210th Anniversary is One for the Books

DuPont News, July 19, 2012


Dr. Erik Rau, director, Library Services, Hagley Museum and Library
Dr. Erik Rau, director, Library Services, Hagley Museum and Library, shown with the ledger of company’s board minutes.

In commemoration of DuPont’s 210th anniversary, the company will officially convey an important set of 20th century documents to Hagley Museum and Library today.

The documents include Board of Directors and committee books dating from 1899 through 1940, and contain minutes for director and shareholder meetings, as well as those for the Executive, Finance and “A” Bonus Committees.

“This particular set of records covers one of the most important eras in DuPont and U.S. industrial history, and chronicles decisions made by some of our company’s most storied leaders,” DuPont Chair & CEO Ellen Kullman said. “By depositing these records with Hagley for future use by scholars and historians, we remind ourselves of the importance of our history and the achievements of the past.”

The time span covered in the records includes the establishment of the Experimental Station, the founding of DuPont Engineering, the publication of the first company-wide safety standards, World War I, the company’s transformation into a chemical company, its foray into basic scientific research, and the discovery of nylon.

“These volumes add depth to an already important archive at Hagley,” said Hagley Executive Director Geoff Halfpenny.

Hagley Library is the nation’s leading business history library, archives and research center.  Located at the site of the original DuPont mills along the Brandywine River in Delaware, its current holdings comprise 37,000 linear feet in the Manuscripts and Archives Department, 290,000 printed volumes in the Imprints Department, 2 million visual items in the Pictorial Department and more than 300,000 digital images and pages in the Digital Archives Department.