Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department

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The Textile Fibers Department of the DuPont Company, established in 1936 as the Rayon Department, specialized in researching and developing synthetic fibers for fabrics such as Rayon, Nylon, Teflon, Corian, and Kevlar. Between 2007 and 2015, former DuPont Company employee Joe Plasky interviewed individuals who worked in all sectors of the business, from research and engineering to marketing, during the period from approximately 1950 to 2000. The development of new materials, products, and processes; construction of new plants; changes in marketing and personnel systems; and the introduction of computer systems are among the topics covered in the interviews.

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Interview with David Bosley, 2008 September 24
Interview primarily relates to Bosley's role in the DuPont Co.'s Dacron business., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Bob Forney, 2008 September 24
Forney's interview chronicles the development of a continuous polymerization process for polyester fibers, including the use of the two-step pre-polymerization process, for the prototype at Seaford and the implementation at Kinston, where he moved to supervise the project. Forney also discusses his experience concerning the development of EFT and his work at Old Hickory as assistant plant manager. He also discusses the modernization of Nylon spinners in Wilmington., After completing a PhD in chemical engineering in 1950, Bob Forney (b. 1927, Chicago, Illinois) decided to work for DuPont Co. because he was interested in fiber developments, beginning in the Carothers Research Laboratory at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware working on Rayon production processes. He later moved from process to research, working on the development of ETF. He was the assistant plant manager at Old Hickory beginning in 1959, supervising the retraining of Rayon employees to work with Dacron, including beginning a night school to help workers learn to read and write. He eventually moved to marketing in the 1960s., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Jude Foxall, 2008 September 24
Interview primarily relates to Foxall's role in the DuPont Co.'s Nylon business., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with John "Jack" Brand, 2008 October 01
Interview primarily relates to Brand's role in engineering at DuPont Co., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Eugene "Gene" Jones, 2009 February 06
Interview primarily relates to Jones' role in the DuPont Co.'s Nylon business., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Donald P. Wiedmann, 2009 February 06
Interview primarily relates to Wiedmann's role in the DuPont Co.'s Nylon business., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Ronald "Ron" Brugge, 2009 February 09
Interview primarily relates to Brugge's role in the DuPont Co.'s Nylon business., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with James F. Heslep, III, 2009 February 09
Interview primarily relates to Heslep's role in the DuPont Co.'s Nylon and Dacron business., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Charles B. Buonossissi, 2009 March 05
Interview primarily relates to Buonossissi's role in the DuPont Co.'s Nylon business., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Jack L. Stout, 2009 March 27
Interview primarily relates to Stout's role in the DuPont Co.'s Nylon and Dacron business., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Perry Hopkins, 2009 March 31
Interview primarily relates to Hopkins' role in management at DuPont Co., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Tom Meador, 2009 March 31
Interview primarily relates to Meador's role in the DuPont Co.'s Dacron business., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807
Interview with Warren Bruce, 2009 April 06
Interview details period of incremental improvement in fibers; reporting and technical relationships between plants and hierarchy; strengths and weaknesses of DuPont fiber manufacturing process; and technical details about Dacron fibers, nylon type 90, Nandel and AMP-1., Warren Bruce (b. 1930) worked for the DuPont Co. from 1963 to 1994, making contributions as a researcher at Kinston, a venture manager for Kevlar in Wilmington, and a technical superintendent in Kinston and Chattanooga. He holds a 1962 PhD in chemical engineering from the University of California., [Description and dates], Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Oral history interviews with former employees of DuPont Company's Textile Fibers Department (Accession 2010.215), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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