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Donald F. Carpenter photographs

Accession 2003.203

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Donald F. Carpenter photographs (Accession 2003.203), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Donald F. Carpenter photographs
Dates: circa 1920-1968
Accession Number: 2003.203
Creator: Carpenter, Donald F.
Extent: 500 items
Physical Description: 35 photographic prints : b&w ; 37.9 x 46.8 cm. or smaller. 91 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 8 x 10 in. 15 photographic prints : b&w ; 5 x 7 in. 20 photographic prints : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. or smaller. 1 photographic print : color ; 4 x 5 in. 51 items : clippings. 4 items : pamphlets. 15 items.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: Donald Fell Carpenter (1899-1985) was General Manager of the Film Department at Du Pont. The collection consists of photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and a few letters relating to Donald Carpenter's personal life and career.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Donald Fell Carpenter was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. on September 24, 1899. He graduated from M.I.T. with a B.S. in Engineering in 1922. Between 1927 and 1933 he held increasingly important managerial positions with the Du Pont Viscoloid Company, and between 1933 and 1948 with the Remington Arms Company. In 1947-48 he was a member of the Industrial Advisory Group to the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, and on March 1, 1948, he was appointed Chairman of the Military Liaison Committee of the AEC and deputy to Secretary of Defense James Forrestal on atomic energy matters. On September 22, 1948, he left the Military Liaison Committee to chair the Munitions Board. Carpenter resigned both government posts on June 30, 1949 and returned to Du Pont, although he returned to government as a member of the Special Stockpile Advisory Committee in 1957-58. From 1950 to his retirement in 1963, Carpenter was General Manager of the Film Dept. at Du Pont. He remained active in civic work, particularly with Wilmington hospitals and MIT. He died on September 28, 1985.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets and a few letters relating to Donald Carpenter's personal life and career. Many of the images relate to Carpenter's career with the Du Pont Company, especially his tenure as General manager of the Film Department. These include images of Carpenter touring assorted Du Pont film plants, attending film department and sales department staff meetings, and meeting with other Du Pont executives. Carpenter's employment with the Remington Arms Company is also featured in several photographs, which are primarily formal portraits taken in Carpenter's office and photographs showing groups of executives. A significant number of newspaper clippings and magazine articles featuring Carpenter and his work with Du Pont are also part of the collection. Pamphlets in the collections include an early 1960s pamphlet from the Du Pont Film department featuring samples of the assorted films that the company developed and produced.

