Copeland family.

Active 1637
Active 1998

Biographical notes:

Family papers of former DuPont CEO Lammot du Pont Copeland and his wife Pamela Cunningham Copeland.

Pamela Cunningham Copeland was born in Litchfield, Conn., on May 5, 1906, the daughter of Seymour and Stephanie Whitney Cunningham. She attended several boarding schools and graduated from the Knox School in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1924. After graduation, she studied voice in New York City and took lessons at the Julliard School. In January 1929, she went to Paris to study voice and while there met Lammot du Pont Copeland.

Lammot du Pont Copeland (1905-1983) was born in Christiana Hundred, Delaware, the only child of Charles and Louisa du Pont Copeland and a great-great-grandson of company founder E. I. du Pont. He graduated from Harvard in 1928 with a degree in chemistry and joined the DuPont Company at its Fairfield, Conn., plant in 1929.

The Copelands were married on February 1, 1930, and had three children: Lammot, Jr., Louisa d'Andelot Copeland, and Gerret van Sweringen Copeland. Lammot du Pont Copeland was transferred to the company's Wilmington headquarters in 1935, and the family settled on a 250-acre estate, Mount Cuba, which was completed in 1937.

Both Copelands were active in the land conservation movement, cultural institutions (including both the Hagley and Winterthur Museums), and local civic and philanthropic work. Mrs. Copeland in particular has received many awards in horticulture and been active in historic preservation, most notably in the National Society of Colonial Dames' restoration of Gunston Hall and as a member of committees overseeing the preservation of the White House and the increase of its collection of historic art and artifacts. Mrs. Copeland was the co-author of "The Five George Masons" and the author of a memoir, "Recollections of Pamela Cunningham Copeland" describing her childhood in Litchfield. She died on January 25, 2001.

From the description of Papers, 1637-1998 (bulk, 1950-1998). (Hagley Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122640927


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  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives
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  • Flower shows
  • Gardening
  • Women philanthropists
  • Conservation of natural resources
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  • Historic buildings
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  • World War, 1914-1918--Hospitals
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