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Accession 2468

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, Herman Schroeder papers (Accession 2468), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Herman Schroeder papers
Dates: 1901-1997
Accession Number: 2468
Creator: Schroeder, H.E.
Extent: 6 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: H.E. Schroeder was a research chemist who spent most of his career with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. His papers consist of documents and memorabilia covering his family and professional life.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

Items less than 25 years old are closed to researchers.

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Historical Note

H.E. Schroeder was a research chemist who spent most of his career with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Herman Elbert Schroeder was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 6, 1915. He attended Brooklyn's well-known Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School and completed all of his college studies at Harvard, receiving his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1939. He joined DuPont in 1938 and rose to become Director of Research and Development (1963-1980), specializing in the fields of synthetic rubber and plastics. During this period, he received 37 patents and published 40 papers. After retirement, Schroeder served as a consultant to several major museums on the chemical aspects of art conservation, as well as being an industrial consultant and lecturer. He received the Charles Goodyear Medal of the American Chemical Society and the Lavoisier Medal for research leadership from DuPont. He died at the Stonegates retirement home in Greenville, Del. on November 28, 2009.

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Scope and Content

The Herman Elbert Schroeder papers are a mixed collection of documents and memorabilia covering his family and professional life. Personal items cover the Schroeder family history, biographical data, childhood and education, retirement letters, funeral plans, and notes on the Sunset Park neighborhood of Brooklyn where Schroeder grew up. Schroeder's professional life is covered by copies of some research papers, articles and patents, mostly on elastomers and particularly the history and chronology of neoprene. There are also biographical sketches of other DuPont scientists and a photo of the Gossamer Albatross, a muscle-powered airplane sponsored by DuPont. Materials relating to awards and honors include a copy of Schroeder's remarks at a Nobel Prize banquet for Ernst Ruska, materials relating to the 1987 Nobel Prize awarded to fellow DuPont chemist Charles J. Pedersen, correspondence regarding Schroeder's own numerous awards and honors, and his actual Lavoisier Medal.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Personal Items, 1901-1997
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1 Retirement cards, letters, poem, and Schroeder's farewell remarks, 1979 December 5
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1 Retirement sign-in guest book, undated
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1 Poly Prep Country Day School 1932 reunion publication with Schroeder bio information, 1997
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1 Harvard embroidered shield with Schroeder's name, 1995
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1 Caroline Schmidt Schroeder family certificates and photocopies, undated
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1 Schroeder burial plots in Greenwood Cemetery, early 1900s
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1 Will of Nicholas Schroeder, 1915
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1 Copy of a photograph of a Schroeder family home built in 1905 in Hanover, Germany, undated
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1 Wedding certificate copies from Hermann Schroder and Rebecca Maria Wolber, undated
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1 Henry William Schroeder - copy of certificate of promotion, Brooklyn Public Schools, 1901
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1 History of Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood, undated
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1 The Polyglot year books, Polytechnic Preparatory Country Day School, Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, NY, 1931 - 1932
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1 Letter opener made of the first Delrin Acetal Resin from DuPont, 1950s
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1 Schroeder's funeral preference form, memo regarding new vat dyes at Jackson Laboratory and note regarding nitro, undated
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1 Herman Schroeder correspondence folder, undated
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1 Letter from The Metropolitan Museum of Art regarding Paintings Conservation Dept consultant work with Schroeder, 1980 June 2
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1 DuPont announcement, new Polymer Products Department, 1979 November 15
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1 DuPont announcement, retirement of Edwin A. Meyer, Comptroller, 1979 December 31
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1 Forbes article entitled, "There will always be a DuPont," 1997 October 13
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1 Letter from National Museum of American History regarding DuPont assistance creating a "Materials" exhibit, 1985 October 23
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1 Paper on Synthesis of Azobiphenyldicarboxylic Acid (ABC Acid) by Schroeder, September 1948
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1 Patent Reports on 4,4' Acetylnitrobiphenyl and Azobenzene-4,4'-dicarboxylic acid, undated
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1 U.S. Patent Office: Elastic Linear Copolyesters; Polymeric Products; Polyalkylene Ether Glycol-Arylene Di-isocyanate Elastomer Sponge; and Thermoplastic Polyurethane Elastomers Suitable for Injection Molding, undated
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1 Chemistry poetry composed by Gordon Robbins, 1950s
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1 Photo of the "Gossamer Albatross", The Challenge: To Fly a Human-Powered Airplane from England to France, 1979 June 12
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1 Papers by Schroeder on Fluorocarbon Elastomers, Elastomeric Polyexters, Vitron (fluoroelastomer), and fluoroelastomers, undated
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1 Confidential report on Commercial Neoprene Recipes, 1962 October 16
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1 Properties of Hydrocarbon; Halogenated Methanes and Ethanes; and Freons, undated
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1 Properties of Raw Polymer and Vulcanizates, undated
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1 Factors Influencing Processability, undated
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1 Concepts of Polymer Science, undated
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1 Elastomeric Condensation Block Copolymers, undated
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1 Recent Advances in Isocyanate Chemistry, undated
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1 Two photo negatives on Hytrel, solvent cast polyester elastomer film, undated
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1 Neoprene - 12 Billion Pounds, 1985
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1 Report - The Chronological Development of Neoprene, 1923 - 1974
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1 Progress Report - 3,4-Benzopryrene-1,5-Quinone and Related Polynuclear Quinones, Serial Number 19644, original draft copy and report, 1947
