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Donald R. Hull papers

Accession 2137

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


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

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Donald R. Hull papers
Dates: 1941-1995
Accession Number: 2137
Creator: Hull, Donald R. , 1911-1995
Extent: 3 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: Donald Robert Hull (1911-1995) was a longtime employee at the DuPont Company mainly working with nylon and textile fibers. The collection pertains to his work at DuPont and Hull's consulting firm, Fiber Concepts, Inc.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

Records less than 25 years old are closed.

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Biographical Note

Donald Robert Hull was born in Minneapolis, Minn., on January 31, 1911 and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1934. He joined E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company in the same year and worked at the Old Hickory Rayon Plant in Tennessee before being transferred to the Experimental Station near Wilmington. From 1951 to 1957 he was Technical Superintendent of the Seaford Nylon Plant, after which he returned to Wilmington as Engineering Development Manager for all new fiber products. In 1969 he invented conductive fibers for static control in nylon carpet.

Hull retired from DuPont in 1976 and in 1980 formed Fiber Concepts, Inc., a consulting firm, through which he continued his work in nylon and textile fibers. In 1988 he was among the first recipients of the Nylon Technology Awards. He died at his home in Wilmington on October 15, 1995.

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Scope and Content

Series I. DuPont Co., documents Hull's work with synthetic fibers, both textile fibers and fiberglass. Among official company documents are copies of the Textile Fibers Dept. Bulletins (1964-1980), a series of lectures on polymers arranged by the Pioneering Research Section, a Textile Fibers Dept. sales handbook for 1957, and an illustrated manual on the nylon manufacturing process (1952). Also included are reference files on the history of nylon, plastics, fiberglass, and static-free carpet.

Series II. Fiber Concepts, Inc., document Hull's efforts to develop and market the "Duralize" yarn-dyeing machine, which could dye with up to four colors simultaneously, and the similar "Xylonize" machine. Included are patents, calculations, correspondence, and drawings. The company's other major projects represented are a plastic mixing valve for use in medical procedures and a scheme for recycling plastic wastes.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. DuPont
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1 Automobile tires, 1961-1971
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1 Carpet study, 1967-1986
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1 Charts, alloys, ceramics, misc., 1964-1971
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1 Conductive fiber, 1960-1979
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1 Dielectric properties, undated
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1 DuPont Textile Fibers Dept. Bulletins, 1964-1980
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1 Glass fibers, 1956-1960
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1 Knitting lace, 1947-1950
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1 Novel spun-yard routes, 1968
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1 NRD-419: Package injection for polychomatic effects, 1972-1977
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1 Nylon, 1941-1985
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1 Pigments, carbon black, dispersants, undated
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1 Pioneering lectures on high polymers, 1950
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1 Plastics reference, 1971
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1 Polytetrafluoroethylene, circa 1963
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1 A Review of the Nylon Manufacturing Process, 1952
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1 Textile Fibers Dept. - Sales Service Handbook, 1957
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1 Viscose rayon, 1932-1943
II. Fiber Concepts, Inc.
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2 Carpet tiles, 1962-1982
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2 Designs, 1982
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2 Duralize Mark II - Drawings, 1980
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2 Duralize Mark II A - Drawings, 1980
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2 Duralize Mark II B - Drawings, 1982
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2 Duralize Mark II Unit 2 - Drawings, 1979
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2 Duralized yarn patents, 1978-1995
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2 Dye machine, 1976-1983
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2 Letters - Chronological, 1982-1986
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2 Mark II package dyer - Operating guide, 1982
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2 Mark II patents, 1977-1981
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2 Mark III dyeing concept, 1977-1981
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2 Mark III patents, undated
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3 Mark II patents, undated
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3 Minutes, bylaws, certificate book and transfer ledger, 1980-1995
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3 Negola, Edward - Waste recovery venture, 1980-1995
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3 Nilit Ltd., 1990-1991
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3 Sheath core carpet yarns, 1970-1995
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3 Strategy, 1982
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3 Textile history, 1942-1983
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3 Valve file, 1985-1990
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3 Visit by Dr. Ono of Toray Industries, 1994
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3 White conductors, 1966-1981
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3 Xylonize II - Unit I - Drawings, 1975
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3 Xylonize dyeing machine, 1976-1993