Hagley Seminar on Business, Culture, and Politics

Building on the 30-year legacy of the Hagley Research seminar, the Hagley Seminar on Business, Culture, and Politics features original and creative work in progress essays that make use of business history sources. 

All seminars are held on Zoom between noon and 1:30 p.m. Eastern USA time. Seminars are based on a paper that is circulated in advance. Preregistration is required and space is limited. To find registration links as well as additional information on the seminars, please go to https://www.hagley.org/research/research-seminars. Questions may be sent to Carol Lockman, clockman@Hagley.org

2022 Spring Seminar series

February 23, noon-1:30

Kelly Goodman, West Chester University, “’Let’s Freeze Government Too’: The Business Campaign for Tax Limitation”

Comment: Ben Waterhouse, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 

March 23, noon-1:30

Dylan Gottlieb, Hagley Library NEH Fellow, “Good Taste: Yuppie Gourmet Culture in the Age of Inequality”

Comment: Amy Bentley, New York University

April 20, noon-1:30

Karen Mahar, Sienna College, “Eugenics and the Creation of the Business Executive, 1900-1920”

Comment: Wendy Gamber, Indiana University

May 18, noon-1:30 

Salem Elzway, University of Michigan, “Marxist Manipulators: Robots on the Line at Lordstown”

Comment: Nelson Lichtenstein, University of California, Santa Barbara

NEH-Hagley Fellowship on Business, Culture, and Society

The NEH-Hagley Fellowship on Business, Culture, and Society supports residencies at the Hagley Library in Wilmington, Delaware for junior and senior scholars whose projects make use of Hagley’s substantial research collections. Scholars must have completed all requirements for their doctoral degrees by the February 15 application deadline. In accordance with NEH requirements, these fellowships are restricted to United States citizens or to foreign nationals who have been living in the United States for at least three years. These fellowships are made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Fellowships may be four to twelve months in length and will provide a monthly stipend of $5,000 and complimentary lodging in housing on Hagley’s property. Hagley also will provide supplemental funds for local off-site accommodations to NEH fellowship recipients who can make a compelling case that special circumstance (e.g. disability or family needs) would make it impossible to make use of our scholar’s housing. Scholars receive office space, Internet access, Inter-Library Loan privileges, and the full benefits of visiting scholars, including special access to Hagley’s research collections. They are expected to be in regular and continuous residence and to participate in the Center’s scholarly programs. They must devote full time to their study and may not accept teaching assignments or undertake any other major activities during their residency. Fellows may hold other major fellowships or grants during fellowship tenure, in addition to sabbaticals and supplemental grants from their own institutions, but only those that do not interfere with their residency at Hagley. Other NEH-funded grants may be held serially, but not concurrently.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE FOR THE NEH-HAGLEY FELLOWSHIP ON BUSINESS, CULTURE, AND SOCIETY
Deadline: February 15
Requirements for application: (Apply online at https://www.hagley.org/research/grants-fellowships/funding-application ).
• Current curriculum vitae.
• A 3,000-word explanation of the project and its contributions to pertinent scholarship.
• A statement of no more than 500 words explaining how residency at Hagley would advance the project, particularly the relevance of our research collections.
• A statement indicating the preferred duration of the fellowship.
Applicants also should arrange for two letters of recommendation to arrive separately by the application deadline. These should be sent directly to Carol Lockman, clockman@Hagley.org. Questions regarding this fellowship may be sent to Carol Lockman as well.


NEH-Hagley Fellow 2021-2022:
Dylan Gottlieb
Lecturer in History, Princeton University
Wall Street & the Remaking of New York


Carol Ressler Lockman
Business History Conference
Manager, Hagley Center

Hagley History Hangout: Fashion Capitals

In the course of the twentieth century, Italy succeeded in establishing itself as one of the world’s preeminent fashion capitals, despite the centuries-old predominance of Paris and London. This book traces the story of how this came to be, guiding readers through the major cultural and economic revolutions of twentieth-century Italy and how they shaped the consumption practices and material lives of everyday Italians. In the interview with Roger Horowitz, Executive Director of Hagley Center, Emanuela Scarpellini explores the economic and cultural changes that made it possible for Italian fashion to rise to world prominence in the 1960s and 1970s. She also uncovers the important role played by the DuPont Company in this process, using documents from the Hagley archives to show the company encouraged and promoted the use of synthetic fibers in clothes created by Italian designers.  

