Edward Graham Jefferson papers, 1962-1992, (bulk, 1979-1987).


Edward Graham Jefferson papers, 1962-1992, (bulk, 1979-1987).


Edward Jefferson's papers consist of his "personal" business files, and do not include his official correspondence as CEO of DuPont. The papers primarily reflect Jefferson's "Head of State" role at DuPont and his membership on the boards of numerous business, trade and educational organizations. The DuPont and personal activities files document the more ceremonial aspects of Jefferson's role as DuPont CEO, representing the company in meetings with world leaders, other corporate CEO's and media representatives and serving on various state and federal panels. The records include travel arrangements, records of meetings, agendas, briefing books, biographies of dignitaries, presentation books, programs and menus. The major topic, and the major event of Jefferson's tenure, is the bidding war between DuPont and Seagram for control of Conoco Inc., which ended in DuPont's control of Conoco and Seagram's acquisition of the largest single block of DuPont. There are records of frequent ceremonial trips to DuPont and Conoco facilities around the world and notes on both companies' activities in Europe and the Far East. The files document Jefferson's devotion to promoting industrial research and development, including his sponsorship of David Hounshell's and John K. Smith's full-length study of R&D at DuPont, "Science and Corporate Strategy". Other topics include the promotion of energy conservation, industrial competitiveness​, and the international balance of trade. There is a 50th anniversary history of DuPont's Haskell Laboratory for Toxicology and Industrial Medicine and materials relating to General Motors' announcement of the Saturn automobile. The outside boards files consist of minutes, agendas, annual reports and financial statements for the many organizations of which Jefferson was a director, committee member, or trustee. Business corporations include AT&T, Chemical New York Company (a bank holding company), and the Seagram Company, Ltd. Trade associations include the Business Council, the Conference Board, the Government-​University-​Industry Research Roundtable, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council (particularly the process for choosing a site for the proposed superconductive supercollider), and the President's Export Council. Educational institutions include the Center for the History of Chemistry, Columbia University, Tuskegee University, and the Universities Research Association. Jefferson also sat on the board of the Winterthur Museum, and there are extensive files on its management in the early 1980s.

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Business Roundtable

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Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur museum

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Pedersen, Charles J., 1904-1989

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Charles John Pedersen (1904-1989) was born in Pusan, Korea on October 3, 1904. Pedersen's Norwegian father Brede, was a mining engineer with the Oriental Consolidated Mining Company, an American firm that operated the Unsan gold mines in northern Korea. His mother, Takino Yashui, was the daughter of a Japanese merchant dealing in soybeans and silkworms. Pedersen was educated at a Catholic preparatory school in Yokohama, Japan run by the Marianist Order. In 1922, he came ...

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

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Heckert, Richard Edwin, 1924-2010

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Born in Oxford, Ohio on 13 January 1924. Education: B.A., Miami University of Ohio (1944), M.S., Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois (1947), Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, University of Illinois (1955). Employment: 1949-1989 E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Inc.. From the description of Oral history interview with Richard E. Heckert 1994 December 13 (Chemical Heritage Foundation). WorldCat record id: 78584156 Richard E. Heckert was chairman and CEO of E.I. du...

Conoco Inc.

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In the summer of 1981, a four-way bidding war erruptd over the control of Conoco Inc., the world's ninth largest oil company. In the spring, Conoco stockholders had responded favorably to an offer from Dome Petroleum Limited for its Canadian subsidiary, leading large investors to conclude that the company was ripe for a hostile takeover. Edward Jefferson, the new CEO of DuPont, wanted to acquire Conoco as a source of feedstocks to protect the company from oil shocks of t...

Hill, Julian W. (Julian Werner), 1904-1996

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United States. President's Blue Ribbon Commission on Defense Management

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Leisenring, E. B., Jr. (Edward Barnes), 1926-2011

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Shapiro, Irving S. (Irving Saul), 1916-2001

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Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 15 July 1916. Died on 13 September 2001. Education: B.S., Pre-law, University of Minnesota (1939), L.L.B., University of Minnesota (1941). Employment: 1941 Private Practice; 1941-1943 U. S. Office of Price Administration; 1843-1951 U.S. Department of Justice; 1951-1981 E. I. duPont de Nemours and Company, Inc.; 1981-1990 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom. From the description of Oral history interview with Irving S. Shapiro, 1994 December 15. (...

Cornell University

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Copeland, Lammot du Pont, 1905-1983

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Executive of chemical concern. From the description of Reminiscences of Lammot du Pont Copeland, Sr. : oral history, 1975. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122684179 Lammot du Pont Copeland (1905-1983) was born in Christiana Hundred, Delaware, the son of Charles and Louisa d'Andelot du Pont Copeland. His mother was the sister of Pierre, Irenee, and Lammot du Pont, who were presidents of the Du Pont Company from 1919 to 1940. His...

Conoco (Great Britain) Ltd.

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Howard University

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President's Export Council (U.S.)

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Armstrong Rubber Company

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Center for History of Chemistry (U.S.)

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Bechtel Corporation

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