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David A. Hounshell and John K. Smith research notes for Science and Corporate Strategy

Accession 1850

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, David A. Hounshell and John K. Smith research notes for Science and Corporate Strategy (Accession 1850), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: David A. Hounshell and John K. Smith research notes for Science and Corporate Strategy
Dates: 1903-1986
Accession Number: 1850
Creator: Hounshell, David A.; Smith, John K. (John Kenly), 1951-
Extent: 8 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: The collection consists of research files compiled by David A. Hounshell and John K. Smith for the purpose of writing Science and Corporate Strategy: DuPont R&D, 1902-1980.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

Science and Corporate Strategy is the outgrowth of an idea of Edward G. Jefferson, chairman and chief executive officer of DuPont from 1981 to 1986 and a former research chemist. He felt that a history of the company's research and development programs would make an important contribution to U.S. historical scholarship and to current issues in public policy. Jefferson's idea resulted in a research project housed at the Hagley Museum and Library.

David A. Hounshell, a professor of the history of technology at the University of Delaware, and John Kenly Smith, one of his students in the Hagley Graduate Program with an undergraduate degree in chemistry, were asked to conduct the research and to write a scholarly history. They were given free access to the company's records and key personnel under the supervision of a committee of corporate officers. Their project was supported by DuPont through a grant dispensed through the Hagley Museum and Library.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of research files compiled by David A. Hounshell and John K. Smith for the purpose of writing Science and Corporate Strategy: DuPont R&D, 1902-1980. Research files include copies of correspondence, articles, reports, patents, chronologies, organizational charts, and contracts from the DuPont Company from 1903 though 1980. Most documents were copied from original documents found in other Hagley collections and are noted with their original accession number.

The collection also contains copies of selected DuPont official company histories, including ones for the Chambers Works, the paint business, and the Textile Fibers plants. The projects files comprise the internal records of the project, including Hounshell's project notes, project committee meeting minutes and correspondence from 1983 through 1986, the project contract, publication information, oral history interviewee correspondence, and annual and semi-annual project reports. There is also a "long version" of the manuscript that is lacking Chapter 3.

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Arrangement

Series I. Research files; Series II. Project files; Series III. Departmental and product histories

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Separated Material

Hounshell and Smith oral history interviews, 1982-1988 (Accession 1878), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library

Original records collected from DuPont or individuals for the project have been placed in separate accessions.

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Access Points

American Telephone and Telegraph Company.
Antifreeze solutions.
Atlas Powder Company.
Beyer-Semsan Company.
Carothers, Wallace Hume, 1896-1937.
Chemical industry--History--United States
Cordura rayon tire cord.
Cronar polyester film.
Directors of Industrial Research (U.S.).
Du Pont, Irénée, 1876-1963.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company--General subdivision--History.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Biochemicals Dept.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Central Research and Development Dept.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Chemical Dept.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Development Dept.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Executive Committee.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Experimental Station.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Grasselli Chemicals Dept.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Organic Chemicals Dept.
General Electric Company.
General Motors Corporation.
Greenewalt, Crawford H., 1902-1993.
Gunpowder, Smokeless.
Hayden, Oliver M. (Oliver Mills), 1893-1991.
Hercules Powder Company.
Hounshell, David A. Science and corporate strategy: Du Pont R & D, 1902-1980.
Hueper, Wilhelm.
Imperial Chemical Industries, Ltd.
Interessengemeinschaft Farbenindustrie Aktiengesellschaft.
Jackson, Oscar R. (Oscar Raymond), 1855-1916.
Krebs Pigment & Chemical Company.
Lucite.
Maxim, Hudson, 1853-1927.
Mylar polyester film.
Neoprene.
Nylon.
Orlon.
Polyethylene terephthalate.
Polyethylene.
Research, Industrial--History--United States
Rubber, Artificial.
Runge, Otto, 1881-
Schüpphaus, Robert C., b. 1861.
Sparre, Fin, 1879-1944.
Stabillite (Propellant).
Tetraethyllead.
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