Hagley Museum and Library - Manuscripts and Archives Department
The records primarily document the presidency of Lammot du Pont (1926-1940), with some fragmentary records from the Irénée du Pont period (1919-26). The records describe the Du Pont Company's transformation into a diversified chemical company in the years after the First World War. Records document the organization of the Chemical Department under the leadership of Dr. Charles Lee Reese. The collection describes Du Pont's research and development program which during these years focused on dyes, celluloid, cellophane, plastics, ammonia, textile fibers, and artificial rubber. The evolving relationship between corporate strategy, organizational structure, research and development is described. The records also trace the company's post World War I public relations campaign during which it sought to overcome the "Merchant of Death" label. Du Pont's response to the Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, and the C.I.O.'s organizing campaigns are also described in these records. ... Read More
Hagley Museum and Library - Manuscripts and Archives Department
The Sperry Gyroscope archive was originally housed in the firm's Public Relations Dept. Consequently, the bulk of the records are a heterogeneous collection assembled to serve advertising and public relations needs
Hagley Museum and Library - Manuscripts and Archives Department
The records consist of about 140 patent and trademark papers either issued to Low himself or assigned to him or one of his companies. The inventions break down into a number of broad categories, including electrical appliances, heaters, lamps (even an electrocuting mousetrap); typesetting apparatus including calenders and compositor's sticks; elements for kerosene, gas, oil or other hydrocarbon engines, stoves or burners; and marine equipment including compasses, ventilators, and a submarine. Other inventions number devices for disposing of waste paper, eyeglasses and a desk
Hagley Museum and Library - Manuscripts and Archives Department
The records consist of 13 volumes from the Secretary's office in the Camden administration building. They were discovered in a safe bought for scrap metal by Harold S. Riess in the early 1990s and were given to Hagley by his daughter in 2016
Hagley Museum and Library - Manuscripts and Archives Department
Warner's papers include information on company history, his administrative and technical files as director of research and company vice president, personal correspondence and financial records, biographical sketches and genealogical data
Hagley Museum and Library - Manuscripts and Archives Department
The records of the Taylor-Wharton Iron & Steel Company consist of a series of fragments primarily collected for the purpose of anniversary celebrations
Hagley Museum and Library - Manuscripts and Archives Department
The papers of Charles J. Pedersen are arranged in six series. The first and second series are divided between Pedersen's research on crown compounds and his pre-crown research. The other four series span both periods of his career. This collection documents the career and accomplishments of one of the DuPont Company's most distinguished scientists
Hagley Museum and Library - Manuscripts and Archives Department
In 1945, the Sperry Gyroscope Company, inc., established a project to document the history of the company and of the gyroscope in a file of 4 x 6 cards. By the time the project was abandoned in 1961, there were about 6,000 cards in two series. There was at one time a third "secret" file for classified projects. The information in the files was abstracted from a variety of manuscript and printed sources, including company, professional and government publications. The file gives an overview of over 60 years of the company's history
Hagley Museum and Library - Manuscripts and Archives Department
The records of Hoopes, Bro. & Darlington, Inc., are relatively complete and give a full picture of the firm during its peak years in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The records are in two lots, the largest of which is designated as Accession 1374
Hagley Museum and Library - Manuscripts and Archives Department
The Lawrence Sperry Aircraft Company records include technical and sales correspondence, engineering drawings, and reports that document the development of the aerial torpedo, automatic pilot, airplane stabilizer, and other aeronautical instruments. Correspondence with the Navy's Air Service Department describes the company's research, development and testing programs. There are also a number of reports on test flights. Patents and financial records document the relationship between the Lawrence Sperry Aircraft Company and the Sperry Gyroscope Company, as well as the agreements of both with the Curtiss Aeroplane & Motor Corporation. The Perry-Curtiss joint venture culminated with the invention of the flying bomb (1917-1918), which placed Sperry controls on a Curtiss-designed plane