DuPont Company Textile Fabrics Department videotapes
About this collection
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. The videotapes include employee training videos related to management, customer service and safety, as well as informational videos about product and services, company history and events. There are also copies of the DuPont sponsored documentary films, “To Fly” and “Flyers,” and news footage about the two films. The collection has not been digitized in its entirety. For a detailed description of the entire collection, click here to view the finding aid.
- Image: Still frame from The Wonderful World of Nylon. Click to view film.
- An in house seminar presented by Dupont employees about the internet and ways to use it at work. Includes the following talks: 'All's Fair in Modeling and Simulation,' 'Surf's Up at Government Labs,' 'Internet Use in Life Sciences,' 'Treasures Found on the Internet,' 'Netsmarts: Secure Use of the Internet,' and 'Use of Client Software over Phone Lines.'
- Film tells the story of Kyle Murphy, a fictional World War II pilot who becomes a plane restorer and movie stunt pilot and over the course of the film inspires his young cameraman to become a stunt pilot himself. The film features even more spectacular footage of recreated World War I and World War II aerial combat, including dogfights, a crippled landing on an aircraft carrier, and a wing-walking stunt over the Grand Canyon.
- Begins with segment introduction with Gene Shalit, movie critic. Includes commercials. Then Today show segment including Dennis Moore, Producer of "Flyers", Kevin Donnelly, stuntman and Art Scholl, pilot, both of "Flyers", explain to host Jane Pauley how the stunt over the Grand Canyon almost went wrong. Segment ends after more commercials and Pauley makes one more comment.
- Unidentified female employee introduces Karl Wiig, Knowledge Research Institute, Inc. Wiig gives presentation and answers questions about sharing knowledge within an organization. Includes slides. Break in video when groups are formed for discussion, at 01:19:30:00. Session participants elaborate on their group discussions.
- Program begins with selections from the Bethel AME's Children's Choir. Opening statement from Mark Wagman. Sandra Bowe, Director of Diversity and Work life, DuPont. Rodrick Moore presents the 2004 Dr. Martin Luther King art contest winners. Kashana Roberts, Cab Calloway School of the Arts performs. Michelle Marshall, Dupont Polymers, presents the 2004 Dr. Martin Luther King Essay Contest winners. Robert Ford, DuPont Public Affairs, introduces Dr. Benjamin Carson, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution. Nanticoke Indian Dance Troupe performs. Sandra Lewis, Finance organization, and Senior Vice President and Chief Science Officer, Dr. Tom Connelly present Dr. Martin Luther King Science Awards. Deborah Grubbe, Safety, Health and Environmental Excellence Center, gives thanks to participants of event. Program close with benediction by Alexander Kopatsis and a performance by the DuPont Diversity Choir.
- Program detailing a carpet reclamation program sponsored by DuPont and other corporate partners. Includes interviews with John Carson, VP/General Manager, DuPont Flooring Systems ; William Ruckelshaus, Chairman/CEO, Browning-Ferris Industries; Paul Pearlman, Business Development Manager, DuPont Flooring Systems; Fred Williamson, CSI/CDC Corporation, President, Contract Distributors Division.
- Seven DuPont employees meet in Philadelphia to discuss the new Professional Excellence Community (PEC) program: Daniel Hazelhurst, Senior Research Associate; Bruce Homemeyer, Account Manager; Fernando Ontaneda, Research Engineer; Lynora Bowen, Senior Research Engineer; Bill Kopish, Product Manager, Electronics ; Sandy Eckfeldt, Senior Systems Analyst ; Roger Siemionko, Technical Manager.