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1 Problem Report - Polynuclear Ketones of the 3,4-Benzopyrene-1,5-Quinone Series, Serial No. 20280, 1948
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1 Biography of Elmer Keiser Bolton, industrial researcher, undated
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1 Letter from Wallace H. Carothers to Dr. Hamilton Bradshaw, 1927 Nov. 9
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1 The American Asso. For the Advancement of Science, "Wallace H. Carothers and Fundamental Research at DuPont," 2 Aug. 1985 [reprint]
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1 Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, "Vinylidene Fluoride - Hexafluoropropylene Copolymer - A Thermally Stable Elastomer," October 1957 [reprint]
II. Awards, 1939-1997
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1 General Award of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers, 1979
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1 Wisdom Award of Honor, undated
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1 Poly Prep Country Day School Distinguished Achievement Award, April 1997 [includes E.E. Schroeder identification cards]
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1 Charles Goodyear Medal, Rubber Division, American Chemical Society, May 1984 [See certificate in Box 6.]
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1 Nomination for Technical Award of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers, 1979
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2 DuPont Lavoisier Medal for Technical Achievement, 1992 [Includes listing of other Lavoisier Award Winners. Award trophy in Box 6.]
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2 Pedersen Award Winners, undated
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2 Copy of remarks made at a "Banquet Nobel A Stockholm" including Ernst Ruska, undated
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2 "The Discovery of Crown Ethers" by Charles J. Pedersen paper and Nobel lecture, 1987 December 8
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2 "The Productive Scientific Career of Charles Pedersen" by Schroeder, undated
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2 Photographs of Nobel Prize award, 1987
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2 DuPont Directions newsletter featuring Charles J. Pedersen, 1987; 2 copies
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2 Industrial Chemist publication featuring Charles J. Pedersen, Feb. 1988; 2 copies
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2 Bio on Charles J. Pedersen, undated
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2 Nobel Prize folder - newspaper clippings and related documents/mementos, undated
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2 Charles J. Pedersen Publications and Papers, 1939-1988
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2 Pedersen Project Advisory Committee Meeting, 1986 October 6
III. Patents and Publications, 1946-1987
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3 Schroeder Biographical Data and list of publications, undated
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3 Schroeder oral history interview transcript, 1986 December30; 3 copies
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3 Schroeder Oral History interview transcript, 1987 January 12; 3 copies
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3 Articles by Schroeder - "Innovation: A first-person tale of joy," undated
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3 Julius A. Nieuwland Centenary Memorial Mass, 1978
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3 Schroeder Publications, 1949 - 1984
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3 Schroeder Patents, 1946-1977
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3 Slides and Reprints, undated
IV. Meetings and Presentations, 1950-1992
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4 12th International Symposium on Macrocyclic Chemistry, Hiroshima Japan, July 1987
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4 American Dyestuff Reporter Journal, Perkin Centennial Issue, 1956 August 27
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4 Angewandte Chemie, International Edition in English, January 1972
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4 Angewandte Chemie, in German, Aug. 1988
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4 Horizons Guest Lecturers invitation to speak, 1987 September 8
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4 Symposium on History of High Performance Polymers, Advances in Fluoroelastomers, undated
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4 Remarks at Schroeder's 25th Anniversary celebration, undated
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4 The Effect of Dye Structure on Affinity for Fibers (reprint) by Schroeder and S.N. Boyd, 1957
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4 Articles and papers by Schroeder, undated
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4 DuPont Chambers Works News newsletter, DuPont Industries, Deepwater, NJ, announcing Schroeder's appointment to Elastomer Chemicals Dept. post, 1956 Nov. 3
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4 Journal - Every Evening, Wilmington DE newspaper reporting Schroeder's appointment, 1956 Nov. 30
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4 Contingency Planning for an Energy Emergency meeting, 1980 July 24
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4 American Chemical Society, World War II Synthetic Rubber meeting program, July 1979
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4 Report to the National Science Foundation on "Polymers and People" Project, December 1988
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4 International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers, Inc. Eleventh Annual Meeting Proceedings Mexico, Schroeder speech and photograph, May 1970
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4 Rubber & Plastics News, The Rubber Industry's Newspaper, Schroeder article, August 1984
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4 Talk at the Harvard colloquium, 1950 December 12
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4 International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers, Inc. (IISRP) 16th Annual Meeting, presentation by Schroeder, May 1975
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4 IISRP Souvenir booklet from 20th Annual Meeting, May 1979
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4 Industrial Research Institute research papers, 1985
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4 Fluoro Elastomers paper, April 1986
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4 AERA Weekly publications, in Japanese, undated [No. 20, 10.4; No. 23, 10.25]
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4 DuPont Pensioner Newsletter, Fall 1988
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4 Industrial Chemist publication, December 1987
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5 Fluropolymer Development Charts, undated
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5 Scroll from Elastomer Chemical Department to Schroeder on his 25th Anniversary, undated
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5 Swedish newspaper front page copy, 1928 June 28
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5 Swedish development charts from Charles J. Pedersen, undated
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5 Charles Goodyear Medal Award Certificate from American Chemical Society to Schroeder, undated
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5 American Chemical Society, Delaware Section - 50-Year Award Winner - Program and Certificate, 1992
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6 DuPont - Lavoisier Medal for Technical Achievement trophy awarded to Schroeder, undated