Stephanie Kwolek photographs

About this collection

Stephanie Louise Kwolek (1923-2014) was an American chemist best known for her role in inventing Kevlar. Kwolek began her career in 1946. After graduating from what is now Carnegie-Mellon University with a B.S. in Chemistry, she was hired as a research chemist at DuPont's textile fabrics laboratory in Buffalo, New York. Six years later, she transferred to Wilmington, Delaware to work in the newly launched Pioneering Research Laboratory.

Kwolek has been named on a total of twenty-eight patents and won a number of awards for her work, including the National Medal of Technology and Perkin Medal. Kwolek was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1995 and the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2003.
This digital collection contains photographs related to Kwolek and her career and achievements. Most of the photographs were between 1970 and 1990. The collection has not been digitized in its entirety. For a detailed description of the entire collection, which includes photographs, albums, press clippings, slides and videotapes click here to view the finding aid.
Image: Stephanie Kwolek, March 10, 1999, Box 1, Folder 7, Stephanie Kwolek photographs and videotapes (Accession 2014.248), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807. Click here to view this image in our digital collection.

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Nellie Kwolek portraits
Portrait of Stephanie Kwolek's mother Nellie as a young woman., [Description and dates], Box 1, Folder 1, Stephanie Kwolek photographs and videotapes (Accession 2014.248), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Polymer Group portraits, DuPont Laboratory, Buffalo, New York, 1948
In 1946, after graduating from what is now Carnegie-Mellon University with a B.S. in Chemistry, Kwolek began her career as a research chemist at DuPont's textile fabrics laboratory in Buffalo, New York., [Description and dates], Box 1, Folder 2, Stephanie Kwolek photographs and videotapes (Accession 2014.248), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Kwolek snapshots
Includes Kwolek and Paul Morgan doing the "Nylon rope trick demonstration"; Kwolek in her laboratory; Kwolek at her desk; Kwolek with Paul Morgan and Herbert Blades; Kwolek with DuPont Lab "singles"; Professor Padahiro Asada's visit to Experimental Station; Kwolek being filmed for an interview; and Kwolek as a child on a pony. These snapshots were taken around the years 1928, 1946, 1960, 1980, 1982, and 1984., [Description and dates], Box 1, Folder 4, Stephanie Kwolek photographs and videotapes (Accession 2014.248), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Kwolek group and individual portraits
Includes Kwolek with Paul Morgan; Kwolek receiving Society of Plastic Engineers Award; Kwolek with microscope portrait; Pioneering Research exhibit board; Kwolek and Paul Morgan picture and article about \"Fiber B\". These photographs were taken in the 1970s and in 1985., [Description and dates],"Series 1, Box 1, Folder 5", "Stephanie Kwolek photographs and videotapes (Accession 2014.248), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Spruance Research Lab personnel
Includes Kwolek, Paul Morgan, and Herbert Blades, among others., [Description and dates], Box 1, Folder 6, Stephanie Kwolek photographs and videotapes (Accession 2014.248), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Kwolek portraits
[Description and dates],"Series 1, Box 1, Folder 7", "Stephanie Kwolek photographs and videotapes (Accession 2014.248), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Paul Morgan, Herbert Blades, and Stephanie Kwolek group portrait
Photograph used in Dupont News, [Description and dates], Box 1, Folder 8, Stephanie Kwolek photographs and videotapes (Accession 2014.248), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Pioneering Research Laboratory staff group portraits
The 1984 portrait framed with Paul Morgan's award from the American Chemical Society. Both were removed from frame for conservation purposes., [Description and dates],"Series 1, Box 1, Folder 10", "Stephanie Kwolek photographs and videotapes (Accession 2014.248), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Gordon Research Conference, Polymer Liquid Crystals group portraits
[Description and dates], Box 1, Folder 12, Stephanie Kwolek photographs and videotapes (Accession 2014.248), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Kwolek portrait, 1997
[Description and dates],"Series 1, Box 1, Folder 15", "Stephanie Kwolek photographs and videotapes (Accession 2014.248), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Kwolek and unidentified man portrait
[Description and dates], Box 1, Folder 17, Stephanie Kwolek photographs and videotapes (Accession 2014.248), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807