Emanuela Scarpellini is Professor of Modern History at the University of Milan, Italy. She is the author of several books, including Material Nation: A Consumer’s History of Modern Italy (2011) and Food and Foodways in Italy from 1861 to the Present (Palgrave, 2016). 

The audio-only version of this program is available on our podcast.

 Interview available at  https://www.hagley.org/research/history-hangout-emanuela-scarpellini .

Recorded on Zoom and available anywhere once they are released, our History Hangouts include interviews with authors of books and other researchers who have use of our collections, and members of Hagley staff with their special knowledge of what we have in our stacks. We began the History Hangouts earlier this summer and now are releasing programs every two weeks on alternate Mondays. Our series is part of the Hagley from Home initiative by the Hagley Museum and Library. The schedule for upcoming episodes, as well as those already released, is available at  https://www.hagley.org/hagley-history-hangout

Hagley History Hangout: US supermarkets

In this episode,  Gregory Hargreaves interviews James McElroy about his dissertation project “Racial Segmentation & Market Segregation: The Late-Twentieth-Century History of the American City Supermarket, 1960-1990.” In support of his research, McElroy, PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota, received an exploratory research grant from the Hagley Center for the History of Business, Technology, & Society. In “Racial Segmentation & Market Segregation,” McElroy offers a social and busines history of supermarkets that links the production and distribution of marketing knowledge with the shaping of urban spaces and communities in the latter half of the twentieth century. The process revealed is one in which market segmentation based upon racialized stereotypes informed the segregation of American cities we live with today.

The audio only version of this program is available on our podcast.

 Interview available at  https://www.hagley.org/research/history-hangout-james-mcelroy.

Recorded on Zoom and available anywhere once they are released, our History Hangouts include interviews with authors of books and other researchers who have use of our collections, and members of Hagley staff with their special knowledge of what we have in our stacks. We began the History Hangouts earlier this summer and now are releasing programs every two weeks on alternate Mondays. Our series is part of the Hagley from Home initiative by the Hagley Museum and Library. The schedule for upcoming episodes, as well as those already released, is available at  https://www.hagley.org/hagley-history-hangout

Hagley offers Oral History Project Grant

The Hagley Center for the History of Business Technology and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington Delaware is proud to announce its Oral History Project Grant.   Grant awards can be up to $5,000. Funds can be used to cover the costs associated with conducting oral history interviews including mileage, trains, air fare, food, lodging, and equipment. Interviews must be conducted in English in accordance with the Oral History Association’s standards as well as Hagley’s own. Projects must augment the Library’s collecting priorities in business history; details may be found at https://www.hagley.org/donate-hagley-library

Our current grant recipient, Kevin Bunch, is conducting research on RCA and the early history of video games.

Applications are due on June 1 and December 1. More information and application procedures can be found here: https://www.hagley.org/research/grants-fellowships/oral-history-project-grant   For questions, and to make sure their projects fall within Hagley’s collecting scope, applicants are encouraged to reach out to Hagley Oral History Program Manager Ben Spohn, bspohn@hagley.org before applying.

Carol Ressler Lockman

Manager, Hagley Center

clockman@hagley.org

Brands and Architecture

I am endlessly fascinating by organizations and the buildings they create for themselves, and the meanings they ascribe to them. So I was delighted to see that there is Hagley History Hangout episode on a similar subject – see the message from the Hagley team below.

