Oral history interviews on Wallace Carothers

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    This collection contains ten interviews conducted in July and August of 1978 with chemist Wallace Hume Carothers’s friends, family, and colleagues. Five of the interviews were recorded as well as transcribed, while others were only transcribed. The interviewees primarily share stories and focus on their feelings surrounding Carothers’s personality, work, and suicide. Helen Sweetman, Carothers’s wife, is also a common subject. Other topics include the DuPont Experimental Station, life in mid-twentieth century Wilmington, Delaware, and Carothers’s election to the National Academy of Sciences.
    Image: Portrait of Dr. Wallace H. Carothers, circa 1928. Click to view.

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