skip to searchskip to content
banner
Herman Schroeder collection of DuPont Company audiovisual materials
print eadcite thisAsk Hagley
Herman Schroeder collection of DuPont Company audiovisual materials

Accession 2010.204

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


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

Finding aid prepared by Judy Stevenson and encoded by Chase Markee, 2013.,

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2017-10-13T13:06-0400

Finding aid prepared using best local practices and Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Herman Schroeder collection of DuPont Company audiovisual materials (Accession 2010.204), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

icon

Descriptive Summary

Title: Herman Schroeder collection of DuPont Company audiovisual materials
Dates: 1938-1993
Accession Number: 2010.204
Creator: Schroeder, H.E.
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
Physical Description: 77 photographic prints : color : 3.5 x 5 in. 22 photographic prints : b&w : 8 x 10 in. or smaller 1 photographic print : color : ca. 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : b&w : ca. 10 x 18 in. 154 slides : color and b&w : 35 mm 25 negatives : color : 35 mm 8 negatives : b&w : 4 x 5 in. or smaller 1 negative : b&w : 5 x 7 in. 2 albums : b&w and color : 11 x 11.5 in. 1 album (28 photographic prints) : b&w : 8.5 x 11 in. 7 videocassettes
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: Herman Schroeder joined the DuPont Company's Chemical Department in 1938 and held various positions at the Organic Chemistry Department at Jackson Laboratory and the Elastomer Chemicals Department. This collection consists primarily of materials related to Schroeder's professional activities after his retirement from the DuPont Company in 1980.
icon

Administrative Information


Existence and Location of Copies

View selected items online in the Hagley Digital Archives .

Processing Notes

Albums have been unbound and removed from their covers. Two Pedersen scrapbooks were in "magnetic" albums - items in these albums have been removed from pages for preservation purposes and empty albums discarded.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

icon

Biographical Note

Herman E. Schroeder (1915-2009) was a chemist at the DuPont Company from 1938 until 1980. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Harvard University in 1939 with a doctorate in organic chemistry. Schroeder joined the DuPont Company's Chemical Department in 1938, and in 1946 moved to the Organic Chemistry Department at Jackson Laboratory where he became division head in 1949 and assistant laboratory director in 1951. In 1957, Schroeder moved to the Elastomer Chemicals Department as assistant research director and was promoted to director of Research and Development in 1963, a post he held until his retirement in 1980.

In 1984, Schroeder received the Charles Goodyear Medal from the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society in recognition of his accomplishments in the field of elastomer research. While serving as assistant research director in the Elastomer Chemicals Department, Schroeder oversaw the work of DuPont research scientist Charles Pedersen (1904-1989). In 1961, under Schroeder's advice, Pedersen began a series of experiments in the field of hydrocarbon polymers, which ultimately led Pedersen to discover a new compound, "crown" ethers. In 1987, Pedersen was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery; Schroeder accompanied Pedersen to Sweden for the Nobel Prize ceremonies.

icon

Scope and Content

This collection consists primarily of materials related to Schroeder's professional activities after his retirement from the DuPont Company in 1980, though there is some coverage of his career with DuPont from 1938 to 1980. Most notable is an album of 28 photographs from Jackson Lab dating to 1956, where Schroeder is pictured alongside his colleagues and staff. The collection contains a number of color snapshots from the Charles Goodyear Medal Reception in 1984, as well as slides and lecture notes from the 12th International Symposium on Macrocyclic Chemistry in Hiroshima, Japan, where Schroeder gave a presentation on Charles Pedersen's discovery of crown ethers. Finally, there is very good coverage of Charles Pedersen's winning of the Nobel Prize, including two scrapbooks of photos, clippings, postcards, documents, and ephemera assembled by Schroeder and his wife, Elizabeth, both of whom accompanied Pedersen to Sweden to accept the Nobel Prize. The collection also includes seven VHS tapes. There is one tape of the Nobel Prize award ceremony on December 10, 1987 and a profile of Charles Pedersen from late 1988. Four tapes contain footage of the DuPont Company's 1992 and 1993 Lavoisier Medal award ceremonies, including interviews with Herman Schroeder. Finally, there is a copy of DuPont's video "Shaping the Future." The collection contains a small number of family photographs of Herman Schroeder with his wife, Elizabeth, and children, Nancy, Edward, Peter, and Martha.