Carpenter's government service is also well represented in the collection. Images of Donald Carpenter being sworn in as Chairman of the Munitions Board and posing formally with the Board and its staff are part of the collection. Several images feature Munition Board meetings. A number of pictures of government and military officials, most of which are autographed, are also included in the collection. These include Presidents Truman and Eisenhower, Secretary of Defense James Forrestal, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson, Secretary of the Army Gordon Gray, General Omar Bradley, Army Chief of Staff Joseph L. Collins and noted scientist, Vannevar Bush. There are also copies of letters of congratulations and recognition for Carpenter's work with the Atomic Energy Commission and the Munitions Board. Images featuring Donald Carpenter's civic and personal interests round out the collection. A number of photographs reflect Carpenter's longtime involvement with MIT; these show both alumni activities and meetings of planning committees of the MIT Corporation. Carpenter's personal life and inteterests are respresented by a small file of images including his wedding photograph, images of leisure activities and photographs of his uncle, Edmund N. Carpenter.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. DuPont Company photographs
Box Folder
1 1 DuPont photographs pertaining to Donald Carpenters position as head of Dupont Film Division, 1938-1966, undated
Box Folder
1 2 General Managers' visit to Engineering Department, Dupont Louviers Building, 1953 November 10
Box Folder
1 3 Donald Carpenter with group including C.K. Davis and Walter Carpenter, undated
Box Folder
1 4 Ninth International Congress of Scientific Organizations, 1951 Brussels International Management Conference, 1951
II. Remington Arms Company
Box Folder
1 5 Photos taken during Donald Carpenter's employment at Remington Arms, undated
Box Folder
1 6 Donald Carpenter at his desk, Remington Arms company, undated
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1 7 Remington Arms executives: Donald Carpenter, G.O. Clifford, and M.R. Warden, undated
Box Folder
1 8 Donald Carpenter and E.K. Gladding, Remington Arms, 1948 March 18
Box Folder
1 9 Donald Carpenter Vice President and Director of Manufacture, Remington Arms Company, undated
Box Folder
1 10 Dr. Compton of M.I.T. visits Remington Arms, Bridgeport Connecticut, 1948 January 29
III. Government Service
Box Folder
1 11 Donald Carpenter portrait as Chairman of Munitions Board, 1948 September 22
Box Folder
1 12 Donald Carpenter being sworn in as Chairman of Munitions Board: Major General Thomas H. Green, Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army; Secretary of Defense, Mr. James Forrestal, 1948 September 22
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1 13 D.F. Carpenter and family after being sworn in as Chair of the Munitions Board, 1948 September 22
Box Folder
1 14 Munitions Board staff, undated
Box Folder
1 15 Secretary of Defense, Louis Johnson, and Carpenter family presenting retiring Carpenter with Certificate of Appreciation, 1949 June 24
Box Folder
1 16 Photographs relating to Donald F. Carpenter's service with the Munitions Board and Atomic Energy Commission, undated
Box Folder
1 17 Portrait of meeting of National Military Establishment, sub-committee of the House Committee on Appropriations, 1949 January 31
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1 18 Portrait of Vannevar Bush, undated
IV. M.I.T. Alumni Activities
Box Folder
1 19 M.I.T. Class of 1922 group, alumni day 1955, 1955 June
Box Folder
1 20 M.I.T photographs showing Donald Carpenter's involvement with alumni committees, 1958-1968, undated
Box Folder
1 21 Presentation of drawings of "Compton Laboratory" to M.I.T. executive committee, 1954
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1 22 M.I.T. executive committee at dinner, undated
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1 23 Portrait of and program for the memorial dinner of Dr. Karl Taylor Compton, M.I.T., 1954 December 4
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1 24 Breaking ground for new senior dormitory, 1947 October 6
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1 25 Round table gathering, University Club, 1946 December 11
V. Personal and Leisure Activities
Box Folder
1 26 Wedding of Donald Carpenter and Louise Coolidge Carpenter, 1928 May 31
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1 27 Personal and leisure activity photos, 1956-1979, undated
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1 28 Family photograph, Carpenter as boy (?), undated
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1 29 Carpenter leisure photos, 1952, 1958, undated
VI. Photographs pertaining to Edmund N. Carpenter
Box Folder
1 30 Photographs pertaining to Edmund N. Carpenter, uncle of Donald F. Carpenter, 1937, 1921, undated
VII. Newspaper Clippings and Magazine Articles
Box Folder
1 31 Newspaper clippings, 1948-1963
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132 May/June 1959 "Better Living" magazine article on Carpenter and letter of congratuations from friend, Mary H. Dodge, 1959
Box Folder
1 32 “From Du Pont… The Largest, Most Versatile Line of Films for Industry”; Pamphlet, circa 1960 – 1963, with a brief synopsis of Du Pont’s involvement in film development and manufacture. Samples of the following Du Pont films for industry are featured in the pamphlet: Cellophane, Mylar, Tedlar, Tytrel, Teflon, Mylar-T, Acetate, Polyethylene, H Film (under testing), Vexar and Cel-O-Seal.
IX. Government Service Scrapbook
Box Folder
2 1 Carpenter at meetings, Armed Forces Chemical Association, Munitions Board monthly luncheon, 1949 May, 1949 June, undated
Box Folder
2 2 Donald Carpenter and family receiving Certificate of Appreciation and visiting White House, 1949, undated
Box Folder
2 3 Swearing in of Donald Carpenter as Chairman of the Munitions Board, 1948
Box Folder
2 4 Autographed photo of Joseph L. Collins, Army Chief of Staff, undated
Box Folder
2 5 Autographed photo of General Omar Bradley, undated
Box Folder
2 6 Short letter from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Arthur W. Radford, 1956 September 21
Box Folder
2 7 Letter from Donald Carpenter to James Forrestal resigning Atomic Energy Commission positions, 1948 September 15
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2 8 Resolution by the Military Liaison Committee to the Atomic Energy Comission of appreciation to Donald F. Carpenter, 1948
Box Folder
2 9 Telegram from "Ike" Eisenhower commending Carpenter for his efforts, 1949 June 24
Box Folder
2 10 Signatures of members of National Military Establishment Munitions Board, undated
Box Folder
2 11 June 1949 letter from Harry Truman accepting Carpenter's resignation from Munitions Board, 1949 June 22
Box Folder
2 12 September 1948 letter from Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal, accepting Carpenter's resignation from Atomic Energy Commission, 1948 September
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2 13 April 1948 letter from Secretary of Defense, James Forrestall, explaining Donald Carpenter's duty as Chair of Military Liason Committee, Atomic Energy Board, 1948 April
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2 14 Citation to accompany the National Military Establishment certificate of appreciation, 1949
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2 15 Resolution of Gratitude and Appreciation presented by the National Military Establishment to Donald Carpenter, 1949 June 30
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2 16 Press release on Donald Carpenter being awarded NME Appreciation Certificate, 1949 June 24
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2 17 Autographed photo and cancelled stamp of President Dwight Eisenhower, undated
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2 18 Autographed photo and cancelled stamp of President Harry Truman, undated
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2 19 Autographed photo of Kenneth C. Royall, First Secretary of the Army, 1945
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2 20 1948 Manufacturing Department staff, Remington Arms Company, Inc., 1948
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2 21 Autographed photo of James Forrestal, Secretary of Defense, undated
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2 22 Autographed photo of James Forrestal, Secretary of Defense, 1948, 1948
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2 23 Autographed photo of Russell J. Hopley, Director of Civil Defense Planning, 1948, 1948
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2 24 Autographed photo of Lt. General, Leroy Lutes, 1948, 1948
Box Folder
2 25 Autographed photo of Gordon Gray, Secretary of the Army, 1949, 1949
Box Folder
2 26 Autographed photo of Louis Johnson, Secretary of Defense, 1949, 1949
X. Oversize Photographs
Box Folder
2 27 Photographs of business meetings and dinner, 1944 August 17-18, 1937 May, 1939 April 3, 1937/1938 (?), 1944 March 27, undated
Box Folder
2 28 Dupont Company executives, 1943, undated
Box Folder
2 29 Carpenter's personal life: M.I.T fraternity, group portrait of members of M.I.T. Corporation, group photo featuring Edmund N. Carpenter (uncle of Donald F. Carpenter), 1918, 1921, 1917, 1962, undated
Box Folder
2 30 Remington Arms Company, Inc. Manufacturing Department, War Organization, 1943, 1943
Box Folder
2 31 Autographed group portrait of 1948 Munitions Board, 1948 December 9