The Winterthur Archives

 

 

OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

 

Creator:    Col. H.A. du Pont Company                                                                     

Title:          Records   

Dates:        1925-1951           

Call No.:    Arc. 18    

Quantity:   5 boxes

 

 

ORGANIZATIONAL STATEMENT

 

Incorporated on June 5, 1925 in the state of Delaware, the Col. H.A. du Pont Company was an investment holding company.  Governed by a board of directors, it was involved in real estate, financial transactions—especially banking activities—and transactions dealing with stocks and securities.  Col. Henry Algernon du Pont (1846-1926) formed the corporation in 1925 and upon his death, his son, Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), took over as president.  The company was dissolved on December 26, 1951.

 

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT

 

Collection documents how an investment holding company functioned during the mid 20th century.  It contains invoices, business forms, advertisements, a minute book, incorporation records, by-laws, dissolution records, accounting records, stock and security records, deed and settlement certificates, notices and reports to stockholders, banking records, correspondence, payroll records, and tax publications.

 

 

ORGANIZATION

 

Collection is arranged in four series and within each box, folders are arranged alphabetically by folder title.  Series 2 contains corporate records; series 3 correspondence; series 4 governmental material, including tax and payroll records; and series 6 holds objects.  Series 1 and 5 are not represented.  The original finding aid to the collection, done in MSAccess, appears at the end of this finding aid.

 

 

PROVENANCE

 

Collection is owned by the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, but housed at Hagley Museum and Library.  It was assembled over several years, from 1969-1972, by transfers from various sources: in 1969, from the clerical division of the Wilmington, Del. office of Henry Francis du Pont; in 1970, from the financial division of the same Wilmington office; in 1971, from the main museum building at Winterthur; and in 1972 and 1974, from the office of the properties and gardens divisions at Winterthur.

 

 

RELATED MATERIALS

 

Papers of Col. Henry A. du Pont, also owned by the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, are also housed at the Hagley Museum and Library.

 

 

ACCESS POINTS

 

McCollum, Henry B.

Ellis, Raymond

Hughes, James, Jr.

Du Pont, Henry Algernon, 1846-1926

Du Pont, Henry Francis, 1880-1969

Laird, Walter W.

Real estate management

Business records

Investments

Holding companies

Stocks

Taxation

Delaware – Business records

Invoices

Correspondence

Articles of incorporation

By-laws

Minutes

Payrolls

Advertisements

 

 

Col. H.A du Pont Company

Folder title

Information and date

Series

Box

Alexander Publishing Co.

business, 1935-1946

2, 3

7, 3 (oversize)

American Gas & Electric Co.

1948

3

7

Balance sheets (2 folders)

1925-1932

2

4

By-laws

n.d.

2

5

Col. H. A. du Pont Co. stock

n.d.

2

4

Commerce Clearing House, Inc.

bills, 1947, 1949

2

5

Delaware, State of

taxes, reports, 1925-1951

4

4

Dissolution

1951

2

4

Du Pont de Nemours Co., E. I.

business, 1929-1952

3

7

Federal Water & Gas Corp.

business, 1941

3

7

Hering & Morris

business, 1935

3

7

Incorporation

certificate, 1925

2

4

Kennecott Copper Corp.

business, 1943-1944

3

7

Kurtz, Charles C.

bill, 1925

2

5

Ledger

1925-1951

2

4

Marvel, Marvel, Layton & Hughes

bills, 1925

2

5

Milbank, Tweed & Hope

business, 1943-1945

3

7

Minute book

1925-1951

2

3 (oversize)

Morris, Steel, Nichols & Arsht

business, 1951-1952

3

7

Otwell, J. F.

resignation, 1950

3

7

Pennsylvania, State of

business, 1926-1935

3

7

Pennsylvania, State of

stock reports, 1925-1933

4

4

Seal

object

6

O12

Securities

notes, n.d., 1926

2

5

Security Realty & Investment Co. (3 folders)

deed, business, 1925

2, 3

4, 5, 7

Thayer West Point Hotel Corp. (4 folders)

stock, agreement, business, 1926-1927

2, 3

4, 7

United Corp.

business, 1942-1943

2, 3

7, 3 (oversize)

United Gas Improvement Co.

business, 1943-1944

2

5

United State Treasury Dept.

stocks, business, taxes, 1925-1944

2, 3, 4

5, 7, 3 (oversize)

Wilmington Trust Co. (11 folders)

checks, deposits, 1925-1942

2

5, 6