New episode is available in the Hagley History Hangout

Ben Spohn interviews Grace Ong Yan about her recent book, Building Brands: Corporations and Modern Architecture. In her book, Ong Yan explores the development of corporate Modernism through architectural branding. She does this by examining the design and construction of four corporate headquarters: the PSFS Building by George Howe and William Lescaze, the Johnson Wax Administration Building by Frank Lloyd Wright, Lever House by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and the Röhm & Haas Building by Pietro Belluschi. Ong Yan  draws on company archives to detail the relationships between company leaders and architects to communicate their company’s identity and messaging to the general public through the medium of architecture. 

Grace Ong Yan, Ph.D. is an author, architectural historian, educator, and designer. She is currently Assistant Professor in Interior Design & Interior Architecture at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Ong Yan Co-edited Architect: In the Words of the Pritzker Prize Laureates.  She is also an architect and interior designer as Ong Yan Studios. 

The audio-only version of this program is available on our podcast.

 Interview available at  https://www.hagley.org/research/history-hangout-grace-ong-yan.

Recorded on Zoom and available anywhere once they are released, our History Hangouts include interviews with authors of books and other researchers who have use of our collections, and members of Hagley staff with their special knowledge of what we have in our stacks. We began the History Hangouts earlier this summer and now are releasing programs every two weeks on alternate Mondays. Our series is part of the Hagley from Home initiative by the Hagley Museum and Library. The schedule for upcoming episodes, as well as those already released, is available at  https://www.hagley.org/hagley-history-hangout

Hagley Museum & Library Grants & Fellowships

The Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware is pleased to announce the recipients of grants and fellowships awarded from December 2020 to May 2021

Please note that the next deadline for applications for the exploratory and Henry Belin du Pont Fellowship research grants is June 30th; we offer longer-term residential fellowships as well.  For information on our full grant program, deadlines, and application requirements, go to https://www.hagley.org/research/grants-fellowships

Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowships

This fellowship is designed for graduate students who have completed all course work for the doctoral degree and are conducting research on their dissertation. Applications should demonstrate superior intellectual quality, present a persuasive methodology for the project, and show that there are significant research materials at Hagley pertinent to the dissertation. This is a residential fellowship with a term of four months. The fellowship provides $6,500, free housing on Hagley’s grounds, mail and internet access, and an office. Application deadline: November 15

Hagley Exploratory Research Grants

These grants support one-week visits by scholars who believe that their project will benefit from Hagley research collections, but need the opportunity to explore them on-site to determine if a Henry Belin du Pont Fellowship application is warranted. Priority will be given to junior scholars with innovative projects that seek to expand on existing scholarship. Applicants should reside more than 50 miles from Hagley, and the stipend is $400. Application deadlines: March 31, June 30 and October 31

Henry Belin du Pont Fellowships

These research grants enable scholars to pursue advanced research and study in the collections of the Hagley Library. They are awarded for the length of time needed to make use of Hagley collections for a specific project. The stipends are for a maximum of eight weeks and are pro-rated at $400/week for recipients who reside further than 50 miles from Hagley, and $200/week for those within 50 miles. Application deadlines: March 31, June 30 and October 31.

The NEH-Hagley Fellowship on Business, Culture, and Society 

2021-2022 Fellow

Dylan Gottlieb

Dylan Gottlieb is a historian of the United States specializing in cities and capitalism in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and a lecturer at Princeton University. His book project, titled Yuppies: Wall Street & the Remaking of New York, under contract with Harvard University Press, examines how “young, urban professionals” wielded the cutting edge of financialization in American life. You can learn more about Dylan by visiting https://www.dylangottlieb.org/  Information and application for the NEH-Hagley Fellowship on Business, Culture and Society are on Hagley Museum and Library’s website at https://www.hagley.org/neh-hagley-postdoctoral-fellowship-business-culture-and-society .

