor du Pont from his friends in the Bureau of Public Roads," January 1956
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9 Public Roads of the Past (published by American Association of Highway Officials), 1952; 2 copies
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9 Presentation Book, "From the People of Delaware to Coleman du Pont," July 2, 1924