News and Notes

November 23, 2012

Hagley Museum & Library obtains Pahlmann Papers, Schroeder Papers, and Sperry Corporation Photographs

William Pahlmann Papers (Accession 2388)
William Pahlmann defined mid-century modern in domestic and public interior designs. His papers, including many sample books and other artifacts from the working life of a designer in high demand, are now available at Hagley. This project was supported in part by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Herman Schroeder Papers (Accession 2468)
H. E. Schroeder was a research chemist who spent most of his career with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company.  Schroeder’s professional life is covered by copies of some research papers, articles and patents, mostly on elastomers and particularly the history and chronology of neoprene. There are also biographical sketches of other DuPont scientists and a photo of the Gossamer Albatross, a muscle-powered airplane sponsored by DuPont.  Materials relating to awards and honors include a copy of Schroeder’s remarks at a Nobel Prize banquet for Ernst Ruska, materials relating to the 1987 Nobel Prize awarded to fellow DuPont chemist Charles J. Pedersen, correspondence regarding Schroeder’s own numerous awards and honors, and his actual Lavoisier Medal.

Photographs of the Sperry Corporation, UNIVAC Division (Accession 985.261)
Hagley has completed a major rehousing and cataloging of the images in the Sperry-UNIVAC collection, comprised of hundreds of photographs of an iconic organization in the history of computing. This project was supported by a generous grant from CONSOL Energy.

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Vannevar Bush (1890-1974) led American science policy during and after WWII
Courtesy of the American Philosophical Society