Louis Galambos National Fellowship in Business and Politics

2021-2022 Fellow

Salem Elzway

Salem Elzway is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Michigan, where his research focuses on STS (science, technology, & society) and political economy in the twentieth-century United States. His dissertation project is titled “Arms of the State: A History of the Industrial Robot in Postwar America.” You can learn more about Salem and his research on this episode of the Hagley History Hangout: https://www.hagley.org/research/history-hangout-salem-elzway.  Information and application for the Louis Galambos National Fellowship in Business and Politics are on Hagley Museum and Library’s website at https://www.hagley.org/research/grants-fellowships/louis-galambos

Grants/Fellowships Award/December 2020

H. B. du Pont Dissertation Fellowship

Amanda Thompson

Ph. D. Candidate

Bard Graduate Center

Seminole and Micccosukee Patchwork:  Craft, Sovereignty, and Settler Colonial Relations

Exploratory Grants

Jason Barr

Professor

Rutgers University, New Brunswick

John J. Raskob and the Economics of the Empire State Buidling

Tracy Barnett

Ph.D. Candidate

Univerity of Georgia

“Men and Their Guns”:  The Culture of Self-Deputized Manhood in the South, 1850-1877

Clark Barwick

Senior Lecturer

Indiana University

American Coffee:  Peter Schlumbohm and Chemex Coffee Maker

Briceno Bowrey

Ph.D. Candidate

Univerity of Maryland, College Park

Biomedical Research at RCA, 1960-1990

Hanul Choe

Master’s Candidate

The University of Georgia

Distant Management:  American Political Development at the Panama Canal, 1904-14

Casey Eilbert

Ph.D. Candidate

Princeton University

Bureaucracy:  A Keyword in American Political History

Bryant Etheridge

Visiting Lecturer

Bridgewater State University

The Tragedy of Taft-Hartley:  Interunion Rivalry, New Deal Labor, and the Emergence of Post-War Conservatism

Gerard Fitzgerald

Visiting Scholar

George Mason University

The Nature of War:  An Evironmental History of Industrialization in the United States During World War I

Kelsey McNiff

Associate Professor

Endicott College

“Eight people of some talent, with so much virtue”:  A Portrait of the du Pont Family at their Arrival in the United States

Florencia Pierri

Ph.D. Candidate

Princeton University

Toys that Teach:  Computer Games in 1960s America

Aaron Van Ness

Ph.D. Candidate

Harvard University

“The Restoration of What?”: From The Persistence of Inexhaustibility in Fisheries Science

Emmet von Stackelberg

Ph.D. Candidate

Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Seeing through Silver:  A Material and Chemical History of Moving Images before WWII

Michael Wheeler

Research Engineer

SRC, Inc.

The Repeal of the Corn Laws and US Transportation Investment

H. B. du Pont Fellowship

Cody Patton

Ph.D. Candidate

The Ohio State University

Nature’s Brew:  An Environmental History of American Brewing

2 weeks

Brian Sarginger

Ph.D. Candidate

University of Maryland, College Park

The Shareholder Movement:   Shareholder Activism and Activists in the 20th Century

4 weeks

Derek Vouri-Richard

Ph.D. Candidate

The College of William and Mary

Corporate Semiotics:  Creating US Mass Culture Pedegory, 1890-1970

2 weeks

Che Yeun

Ph.D. Candidate

Harvard University

Science and Self in the Modern Age of Smell

4 weeks

Grants/Fellowships Award/May 2021

Exploratory Grants

Jason Black

Professor

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Representations of U.S. and Canadian Masculinity in 20th Century Seagram Advertisements

Barrie Blatchford

Ph.D. Candidate

Columbia University

Fashion Victims:  An Environmental History of the American Fur Industry, 1870-2006

Bre Anne Brisley

Ph.D. Candidate

Indiana University

Examining Ernest Dichter’s International Correspondence

Ann Charles

Masters Candidate

Goucher College

The Five-Star: Eventing and Event Planning During a Pandemic

Beth DeFrancis Sun

Research and Reference Librarian

Georgetown University

The “X” Trade Patents:  Rediscovering America’s Lost Inventions

Youn Ki

Research Professor

Seoul National University

Employers’ Political Mobilization of Workers in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s