icon

Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Photographs
Box Folder
1 1 Group portrait [Jackson Lab?], 1938; 1 b&w print: 8.5 x 10.5 in.
Box Folder
1 2 Family photos – Herman Schroeder with wife (Elizabeth) and children (Nancy, Edward, Peter, Martha), 1944-1958; 15 b&w prints: various sizes 2 color prints: various sizes
Box Folder
1 4 Group portrait – Attendees of the Gordon Research Conference, 1979; 1 b&w print: 8 x 10 in. paper of seating chart
Box Folder
1 6-7 Charles Goodyear Medal Reception, 1984; 38 color prints (& duplicates): 3.5 x 5 in.
Box Folder
1 11 Unidentified men, undated; 2 b&w prints: 5 x 7 in.
Box Folder
1 12 Miscellaneous, undated; 1 color print: 3 x 4 in. 1 paper: 8.5 x 11 in.
Box Folder
1 14 Group portrait- DuPont Executive Seminar, 1966 June 24; 1 b&w print: 8 x 10 in.
Box
DF 16 Group of seven men, including Herman Schroeder, circa 1980s; 1 color print: 8 x 10 in.
Box
DF 16 Jackson Lab staff, circa 1951-1956; 1 b&w panoramic print
Oversize
Hanging Portrait of Herman Schroeder, undated; 1 color print: 16 x20 in. in frame: 21 x 25 in.
II. Negatives
Box Folder
1 13 Goodyear Reception, portraits of Schroeder, unidentified, 1984, undated; 3 b&w negs: 4 x 5 in. 5 b&w negs: 3.5 x 2.5 in. 1 b&w neg: 5.5 x 7 in. 25 35mm color negs
III. Documents
Box Folder
1 5 Invitation – Charles Goodyear Medal Reception, 1984; 3 color invitations: 4.5 x 6.5 in.
Box Folder
1 8 Lecture notes presented by Schroeder on Charles Pedersen's work at 12th International Symposium on Macrocyclic Chemistry, Japan, 1987; 35 pages: 8.5 x 11 in. For accompanying lecture slides, see 'slides' series
IV. Slides
Box Folder
1 8 Slides presented by Schroeder on Charles Pedersen's work at 12th International Symposium on Macrocyclic Chemistry, Japan, 1987; 33 b&w slides. For accompanying lecture notes, see 'documents' series
Box Folder
1 9 Charles Pedersen and Nobel Week, Sweden, 1987; 65 35mm. color slides
Box Folder
1 10 Miscellaneous chemistry slides, 1987, undated; 56 35mm color slides
V. Videotapes
Box
3 Nobel Prize Distribution, 1987 December 10; 1 0.5 in. VHS. This video has been digitized [ID: VID_2010204_B03_ID06 ].
Box
3 Charles Pedersen profile, 1988 December 8; 1 0.5 in. VHS: 30 min. This video has been digitized [ID: VID_2010204_B03_ID04 ].
Box
3 DuPont Company Lavoisier Awards, 1992; 1 0.5 in. VHS: 20 min. This video has been digitized [ID: VID_2010204_B03_ID01 ].
Box
3 DuPont Company Lavoisier Award Ceremony (main speaker not included), 1992; 1 0.5 in. VHS: 52 min. This video has been digitized [ID: VID_2010204_B03_ID02 ].
Box
3 Raw footage from 1993 Lavoisier film – interviews with Dr. Herman Schroeder, 1993 Spring; 1 0.5 in VHS: 45 min. This video has been digitized [ID: VID_2010204_B03_ID05 ].
Box
3 DuPont Company Lavoisier Awards, 1993; 1 0.5 in. VHS: 10 min. This video has been digitized [ID: VID_2010204_B03_ID03 ].
Box
3 DuPont Company "Shaping the Future," undated; 1 0.5 in. VHS: 20 min.
VI. Albums
Box Folder
1 3 Jackson Lab pictures and DuPont Executive Seminar group portraits, 1956, 1966; 26 b&w prints: various sizes 2 b&w contact sheets: 8 x 11 in. 6 newspaper clippings: various sizes 1 document: 6 x 7 in.
VII. Scrapbooks
Box Folder
2 1 Charles J. Pedersen, Nobel Laureate 1987, album 1, part 1 of 2, 1987; Various mixed media of various sizes including b&w prints, color prints, documents, postcards, magazine and newspaper clippings
Box Folder
2 2 Charles J. Pedersen, Nobel Laureate 1987, album 1, part 2 of 2, 1987; Various mixed media of various sizes including b&w prints, color prints, documents, postcards, magazine and newspaper clippings
Box Folder
2 3 Charles J. Pedersen, Nobel Laureate 1987, album 2, part 1 of 2, 1987; Various mixed media of various sizes including b&w prints, color prints, documents, postcards, magazine and newspaper clippings
Box Folder
2 4 Charles J. Pedersen, Nobel Laureate 1987, album 2, part 2 of 2, 1987; Various mixed media of various sizes including b&w prints, color prints, documents, postcards, magazine and newspaper clippings
VIII. Other
Oversize
Hanging Portrait of Herman Schroeder, undated; 1 color drawing: 11 x14 in.in frame: 18.5 x 21.5 in.