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DuPont Powder Co., One section of B Plant Box Repair Shop panorama

Accession 2013.217

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
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Finding aid prepared by Laurie Rizzo, 2013.

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[Description and dates], Box/folder number, DuPont Powder Co., One section of B Plant Box Repair Shop panorama (Accession 2013.217), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: DuPont Powder Co., One section of B Plant Box Repair Shop panorama
Dates: 1916 November
Accession Number: 2013.217
Creator: E.I. du Pont de Nemours Powder Company. Taylor, E.K.
Extent: 1 item
Physical Description: 1 panoramic photograph : b&w.
Location: Drawer A-26.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company was established as a black powder manufactory in 1802. The Du Pont Company purchased a site near City Point, Virginia on the James River in 1912 in order to build a dynamite plant located closer to the southern market. The onset of World War I, however, created a great demand for guncotton, and the Hopewell Works was converted to that purpose, starting in 1915. This item is a 1916 panoramic photograph of the repair shop.
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Administrative Information


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This collection is open for research.

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Historical Note

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company was established as a black powder manufactory in 1802 by Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours and his son Eleuthère Irénée du Pont. 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.

The Du Pont Company purchased a site near City Point, Virginia on the James River in 1912 in order to build a dynamite plant located closer to the southern market. The onset of World War I, however, created a great demand for guncotton, and the Hopewell Works was converted to that purpose, starting in 1915. It became the largest guncotton plant in the world, employing at its heighth some 28,000 people. After the war, the plant was sold off for other uses, including the making of ceramics by the Hopewell China Corporation.

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Scope and Content

This item is a large panoramic photograph. Printed on the front, "One section of B Plant Box Repair Shop, DuPont Powder Co., Hopewell, Virginia, panorama by EK Taylor." Written on back, "From: Roy A. Philpott, DuPont Pharmaceuticals, 1986 Jaunary 10."

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