Suzy Kopf

Independent Scholar

Unpeeling the Orange Empire:  The Lasting Impact of Sunkist’s Advertising in the Twentieth Century

Benjamin Leavitt

Ph.D. Candidate

Baylor University

Partners in Design:  The Architectural History of Grove City College

Grace Ong Yan

Assistant Professor

Thomas Jefferson University

Inside the Architecture of Business, Networks & Media

Marshall Scheetz

Master Copper

Jamestown Cooperage LLC

Coopers, Cooperage, and Cask Production at E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

Mark Tseng-Putterman

Ph.D. Candidate

Brown University

Transpacific Networks:  Media, Infrastructure, and Ideology in America’s Asia

H. B. du Pont Fellowship

Robrecht Declerq

Postdoc

Ghent University

Saving Private Property:  American Business, Economic Sovereignty and Protecting Business Assets Abroad (1950-1995)

3 weeks

Maureen Thompson

Ph.D. Candidate

Florida International University

Capitalism, Crops, and Cultural Change Through the Lens of the W. Atlee Burpee Seed Company, 1876-1915

2 weeks

Hagley Center Grants/Fellowships Announcement

by Carol Ressler Lockman

The Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware is pleased to announce the recipients of grants and fellowships awarded July 25th, 2019. Please note that the next deadline for applications for the exploratory and Henry Belin du Pont Fellowship is October 31st. The H. B. du Pont Dissertation Fellowship deadline is November 15th. Here is the link on Hagley Museum and Library’s website to apply…. https://www.hagley.org/research/grants-fellowships.

Carol Ressler Lockman

Manager, Hagley Center

PO Box 3630

Wilmington DE 19807

Email:  clockman@hagley.org

302-658-2400, x243

Exploratory Grants:

Anthony Grasso

Assistant Professor

U.S. Military Academy

Privilege and Punishment: Class, Crime, and the Development of the American State

Louisa Iarocci

Associate Professor

University of Washington, Seattle

Bin, Bag, Box: The Architecture of Convenience

Andrew Wasserman

Visiting Assistant Professor

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The Public Art of Public Relations: Creating the New American City

H. B. du Pont Fellowship

Trish Kahle

Post Doctoral Fellow

University of Chicago

The Graveyard Shift: Coal and Citizenship in an Age of Energy Crisis

Malwina Lys-Dobradin

Ph. D. Candidate

Columbia University

The Historical Trajectory of “Free Enterprise”

Sara Wermiel

Independent Researcher

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Railroad contractors and the rise of general contractors for buildings

Hagley Exploratory Research Grants

These grants support one-week visits by scholars who believe that their project will benefit from Hagley research collections, but need the opportunity to explore them on-site to determine if a Henry Belin du Pont Fellowship application is warranted. Priority will be given to junior scholars with innovative projects that seek to expand on existing scholarship. Applicants should reside more than 50 miles from Hagley, and the stipend is $400. Application deadlines: March 31, June 30 and October 31

Henry Belin du Pont Fellowships

These research grants enable scholars to pursue advanced research and study in the collections of the Hagley Library. They are awarded for the length of time needed to make use of Hagley collections for a specific project. The stipends are for a maximum of eight weeks and are pro-rated at $400/week for recipients who reside further than 50 miles from Hagley, and $200/week for those within 50 miles. Application deadlines: March 31, June 30 and October 31

Henry Belin du Pont Dissertation Fellowships

This fellowship is designed for graduate students who have completed all course work for the doctoral degree and are conducting research on their dissertation. Applications should demonstrate superior intellectual quality, present a persuasive methodology for the project, and show that there are significant research materials at Hagley pertinent to the dissertation. This is a residential fellowship with a term of four months. The fellowship provides $6,500, free housing on Hagley’s grounds, mail and internet access, and an office. Application deadline: November 15