Research & Collections News
One of the first questions I was asked after being hired to head Hagley’s Published Collections department was “Which books did the du Pont family bring with them to the United States on the American Eagle in 1799?” For the longest time I could not provide an answer, but now I can.
This month, we have a staff favorite from our vast collection of DuPont Company commercials. The commercial, shown during an episode of Cavalcade of America in the mid-1950s, promoted the use of Nylon and Neoprene in insulated cold weather clothing.
Paper is the flesh of the archive. It can be so familiar that the sensitive researcher can sometimes date a collection by smell and feel. Light must and cardboard—within the last fifty years. Damp, heady, sharp, nearly chemical fumes—we’re in much older territory.
The David Sarnoff Library (DSL) opened fifty years ago today adjacent to the library of the Radio Corporation of America’s David Sarnoff Research Center in Princeton New Jersey. In the early 1960s, Sarnoff, RCA’s iconic leader of more than three decades, had begun thinking about his legacy.