Interview with W. J. Beadle, 1962 June 19 [audio]

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  • Coming to work for DuPont
    Partial Transcript: "I worked in Wilmington in the summer of 1916, 1917 before I went into the service..."
    Synopsis: [Very poor recording. Starts with a conversation that sounds unrelated to the rest of the interview.] The interview seems to begin at 3:20 when Beadle begins to talk about his early career and education at M.I.T. He talks about how he was excited to have the chance to work for DuPont and viewed the company in a positive light. He talks about how DuPont expanded around the time of World War I and into the 1920s. He talks about DuPont's interest in a shipping company.
    Keywords: Cargo; Chemical engineering; Chemistry; DuPont; Marcus Hook, Pa; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Shipping; Wilmington, Del.; World War (1914-1918)
  • Working in DuPont's development division
    Partial Transcript: "Yes, I trained there..."
    Synopsis: Beadle continues to describe his career at DuPont. He talks about DuPont acquiring a paint business in Philadelphia during the 1920s. He talks about DuPont's development department.
    Keywords: Development department; DuPont; Paint; Philadelphia, Pa.; Work
  • [Inaudible]
    Partial Transcript:
    Synopsis: The conversation is not understandable.
  • Getting work done at DuPont; Diversification and expansion at DuPont
    Partial Transcript: "That's something that I was not personally involved..."
    Synopsis: Beadle talks about work flow at DuPont and how his division started new tasks. He talks about manufacturing acids and pigments. He talks about diversification and expansion at DuPont.
    Keywords: Acids; Diverisfication; DuPont; Paint; Work
  • Diversification and expansion at DuPont
    Partial Transcript: "They immediately began cutting expenses... just stuck to the thing you're talking about, bread and butter manufacture and sale..." "My job was continuing, but I could see the handwriting on the wall..." "We wouldn't have had Nylon if we hadn't had Rayon before it."
    Synopsis: [This section begins mid sentence.] He talks about the security of his previous job before going to DuPont. He talks about diversification and expansion at DuPont. He talks about DuPont's dye business.
    Keywords: Allied Chemical Corporation; Development department; DuPont; Dye; Hercules Powder Company; Manufacturing; Nylon; Rayon; Sales; Work
  • Projects initiated by the development department; Hiring and staffing; Expanding the dye business
    Partial Transcript: "I remember one study... that was to go back and review the invention of Duco and eight or ten other inventions..."
    Synopsis: Beadle talks about a study initiated by the development department reviewing the invention of Duco and some other inventions he does not name. He notes that they found many of these inventions had accidental origins. He talks more about Duco's origins as a chemical for nitrate film before becoming an automotive lacquer. He says that the development department's job was to identify parts of other departments that were beginning to flag. He talks about staffing and hiring in the development department. He talks about times when the department hired geologists and says that as of the interview it had its own marketing department. Beadle talks about expanding DuPont's dye business.
    Keywords: Development department; Duco; DuPont; Dyes; Geologists; Hiring; Marketing; Staffing
  • Moving from the development department to the treasury department
    Partial Transcript: ".. asked me if I wanted to move to the treasury department without saying what the assignment would be or what particular area he expected me to take over..."
    Synopsis: Beadle talks about moving to the treasury department at DuPont. He says that he was offered the move and accepted it without knowing what his job there would be. He describes his job at the treasury department. He talks about changes to the department while he worked there.
    Keywords: Development department; DuPont; DuPont executive committee; Finance; Treasury department
  • [Inaudible]
    Partial Transcript:
    Synopsis: The conversation is not understandable.
  • Colleagues in DuPont's treasury department; I.B.M. equipment in the treasury department; Treasury department's relationship with the United States government; Foreign relations; ICI DuPont case;
    Partial Transcript: "Another one was the executive vice-president of a Midwest bank..."
    Synopsis: [The section begins mid sentence.] Beadle is talking about some of his colleagues in the treasury department. He shares some anecdotes about working in the treasury department. He talks about the acquisition of IBM. equipment. He describes one occasion when an assistant treasurer was drafted into the military. He talks about DuPont's foreign relations. He talks about the ICI DuPont legal case.
    Keywords: Computers; DuPont; Finance committee; I.B.M.; ICI; Military draft; Staffing; Treasury department; United States government; Work
  • Contact with members of the du Pont family
    Partial Transcript: "One thing about him you should know... he told me this himself... the simplest way to wash a nylon shirt is to wear it in the shower..."
    Synopsis: Beadle talks about his personal contact with Pierre S. du Pont including some humorous anecdotes. He talks about du Pont's role with the financial committee. He says that he was getting older, but remained involved with critical decisions. He talks about his contact with R.R.M. Carpenter. [The interview ends abruptly.]
    Keywords: Carpenter, R. R. M. (Robert Ruliph Morgan), 1877-1949; Development department; Du Pont, Pierre S. (Pierre Samuel), 1870-1954; Finance; Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, Pa.); Nylon; Treasury department

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